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Support Our Troops! Tie A Yellow Ribbon Campaign Underway in the Ruby Valley

Show your support of our troops! Let them know we care.Packages are still being sent by the Yellow Ribbon Campaign every day to members of the Armed Forces around the world. As of Monday, May 5, we have sent 89 packages representing 690 pounds and over $1,230 in postage costs. We are expecting to send the 100th package this week. The Wall of Fame at Treat's By Macel in Sheridan has now expanded to 71 names of service members who are from the Ruby Valley or have close family members here. Please stop by and see it -- it is a stunning sight to see all our Ruby Valley people currently in the military and dedicated to preserving our freedoms.

Special acknowledgement is extended to two young girls and their mother. Every Tuesday after school, Lisa Schwend brings her two daughters, Tionna 4, and second grader Olivia, to the Yellow Ribbon Campaign Headquarters. They take the next names in line and each girl not only writes a letter (with some help from Mom), but also packs a box to be sent to that lucky service person. They have not missed a Tuesday afternoon since the Campaign started and each box is packed full of joy and pride, and a lot of love. You can pack a box, too. It only takes about 15 minutes and will bring so much joy to a serviceman or woman. Just stop by, pick up a name and pack a box. The headquarters is located at 214 Ruby in Sheridan (at Treats By Macel) and has everything that is needed for the care package. Donations of items to be sent or funds for items and postage are also welcome. 

We would also like to extend thanks to the staff of the Madisonian and the Three Rivers Edition of the Montana Standard for generously supplying the Campaign with free issues of their newspapers every week to be sent to the troops. The majority of the thank yous we have been receiving mention the newspapers and how much they are appreciated. 

A special thank you letter was received recently: "This may not sound like much, but thank all of you for all the good things you have sent me and for your support. I just want you all to know that thanks to all of your support from home that I am VERY proud to be from the Ruby Valley. I may not use everything that you sent me, but what i don't use I will share with everyone down here. I just want all of you to know that I and everyone down here is praying for you as much as you pray for us. Yours gratefully, SPC Curtis M. Hayden, Fort Carson, CO." 

General E. J. Sinclair, 101st Airborne, wrote again this week. A portion of his email states: "I want to thank you for the care package you sent - I got it today. I shared it with many of the soldiers here, so believe me it was a great hit - and went pretty fast. Most of us are pretty tired of MREs after two months so the food was great. Believe me, it means a lot to get packages and notes like you have sent."

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Please call 842-5790 or 842-5191 for further information or to submit names.

Macel Anderson, Coordinator
Yellow Ribbon Campaign
(406) 842-5790


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