Treats for the Troops
WESTON, CT, October 19, 2011 – If you’d rather not have the temptation of leftover candy in your home after Halloween, Weston resident, Lyn Milliman, has just the place to unload it – the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. In the weeks following Halloween, hundreds of U.S. soldiers deployed in the toughest areas of Afghanistan will be sent candy from Weston, CT and other local area residents more than happy to donate their leftover treats.
Milliman started this local tradition four years ago when her nephew was serving in Iraq. Since then, she has sent hundreds of pounds of Halloween candy to troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, as word of what she was doing spread around town and the number of donations grew each year. In addition to Weston, businesses and residents in Westport and other neighboring towns have joined the effort over the years.
“Halloween candy is a big hit with the troops any time of year,” Milliman said. “It’s an easy way to show our gratitude for the sacrifices they make, and the soldiers are so appreciative of the gesture that it is humbling. I am deeply grateful for everyone’s generosity and support for this initiative, as it means so much to our troops.”
This year, Lyn is collaborating on candy collection, sorting, packaging and shipping with Weston Supports the Troops, a volunteer organization that oversees the town’s partnership with the U.S. Army’s Blackhawk Brigade, a combat unit of more than 4,000 soldiers. Many of the Brigade’s brave men and women served in Iraq and are now in Afghanistan, putting their life on the line every day. This year’s candy donations will be sent to these soldiers.
Halloween candy can now be dropped off at The Weston Public Library, where there is a collection bin until November 11. The Weston Intermediate School will also have a collection bin in the Main Office from November 1-11 for students and parents.
In addition to candy, donations to help cover shipping costs are appreciated.
For further information, please contact Jane Young-Anglim of Weston Supports the Troops at (203) 221-1969 or Lyn Milliman at (203) 557-0185.
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