Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Slumping Economy Shouldn't Mean a Gloomy Holiday for Troops: Troop Support Programs Deliver Holiday Cheer

PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of soldiers hoping to receive a holiday package from home may be disappointed this year.

Troops support programs report that fewer packages are being sent this year than ever before. Popular online package provider Treats for Troops (http://www.treatsfortroops.com/) says the number of soldiers being sponsored through their Foster-A-Soldier program has fallen by nearly twenty-five percent from last year.

"People are struggling to pay their bills and worried about making it a Merry Christmas for their own families," says TFT founder Deborah Crane. "But I am heartsick thinking about the thousands of soldiers who have registered with our program in hopes of getting a package who might not get anything through Treats for Troops this holiday.

"We've never had a year when every soldier registered didn't receive something. We are doing everything we can to reach out to companies, groups, organizations and people who care about our troops in hopes of getting more support in time for the holidays," Crane continued.

The company's Denver warehouse is filled with holiday feasts, bright red stockings stuffed with cookies, candies and treats, electronic games, phone cards, and dozens of other packages, all ready to brighten a homesick soldier's holiday.

Thousands of soldiers from every state and branch of service are registered with their Foster-A-Soldier Program. The company's selection process allows people to select a soldier to sponsor by home state, area of deployment, branch of service or gender.

Treats for Troops also has groups and units of all sizes registered for support. Their Group Gift Department will do all the work for anyone wanting to make supporting the troops a holiday project. They will even suggest items that particular soldiers or units need most and help sponsors create a personal message to go with each gift.

"Thank you so much for the package," wrote Army soldier John Vigil. "I only get mail every so often and it never feels good to be the guy who doesn't get anything. I really appreciate everything and will share with all my buddies here. It's really good to know that people still support the troops."

For information on how to send a holiday care package to the troops, visit http://www.treatsfortroops.com/.

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