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MarineParents.com to hold final care package packing day of 2007 for active duty Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Tracy Della Vecchia
MarineParents.com, Inc.
2810 Lemone Industrial Boulevard, Suite B
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573) 449-2003

Columbia, MO – November 2, 2007- MarineParents.com will be holding its final packing day of 2007 on Saturday, November 3rd, from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM in its offices at 2810 Lemone Industrial Boulevard, Suite B. Over 1100 care packages will be packed and mailed to Marines on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Turkey dinners for Thanksgiving and cigars for the United States Marine Corps 232nd birthday on November 10th will be among the items packed in this shipment.

Because the Department of Defense does not support adopt-a-soldier programs, MarineParents.com offers a program which ships care packages only to addresses which have been supplied by family members of combat deployed Marines or from other Marines that send us the names and addresses of their fellow Marines who are not receiving packages or letters from home. After Saturday, MarineParents.com will have shipped 5500 care packages this year and over 12,000 packages since the program started in December 2004.

This endeavor would not be possible without help from the community. Over 70 volunteers will be on hand during the packing process - constructing boxes, sorting materials, packing, and labeling boxes for mailing. Additionally, private citizens, companies, churches, Boy Scout troops, and other organizations throughout the country have donated items for the care packages and funds for the mailing costs.

Local businesses have also helped with this task. The various Joe Machens dealerships have collected donations and materials to send in the care packages, and will also be purchasing lunch for the volunteers working on Saturday. Dayton Freight has transported supplies purchased by MarineParents.com. Mutrux Sinclair has conducted a battery drive and will also be donating drinks for the volunteers. Finally, the United States Post Office has helped with the preparation of the customs forms that must be included with each box and will deliver the care packages directly to its facilities at the Columbia Regional Airport Saturday afternoon.

Individuals who would like to assist with the packing day but are unable to do so can help with the weekly sorting process. On Thursdays from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM, volunteers can sort donations that are received via the mail and organize those items for future mailings.

More information on how one can help with the Care Package Project can be found at http://www.carepackageproject.com/carepkg-project-how-to-help.asp

MarineParents.com, Inc. is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) public charity. Neither the United States Marine Corps nor any other component of the Department of Defense has approved, endorsed, or authorized this service.
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