Red Cross, Starbucks Provide Wake-up for Troops
By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2002 A ton of coffee is pouring its way to military members in many forward-deployed locations starting Oct. 24 courtesy of Starbucks Coffee and the American Red Cross.
Employees of more than 90 Starbucks stores in the northeastern United States have donated their weekly coffee allotments to U.S. military members serving overseas. Company employees receive a weekly pound of coffee as a job perk; their donations have totaled 2,000 pounds. The Red Cross is shipping the coffee overseas through its Armed Forces Emergency Services program. A Red Cross official explained agency workers are generally located everywhere U.S. troops are stationed or deployed.
Federal Express donated the shipping services to get the ton of coffee as far as Ramstein Air Base, Germany. From there, the Red Cross is distributing the coffee to deployed troops in the Balkans and the Middle East.