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Standing in back from left are care-package volunteers Mary Pope, Jeffrey Singles, who enlisted in the Army and leaves for basic training as soon as he graduates high school, Katy Walker, Brian Ballard, who is home on leave from his second deployment to Afghanistan and has been a recipient of one if these boxes, Cheryl Ballard, and Julia Singles; kneeling, Colleen Champagne, Linda VanHuylenbrouck, Ashley Rollman, and Andrea Rollman; and in front, Claudia Bradford and Louise Downs, founder of The Desert Angel. Photo provided (click for larger version)
January 09, 2013 - Total Nutrition in Clarkston hosted a packing party for troops overseas with Desert Angel, Nov. 27.

The volunteers collected enough items to send 76 care boxes to the troops, as well as three large boxes for military dogs serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. They also raised funds to send over 100 boxes.

Total Nutrition, 5811 S. Main Street next to Clarkston Post Office, is a donation location for Desert Angel, with boxes, mailing labels, suggested list of donations, and other items for care packages. Suggested donations include hygiene items, candy, pocket foods, dry cereal, and socks.

"It was such a good feeling to be able to send all of these packages overseas, but the best was when we received a note from a soldier who received one of our boxes, and he happens to be from Traverse City," said Linda VanHuylenbrouck, health coach at Total Nutrition. "That's a pretty amazing feeling to know you have helped make the day of someone so far away."

For more information, call 248-770-0793 or check www.thedesertangel.org

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