Day 3 of the 12 Days of Wishbook brings us to a little-known USO program that’s a fan favorite for troops around the world.
Our troops love sports. And our generous donors - both on the national and local level - understand this, providing the USO with thousands of tickets and funds for professional and collegiate sports events year round. It could be as big as a major donor in Boston handing off a block of courtside seats to a Celtics game, a benevolent community member dropping their unused upper deck tickets at one of our centers, or - in the case of Jessica Nash - a surprise giveaway for unsuspecting troops and their families at the USO Missouri’s center at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
“They were great seats and made for a wonderful surprise to bring home to my husband,“ said Nash, whose husband is an active-duty sailor. "It was fantastic. A really, really, nice surprise by both the USO and the person who donated the tickets.”
You can help bring a great surprise to troops and their families this holiday season the same way with just a few clicks.
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