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USO Care Package Program Tops 2 Million Mark

Monday, December 06, 2010

It is appropriate that during the season of giving, the USO has passed the two million mark for care packages shipped to service men and women overseas. The milestone was reached at Fort Belvoir, Va., as more than 100 volunteers, troops and their families gathered to assemble more than 5,200 care packages. The group was joined by “Jackass” star Jason "Wee Man" Acuna (pictured at left, holding the two millionth package) and the USA Cheerleaders. 

“This holiday season is the perfect time to celebrate the two millionth USO care package and to remember our men and women in uniform and their families. This milestone represents America’s two millionth act of kindness and support for our troops,” said USO President Sloan Gibson. “As we decorate trees, wrap presents and prepare to celebrate the holidays, let us not forget the thousands of troops deployed all over the world. Our troops continue their selfless service in defense of the liberties we hold dear and now is the time for us to let America’s bravest citizens know that they will forever be At Home in Our Hearts.” 

Operation USO Care Package Program Director Jonathon Cannon said: “Each item included in the care package was carefully selected to meet the changing needs of today’s service men and women. Our volunteers are on a mission to make sure our troops are not forgotten -- especially this time of year. For the last seven years of the Operation USO Care Package program, they have all included a special gift in each care package they assembled -- love.” 

Each USO care package, sponsored for $25, includes approximately $75 worth of items requested by service members, such as a prepaid international phone card, sunscreen, travel size toiletries (shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, lip balm, hand sanitizer, etc.), snacks and a personal message of support from the donor. Care packages are delivered to troops deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq and other overseas locations, as well as troops arriving and departing on rest and recuperation (R&R) flights and special send-off celebrations. 

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