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by George Malik on 04/01/11 at 06:28 PM ET
This bit of news precedes the Detroit Red Wings’ practice updates and the Claude Lemieux-Darren McCarty signing, as well as the viral video contest and Chris Chelios posts by a wide margin. Per DetroitRedWings.com’s Christy Hammond, the Wings and Canadian Club did something nothing less than fantastic today:
RED WINGS AND CANADIAN CLUB PRESENT CHECKS TO USO FOR $10,000: Donation Will Send 400 Care Packages to Military Serving Overseas …
Detroit, MI… All seven American Detroit Red Wings players joined Dan Tullio, the Director of Canadian Club; Ralph Pugliese, VP of Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc.; and Katie Boyle, USO Corporate Alliances Coordinator, in the presentation of two checks totaling $10,000 to the USO before the Wings’ home game against the St. Louis Blues on March 30. With this donation, USO will send 400 care packages to military members serving overseas.
The Red Wings players began an initiative in early 2011 to donate $50 for every Red Wings goal scored at home during the remainder of the regular season, which was then matched by Canadian Club. With each Wings goal netted at the Joe, the $100 donation between the players and Canadian Club covered the cost of four care packages to be sent by the USO to deployed service men and women.
Since the inception of the Operation USO Care Package program in 2003, the USO has sent more than two million care packages to military serving in the Middle East and other overseas locations. Each USO care package, sponsored for $25, includes approximately $75 worth of items requested by service members, such as a prepaid international phone card, sunscreen, travel size toiletries and snacks.
As outspoken government critic but ardent, ardent USA supporter Henry Rollins might suggest, regardless of what you think about the engagements our troops are fighting, the troops themselves deserve our respect, admiration, care, time energy and effort, because they’re doing some tremendously difficult and dangerous jobs so that we don’t have to do them. The USO makes a real difference in the lives of our fighting men and women.
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