Thursday, November 29, 2007

Pin Ups And Treats For Troops


Gina Elise is a model with a BA from UCLA. She has spent the past two years on her project that combines what she knows (modeling, photography, history) to help a cause dear to her heart -hospitalized veterans and soldiers in need.

So, she created a project called Pin Ups for Vets which is co-sponsored by American Legion Post 360 of Lake Arrowhead, California. Her 2007 Pin Up Calendar sold out and now she has her 2008 Calendar available. These pin ups are reminiscent of the photos of starlets adored by GI's during WWII.

Your calendar donation will go towards: eyeglasses for Veterans, the home health program, recreational therapy, spinal cord injury & amputee programs, substance abuse program, women’s Veterans’ program, chapel improvements, homeless program, reading materials and subscriptions for the Veterans, patio improvements, parking lot shuttle, courtesy cart, social relief fund, televisions, wheelchairs, and outreach programs for the visually impaired.


Treats for Troops is an organization that seeks to do exactly that; put a smile on the face of a GI Joe or Jane far away from home. You can purchase candy, gadgets, drug store items, snacks and beverages for our service members. The gifts I saw ranged from about $30 on up. Go take a look see.

There is also a Foster A Soldier program that you can join. Thousands of men and women from every branch of the service are registered with Treats for Troops. If you want to send a care package to show your support, they’ll match you with a soldier who’d love to hear from you. You can choose your soldier by branch of service, home state, gender, general location, birthday, or you can let the program automatically select the soldier who’s been waiting the longest to receive a package.

So maybe bless yourself this holiday season by adopting a soldier.

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