Friday, December 11, 2009

Holiday Presents for Darke County Military Family Children

Through a recent, generous donation by a local business and their customers, there will be a little extra holiday cheer to spread around Darke County for children of Military Families this year.

“It’s not just Mom and Dad who serve in the military, but children who are born into a military family, serve in their own way as well,” stated Lynne Gump, Executive Director of the Darke County American Red Cross, “We were thrilled when approached to be a part of this program, what a joyous way to share the holidays with our military families.”

The program provides gifts which are appropriate for children, years ten and under who are part of a military family and currently residing in the Darke County community, which could include Guardsmen, Reservists, Deployed Servicemen and Active Duty.

Families will need to call the Darke County Chapter at 937.548.1002 by December 20th with the names, ages, and gender of their child and gifts will be ready for pick up at the chapter between December 21st and the December 23rd. When picking up gifts, family member will need to provide military identification and residency verification.

Additionally, while picking up gifts, family members may take a few minutes and create a message from home for a deployed military person, which is also a free service provided by the Darke County Chapter, no appointments will be necessary that week.

“We are so touched by the kind hearts of Darke Countians who donated these presents and are looking forward to sharing their kind heartedness with these special children,” stated Gump, “sharing what we have, caring for our neighbors is the heart of holiday season.”

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit

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