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    Tuesday, December 13, 2005

    "Holiday" Shopping Not Going So Well?

    Consider buying a phone card on behalf of a loved one:

    AMERICANS looking for a way to offer some holiday cheer to our troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan might want to consider the USO's Operation Phone Home — a program to give prepaid phone cards to those serving in forward-deployed locations.

    The United Service Organizations, incorporated in New York in 1941, has provided America's men and women in uniform with a sense of home away from home for more than six decades.

    Since its inception in April 2003, Operation Phone Home has distributed more than a million phone cards. The USO plans to distribute many more over the holiday season to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and to those recuperating from injuries in the United States and abroad.

    This year, the USO is offering two other ways to support America's men and women in uniform during the holiday season: through care packages of toiletries, treats and other items and through their United Through Reading program, where deployed servicemen, are taped reading bedtime stories, and the tapes are sent to their children at home.

    Donations can be made online, at www.uso.org/donate/default.cfm, or over the phone 1-800-876-7469.

    Or send a check, made out to the USO and with "O.P.H." written on the memo line, to:

    USO World Headquarters
    PO Box 96860
    Washington, D.C. 20090-6860


    This is a wonderful program and I plan to participate; hope you will too.

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