Give A Little Troop Aid Concert Ensures Hundreds of U.S. Troops have Gifts to Open this Holiday Season
Event Draws hundreds of people; raises thousands of dollars for Operation Troop Aid
The holidays are about to get a little brighter for hundreds o
f U.S. Troops deployed to Afghanistan, thanks to the success of Give A Little Troop Aid. The concert event, held Wednesday, December 5th in Nashville, raised nearly $3,000.00 for Operation Troop Aid, which will use the money to send holiday care packages to the troops.
“Three thousand dollars goes a long way toward making Christmas merrier for the men and women who serve our country,” says Operation Troop Aid Founder & CEO Mark Woods, himself a 21 year Navy veteran. “I know first-hand how it feels to be half-a-world away from your family at Christmas and believe me, our troops will appreciate these gifts.”
Woods estimates 1,500 U.S. servicemen and women will benefit from the Give A Little Troop Aid event.
Give A Little Troop Aid featured performances by several country stars, including Grammy winner David Ball, Jamie Johnson of Grammy-nominated group The Grascals and James Otto.Some of Nashville’s best-know songwriters also took the stage. Several 80’s rockers from bands like Cinderella, Winger, and Skid Row closed the show with an 80’s rock tribute performance.
David Ball, best known for his 1994 mega-hit, Thinking Problem and 2004 patriotic anthem, Riding With Private Malone, donated nearly $700 to Operation Troop Aid during his performance.
“I’ve been honored to be associated with Operation Troop Aid for several years now. I really cannot imagine a more worthy effort than to provide support and care for the men and women who so bravely serve our country while we safely go about our lives here at home.”
The Give A Little Troop Aid event also marked the official launch of Give A Little – Nashville, a new online magazine that promotes charities and charitable events. It especially focuses on Nashville’s music industry and how musicians and stars give back. Legendary artist Charlie Daniels graces the cover of the inaugural issue of Give A Little – Nashville. You can check it out at www.GiveALittleNashville.com.
“One of the highlights of the event was when Operation Troop Aid presented a check for $1,000.00 to The Charlie Daniels Scholarship for Heroes fund,” says Krys Midgett, Publisher of Give A Little – Nashville. “Our U.S. servicemen and women are the reason we can celebrate the holidays in peace.”
“”We have so many heroes whose needs fly below our radar. This shouldn’t be happening and this event is helping to make sure it doesn’t,” says Charlie Daniels.
Operation Troop Aid plans to make an annual contribution to Daniels’ charity.
Each care package Operation Troop Aid sends to the troops contains snacks, toiletries, and phone cards, plus letters from school children and some holiday treats.
To learn more about Operation Troop Aid, visit www.operationtroopaid.org.
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