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Tampa Bay Lightning, Treat for Troops team up to raise money for "Operation: Pocket Change"

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Treats For Troops will work in conjunction with one another for the remainder of January in an effort to raise money for Operation Pocket Change, an initiative aimed at collecting sufficient funds which make it possible to send care packages to military personnel overseas.

The Lightning and Treats For Troops will be collecting spare change at tables set up on the West Plaza and outside of the Gate C Suite Entrance prior to remaining Lightning home games this month, beginning January 12 versus Washington. At the end of the month, the two organizations will come together to compare their efforts in hopes of achieving their mutual goal.

With the motto “Until they ALL come home,“ Treats for Troops and The Tampa Bay Lightning will continue sending over two hundred seventy-pound boxes of goodies from home every week to those in harm’s way. Treats for Troops founder Karin King expressed ‘excitement’ about the addition of The Tampa Bay Lightning and their fan base to ensure that those who put their lives on the line know they are greatly appreciated and not forgotten.

“The partnership between Treats for Troops and the Tampa Bay Lightning is a fantastic combination. All proceeds will go to benefit our troops,” said Bob Williams, co-founder of Treats For Troops. “I talk with thousands of people and they all want to help, they just don't know how. Operation Pocket Change gives them an easy way to participate. They can read the e-mails on our web page of how grateful our troops really are. I can't thank The Bay Lightning enough for their support of the very people that keep us free.”

Williams is confident that the partnership with the Lightning organization will be the first of many major joint efforts within the community to directly benefit America’s finest.

Treats For Troops frequently receives a large variety of donated items from companies and organizations throughout the country. They have routinely been able to cover the cost of shipping and have not found it necessary to fundraise in order to distribute care packages around the world. With the current deployment of tens of thousands of additional troops overseas, however, the charitable organization needs assistance in covering the costs of postage and packaging in order to accomplish its goal in supplying our servicemen and women with the comforts of home. All proceeds collected will be put towards providing these services.

On January 7, the Lightning will distribute t-shirts, vouchers and other Tampa Bay Lightning giveaways to the Treats For Troops facility, located at 29807 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, to welcome the organization’s members and to honor its efforts in supporting such a great cause.

"It is incredible that the Tampa Bay Lightning are partnering with Treats For Troops," King said. "It will bring more support for our brave soldiers.”

For more information, please contact Kelvin Woodson at kwoodson@sptimesforum.com or at 813-301-6832. For additional information about Support The Troops, Inc., contact Bob Williams at 813-334-1087 or Karin King at 813-746-1517. Anyone interested in donating to our military personnel overseas may also visit the organization’s web site at http://www.ourtroopsonline.com.

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