Thursday, 30 November 2006 17:00

Arizona body shop participates in charity effort for overseas troops

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911 Collision Centers is among the local businesses pitching in to help women - and men - tie on the apron strings and send a taste of the holidays to our selfless military from southern Arizona serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bonnie Quinn's (a.k.a. The Cookie Lady) goal is to bake a holiday package of biscotti for each of our deployed soldiers. Bonnie is also working with the Oro Valley Public Library and a number of schools in the Amphi district to create a holiday card writing campaign to accompany the biscotti for our troops. The goal is to include a bundle of 3 to 4 greeting cards/letters from the young people in our community for every individual package.

This community effort includes representatives from the Air Guard, Davis Monthan AFB, Army National Guard, Reserve units and countless civilian volunteers. Also pitching in are local businesses, such as Merit Foods of Arizona, Trader Joe's, 911 Collision Centers and Metro Restaurants.

"We need lots of volunteers, help with ingredients and cash donations to meet our goal. We want to let our men and women in uniform know just how proud we are of them and how much we appreciate their sacrifice, especially during the holidays," stated Quinn. "Pusch Ridge Christian Academy has generously donated the use of their kitchen and is spearheading their own letter writing campaign."

Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup is backing Bonnie's project as is Oro Valley Mayor Paul Loomis, who is already hooked on the biscotti. They both encourage and support this effort. To donate your time, money or ingredients please call 520-256-2827 or e-mail hottibiscotti4u@aol.com.

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