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Treats for Troops

Local church sponsors gifts for soldiers

As Thanksgiving yields to Christmas, festive lights are being strung and shopping centers are crowding. But not everyone is home to enjoy the holiday season.

Many young servicemen and women will be spending their Christmas in Iraqi mess halls or, worse, in remote outposts where enjoying the comforts civilians take for granted is only a wish. But one national organization with a local affiliate is making a wish a reality.
Treats for Troops was started in Denver by businesswoman Deborah Crane but through her online outreach service her mission to bring smiles to homesick soldiers’ faces has spread throughout the country. The website, www.treatsfortroops.com, not only offers a gift shop in which individuals can purchase items to send to American troops serving abroad but a program called “Foster-a-Soldier” in which organizations and companies can sponsor service personnel according to branch of service, home state or other specialized category.
The First Christian Church of Ennis has signed on to sponsor care packages and letters to Ellis County men and women of the armed forces who are currently serving overseas.
The church is calling for community participation in ensuring that all area soldiers are sent a selection of the treats they might otherwise miss out on during the holidays.
Families or friends of servicemen and women are urged to drop by the church with information about their loved ones so they can be added to the list of recipients of care packages. Soldiers’ names, their military rank and branch, and APO/FPO addresses are required. Addition information is also sought, such as soldiers’ hometown, high school, church or club affiliations, hobbies, interests, honors as well as names of relatives and friends.
The First Christian Church is located at 806 Baldridge St. Hours for delivering troop information are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sundays. To mail in soldiers’ names write to First Christian Church, P.O. Box 363, Ennis TX 75120.
Readers of the Ennis Daily News can use the printed advertisement form that appears periodically within the pages of the newspaper and then drop off the forms at the EDN office at 213 N. Dallas St.

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