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01/03/03

Southern Smiles Seeks Donations

Shopping for the troops. Shopping for the troops.

Southern Smiles is getting ready to send the men and women from the Coastal Empire heading abroad a little reminder of home. The volunteer company last September got together and gave out more than 4,000 care packages to troops deploying over seas. They also paired up each with a pen pal. Now, with the latest marching orders, they're back at it. But with as many as 16,000 troops from our area heading to the Middle East, Southern Smiles is looking for a little help.

If you would like to help donate your time or money, call 912.356.9981 and ask for Southern Smiles during daytime business hours or log on to www.southernsmiles.org. The organization's tax ID is 36-4503657, and its mailing address is PO Box 15933, Savannah, GA 31416.

These ladies are on a mission to supply our soldiers with just a few of the things they won't have a chance to get while they're in the Middle East. But with so many supplies to buy for the soldiers and with such little time to do it, they need whatever they can get. And they need it fast.

"We're really in to kicking into high mode right now," said Savannah Smiles' Linda Long. "It's going to be about 16,000 soldiers that are going to be deployed out of Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield very, very quickly."

So these ladies are loading up, pushing and pulling all the goods they can, as fast as they can.

"When these guys are over there, as soon as they arrive, we like to have a care package sent to them immediately," said Long.

Even with what they have managed to get, they are still nowhere near getting what they need.

"They run us anywhere from three to five dollars a bag, so you do the math and you can see how much money we're looking for," said Long.

This total may stretch anyone's budget, but for the thousands of troops who are going to be deployed, simple little treats like these will go a long way for the people who will be protecting our nation so far away from home.

If you would like to help donate your time or money, call 912.356.9981 and ask for Southern Smiles during daytime business hours or log on to www.southernsmiles.org. The organization's tax ID is 36-4503657, and its mailing address is PO Box 15933, Savannah, GA 31416.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

 

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