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America Supports You: Effort Supports Calif. Military Families

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2004 – A statewide effort is helping provide a happier holiday season for California residents serving in the military and their family members.

"Operation Christmas for Our Troops" has prompted the collection of nearly 7,000 toys as well as certificates and cash donations to help military families make ends meet or cover emergency expenses.

The program is sponsored by Yellow Ribbon America and the National Guard Association of California, with support of the State Assembly and Senate. Yellow Ribbon America was founded in March 2003 as a nonpartisan, grassroots effort to unite Americans in helping military families in their local communities.

Brad White, chairman of Yellow Ribbon America, said Yellow Ribbon America said this support runs the gamut from providing yellow ribbons to communities as symbols of their support for servicemembers to helping families financially during times of need.

White said DVDs are among the most popular items troops have received through the program. At Fort Lewis, Wash., a Yellow Ribbon America drive provided enough DVDs to create a full video library, he said.

"With the current technology available, even some of the soldiers in the field are able to play DVDs and watch favorite movies from home," White said. "That can mean a lot, especially this time of year."

(From a Yellow Ribbon America news release.)

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