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Volunteer! - USO
Our Party
September 5, 2012

Republican Women Friends,
You may have seen the article below on September 1st.  First Republican Women will be making a drop off at DFW of needed items on September 19.

FRW will be gathering items between now and September 18 at Congressman Sessions HQ, 6306 Greenville.

These items are especially needed-
• Peanut butter crackers
• Cheese crackers
• Peanuts/mixed nuts
• Sunflower seeds
• Variety-pack chips
• Trail mix
• Chewing gum
• Cases of canned soda
• Cases of apple/orange juice
• Travel-size baby powder
• Travel-size shaving cream
• Travel-size deodorant
• Batteries
• Diapers
• 9-inch microwave-safe paper plates
• Rolls of paper towels
• Adult books
• New children’s books
The USO needs contributions to keep serving military personnel passing through D/FW Airport
from the Dallas Morning News,
By DIANE JENNINGS Staff Writer djennings@dallasnews.com
Published: 01 September 2012 10:28 PM

The cheering and flag-waving for returning troops at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport may have stopped, but not the need for peanut butter crackers and beef jerky.

In March, the military discontinued rest-and-relaxation flights that passed through the airport, bringing an end to the Welcome Home a Hero program — a group of volunteers that greeted soldiers daily with patriotic fervor.

But another organization at the airport that lends a helping hand to military personnel is starting to feel the unintended consequences of the canceled flights: The Dallas-Fort Worth USO has seen in-kind donations drop dramatically.

“People thought that everything that the USO did here was the R&R flights,” said USO director Rhenda White-Brunner. “So when they saw on the news the flight was going away, they thought, ‘There’s no USO.’”

Not only has the USO not gone away, its center in Terminal B is still open more than 14 hours a day, 365 days a year. There, soldiers can play pool and foosball, use computers and phones, relax in recliners or strum a guitar and enjoy a meal or a snack.

Though the number of visitors has dropped slightly with the cessation of military flights, more than 12,000 servicemen and women on average still visit the USO center every month after arriving on commercial flights.

Supplying them with the snacks and miscellaneous toiletries they need is becoming increasingly difficult for the local USO, part of a national nonprofit originally started in 1941 to provide entertainment to troops around the world.

HOW TO HELP: List of needs
The Dallas-Fort Worth USO accepts cash and in-kind donations for a variety of programs benefiting military servicemen and women.
• Peanut butter crackers
• Cheese crackers
• Peanuts/mixed nuts
• Sunflower seeds
• Variety-pack chips
• Trail mix
• Chewing gum
• Cases of canned soda
• Cases of apple/orange juice
• Travel-size baby powder
• Travel-size shaving cream
• Travel-size deodorant
• Batteries
• Diapers
• 9-inch microwave-safe paper plates
• Rolls of paper towels
• Adult books
• New children’s books
USO volunteers Barbara Janovetz (left) and Gloria Jefferson check in military travelers at the USO center at D/FW Airport.
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