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Tunes for the Troops

Kaylee Marie Radzyminski organizes CD's Kaylee Marie Radzyminski organizes CD's
Kaylee and Cheerleaders From Pittsburgh Kaylee and Cheerleaders From Pittsburgh
Tunes 4 the Troops has collected over 170,000 Discs Tunes 4 the Troops has collected over 170,000 Discs
Tunes 4 the Troops Founder Kaylee Marie Radzyminski Tunes 4 the Troops Founder Kaylee Marie Radzyminski

Savannah, GA (WTOC) - 16-year-old Kaylee Marie Radzyminski sings a different tune from most when it comes to showing her support of the troops. She sends them music. Not music she sings but rather music she's collected. DVD's, CD's, Books on Disc, she collects them all and ships them out to our soldiers in combat zones.

Kaylee Marie started Tunes 4r the Troops back in 2005 as a way to give back to our soldiers.  She travels all over the country promoting her effort and this weekend she's in Savannah at the Battle of the Champions Cheerleading Competition collecting more music. She says the cheerleaders compete with each other not just on stage but to see which squad brings the most discs.

Kaylee's efforts inspired others to join her in making Tunes 4 the Troops a country wide effort. Her idea has caught on all over the United States. Currently there are 800 satellite centers that collect the dvd's and cd's for our troops.

Thanks to her effort, she's collected over 100 thousand discs and sent them to our soldiers.

She hopes to start a satellite operation in the low country.

"I got to talking to some military personnel and the one thing they said when they came back from overseas was they craved entertainment. And what little entertainment they did have they would A) listen to it so many times they'd get sick of it and B) give it to another guy so they would have something to listen too." says Radzyminski.

Becca Bonine is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and she started collecting music and became a satellite location for Tunes 4 the Troops, "We just really wanted to help out the soldiers so we set up boxes at my church, thrift stores, and christian book stores and we collected a lot."

For more information go to Kaylee Marie's website: tunes4thetroops.org

Reported by: Melissa Maikos, mmaikos@wtoc.com

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