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Silverthorne stores donate snacks to troops

Caitlin Rowcrow@summitdaily.comSilverthorne, CO Colorado

SILVERTHORNE, Colorado Snack chain Harry & David wants to boost troop morale and the economy with a charitable project to send treats to the Middle East.The upscale food purveyor recently joined forces with the United Services Organizations to send CARE packages filled with their own brand of snacks to troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.Its a wonderful way to not forget (soldiers) at a time when people are struggling here, said Deb Walker, local Harry & David store manager. Theyre working to make a better place for us to live, and we dont want to forget them.Harry & David has done this for years, Walker added. We have 143 stores, and were all doing it.The local Harry & David store at the Outlets at Silverthorne will have a special drop-off container in which customers may deposit only Harry & David snacks.Snack items accepted for donation include all bagged non-chocolate snacks, all jerky products, bagged nut selections, various dried fruit gifts and trail mixes.You cant just go to the grocery store, Walker said. So you must purchase items and donate them. … We have a lot of snacks that are buy three, get the fourth free.The Snacks For The Troops Program will run through March 22. No monetary donations are accepted.USO CARE packages are a huge hit among our troops and provide them a much appreciated taste and touch of home while they are deployed, said Sloan D. Gibson, USO president. We are proud to partner with Harry & David, and were grateful for their shared commitment to supporting our troops.To get involved in the Snacks For The Troops Program, visit the Harry & David store located in the Red Village at the Outlets at Silverthorne. For further information about the Snacks For The Troops Program, contact the Outlets at Silverthorne Harry & David store at (970) 262-2764.Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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