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Firefighters and Paramedics Initiative - Helping Hearts for Troops

This story comes to us from Mark Brady of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department:

A team of Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medics are coordinating an effort that is sure to make our troop’s holidays a little brighter. Helping Hearts for Troops are collecting items for care packages that will be delivered to our troops overseas. The Firefighter/Medics are looking forward to a successful campaign with everyone’s cooperation and generosity for the men and women serving our country.

The Fire/EMS Team is working with the USO of Fort Meade to assist in delivering the Holiday Care Packages. The Helping Hearts for Troops are looking for item donations, such as toiletries, non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped, clothing, board games, CD’s, and DVD’s.

Prince George’s County Fire Fighter/Medic Nicole Hardman is coordinating the effort and stated, “Care packages made and delivered over the next few months will not only put a smile on the faces of these men and women but will let them know how much they are loved and appreciated for everything they have and continue do for us. By supporting our cause you are touching the lives of so many people.”

Prince George’s County Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones commented, “I fully support the initiative of Nicole and her team in supporting our troops. I’m confident that this effort will bring an immense sense of pride to everyone involved.”

Queen Waddell, USO Coordinator at Fort Meade, stated, “The small, ubiquitous items, people often take for granted can have an uplifting impact on the lives of our service men and women serving so far away from home. Helping Hearts for Troops goal is to provide a bit of respite and respect for our service men and women by sending some of the missing comforts of home wrapped in a personalized care package in the field or a deployment care package while on their way. It’s a small act that shows our appreciation and support for those making such a huge sacrifice every day.”

Citizens and residents may drop off donated items to any community-based Fire/EMS Station in Prince George’s County. This effort will continue until mid-December, 2010. If a local business would like to offer a spot for a donation box or to make a donation contact Nicole Hardman at 240-417-5168 or nsolo2329@comcast.net and Katie Fisher at katiepfisher@gmail.com.