Shoebox for soldiers.
Subject: Soldiers (Donations)
Trade and professional associations (Donations)
Pub Date: 12/22/2009
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Winter, 2009 Source Volume: 12 Source Issue: 4
Product: Product Code: 8620000 Professional Membership Assns NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 216961288
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Trail mix, AA batteries, and army green socks might not make the top of your wish list this holiday season, but for soldiers stationed abroad over the holidays, it's the little things that feel like home. The employees of Management Executives Inc., which operates the American Psychotherapy Association[R], the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute[SM], the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, and the American Association of Integrative Medicine, opted to send goody boxes to soldiers this year instead of exchanging gifts with one another. The donations were part of the Shoebox for Soldiers program, started by Army mom Rhonda Luttrull in 2008.

Luttrull's son Dustin Hudson always dreamed of joining the Army, so after high school he enlisted and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. His unit deployed to Afghanistan, and Luttrull asked family members to help her send packages to Dustin. During a phone conversation with Dustin, he mentioned that, sadly, some of the men in his unit had not heard from home. Luttrell asked her church family to adopt a soldier. They agreed to pray for their soldiers, send them cards, letters, and packages whenever possible. Andy Taylor, morning radio show host at KTTS in Springfield, Missouri, heard about Luttrull's ministry and decided they would help sponsor a drive. Employees at Management Executives contributed 33 boxes to the drive, and the company paid for postage. In total, Shoebox for Soldiers collected 430 Priority Mail boxes stuffed with morale and supply items for local soldiers serving overseas this holiday season.

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For some, the charitable drive took on personal significance. Management Executives Editor Chris Powers gathered items for a friend who is a Marine based in Afghanistan. "It was a lot of fun snack foods, Scattergories, lip balms, and lotions--the little things that we don't think a lot about over here, but over there it's a big deal."
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