Archive for Thursday, August 4, 2005

PRIDE raises money for area soldiers

Members thank community for generosity

August 4, 2005

A local drive to raise money for the families of area soldiers serving overseas has raised more than $800, said officials from Basehor PRIDE, a local community service organization coordinating the effort.

In July, Basehor PRIDE members initiated a program -- the Soldiers Families Supplement Food Program -- to lend financial aid to the families of area soldiers fighting overseas. The project was coordinated through an Army Community Services program implemented by officials at the Fort Leavenworth military base.

The PRIDE project was dubbed "Basehor Supports Our Military Families."

Donation jars were placed at local banks and retail businesses. Also, donations were accepted during the city's Fourth of July celebration.

PRIDE officials said donation money was still streaming in and a final tally was not yet available. However, organization members said the community responded by showing strong support for the program.

"I just want to thank everybody who agreed to put out the collection jars and who put in money," PRIDE volunteer Donna Thomas said. "It will really help a lot of soldiers' families. We really appreciate the help."

Both the PRIDE and Basehor Youth PRIDE organizations donated money from their own treasuries to the program, in addition to coordinating the project.

Money raised through the fund-raiser will be converted to gift cards or vouchers at area grocery stores so families can choose for themselves what items they need.

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