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November 1, 2006

Cordele -- You can help show US troops overseas that people back here at home appreciate their service. The Cordele Kiwanis Club is gathering items to send to troops throughout the holiday season.

One military veteran says things we may take for granted mean so much to service men and women.

Danny Greene served in the army for 23 years, and he remembers the tough times he faced. That's why he's packing this box full of stuff to send to troops overseas.

"They're keeping their minds on their jobs of course because they're in a very dangerous environment. But anytime they get some down time and they get something like this, it really brightens their day," said Danny Greene.

It's part of a new project by the Cordele Kiwanis Club that will go on throughout the upcoming holiday season. They're working with a marine platoon leader in Fallujah to distribute the goods.

"Who can't afford 50-100 bucks for this. How hard is that to do?" asked Greene.

The Kiwanis Club says they community can help too, by bringing donations like baby wipes or books to the Crisp-Cordele Chamber of Commerce.

Other items that troops requested include q-tips, Gold Bond foot powder, or non-perishable snacks.

"You can stick these things in your pocket and if you do miss a meal, get the munchies, you can take them out and chew on them," said Greene.

The items are small, often times stuff we take for granted at home. But the items are a tremendous help for troops battling the conditions.

"It's nasty in the desert. You have extreme temps and it can all happen in one day as well," said Greene.

Former soldier Danny Greene remembers how hard it is to live without the comforts of home, so he does what he can to help out.

"Regardless of your political views these guys are out there because they love this nation. It's just the right thing to do," said Greene.

Greene hopes others will pitch in too. It's a small way to serve those, serving our country overseas.

The Kiwanis club wants to send the first shipment on Friday.You can donate items at the Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce or Akin Insurance Agency in Cordele.

Requested items include: energy bars, books, magazines, sunflower seeds, seasoning salt, chewing gum, Avon Skin so Soft, DVD's, CD's, double-A batteries, eye drops, Q-tips, anti-bacterial wipes, hard candy, and Copenhagen snuff in a tin. It's serves as a bargaining tool for the soldiers, and for those who use it it helps keep them alert.

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