Scottsdale care package effort brightens holidays for soldiers

IMG_1576 FOR WEBIt is hard to think about being away from home for Christmas but for many of those in the military, this is a reality.

So, Southwestern Eye Center locations across Arizona and in New Mexico will partner with Packages from Home to brighten the holidays for deployed American military heroes who are stationed in active duty theaters around the world.

Packages from Home started in November 2005. Since its inception, they have successfully sent over 140,000 boxes and hundreds of thousands of pounds of food overseas.

Packages from Home’s goal is to send an average of 1,000 or more packages a month.

Valley residents can get involved by donating items including non-perishable food, personal toiletries and recreational items to any of the 22 Southwestern Eye Center locations between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. All donations will then be hand-packed by volunteers and addressed to an individual soldier.

IMG_1573 FOR WEBLarger packages of specialty items — books, movies, sports equipment, playing cards, etc. can also be donated and will be shared at recreation centers on the military bases.

“We are so excited to partner with such a great organization for the holidays,” said Shane Armstrong, chief financial officer of Southwestern Eye Center. “We look forward to helping improve morale of our service-members while they are deployed and away from their families during the holidays.”

To find a Southwestern Eye Center location near you, visit www.sweye.com. All donations are due 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19.

Go to www.packagesfromhome.org or call 602-253-0284.

Editor’s note: Ms. Snyder is a public relations specialist with Evolve Public Relations and Marketing

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