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    Posted December 21, 2011

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"Adopt A Troop" Holiday Drive is Sponsored by Phoenix-Tucson Area Liaison Committee

By Tony Hodges, Phoenix Tucson Area Liaison

Tony Hodges

To honor the men and women in our Armed Forces serving abroad, the Phoenix-Tucson Liaison Committee gathered donations for holiday care packages in December for the third year in a row as part of an "Adopt a Troop" project. Arizona Equity members expressed their appreciation and gratitude to those in military service by donating much needed items such as toiletries and socks, as well as holiday cheer in the form of candy, hot chocolate, paperback books, playing cards and games.

This year, the Phoenix-Tucson Liaison Committee joined forces with Girl Scout Brownie Troop 2817 from the Meadowlark Neighborhood of Phoenix, of which Liaison Committee Member Maren Maclean's daughter is a member. The Brownies worked on the project with Equity members as part of their Community Service and not only assisted in collection of donations, but pack all of the boxes for shipping. The combined collection efforts gathered enough donations to fill 16 boxes destined for different locations in Afghanistan, each box containing items bagged together for distribution to as many as 20-30 individual servicemen and women.

Girl Scout Brownie Troop 2817

In addition to the boxes to be sent overseas, sufficient donations were received to fill several boxes with food, toiletries and stationery that were delivered to local organizations selected by the Brownie Troop, including UMOM (providing services to Arizona's homeless families), Maggie's Place (a home for single mothers), and Operation Santa Claus (a community-wide effort benefiting children's charities).

"Once again I'm proud and pleased at the generosity of Arizona Equity members," said Phoenix-Tucson Liaison Tony Hodges. "Working with the Brownie Troop was a huge plus that enabled us to not only double what we sent overseas last year to acknowledge in a small way the absence and sacrifice of service members, but allowed us to also share some of that generosity to meet needs within the local community." Liaison Committee member Charles St. Clair added, "This is a great thing... done by great people. Thank you."

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