MEDIA ADVISORY

“YELLOW RIBBON AMERICA CAMPAIGN & CALIFORNIA STATE CAPTOL LAUNCHES THE 7TH OPERATION CHRISTMAS FOR OUR TROOPS & THEIR FAMILIES CHRISTMAS DRIVE!”IN THE LAST 7 YEARS THIS STATEWIDE EFFORT HAS HELPED AMERICANS RAISE OVER 450,000 CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR AMERICA’S LOCAL MILITARY MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

SACRAMENTO CA, November 30, 2010: “Operation Christmas for Our Troops & Their Families” in its 7th year hopes to exceed over 500,000 Christmas gifts for America’s military members and military families. Yellow Ribbon America and the California State Capital, for the past 7 years have joined forces to bring Christmas Holiday cheer to America’s military members and their families.

We are very happy to report that in the 6 years with the help of thousands of our fellow Californian’s we have collected over 450,000 donated items. Such as food for various Unit Christmas parties, bikes, toys, DVD’s, games, all types of gift cards as well as financial donations for military families in need and for many of Family Readiness programs. This helped and benefitted all braches of service in California’s National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty Components. Operation Christmas for our Troops & Their Families is a non-partisan, statewide effort sponsored by the California State Capital for our deployed National Guard, Reserve, Active Duty and at home military members and their families.

Operation Christmas for Our Troops & Their Families is a statewide & national non-partisan holiday effort to give crucial support to America’s deployed and at home military members and their families of all branches of service that began in November 2004 and has grown every year since. It is not just the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members that are affected when they are deployed and away from home but also the families who are left behind. According to the Pentagon this is the largest Christmas Holiday effort for both our Nation’s Military and their Families.

This year we hope to past our statewide goal of in delivering Christmas community support to America’s military members and their families here at home and their loved one’s serving throughout the globe. Through the generous donations from America’s communities we hope to give gifts to thousands of our military members, their families and especially the children of America’s military to help them through the emotional difficulties of the holidays while there loved ones are far from home. Operation Christmas for Our Troops & Their Families has been able to give great heartfelt support from their own local communities and that also helps bring all Americans together to support their local military members and their families. Locals helping Locals – - local businesses, residents, churches and community groups focusing their resources on helping military members and their families in their individual communities. That’s what the Yellow Ribbon America Campaign is all about!

If you would like to help and support the largest Christmas Holiday community outreach effort in the Nation for our military members and their families during wartime or donate visit us today at http://www.YellowRibbonAmerica.org.  Thank you America for not forgetting your Troops and their Families!

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