DEAR ABBY: I am writing to ask you and your readers to mobilize for the most important Operation Dear Abby/America Remembers Campaign ever. Our servicemen and women in Saudi Arabia and at sea in the Persian Gulf need visible support from their countrymen. We are asking schools, service groups, business clubs, towns and cities to once again step forward and declare their support for our troops by "adopting " units and ships serving in the Persian Gulf during the approaching holidays. With the help of the armed services, we have arranged for many of the units and ships to be available for "adoption" for Christmas and, if needed, for Valentine's Day as well.
When we launched the "Adopt a Unit" program last year, more than 4,500 schools and groups participated. The response was overwhelming! This year, a generous corporate company, Taco Bell, has offered its headquarters employees to process the mail to ensure an even smoother operation. In addition, they have provided office space and computers for this effort.Imagine how proud the small towns across America will be knowing they are taking care of "their" troops overseas. Elementary schoolchildren could work on special class projects, and teen-agers could also join in the operations. Imagine how thrilled the troops will be!
While our country is most concerned with supporting troops in the Persian Gulf, we cannot forget our service members stationed in Europe, Asia and the rest of the world. So, your readers are being asked to do even more than ever. I know they will come through, because as you have often said, Dear Abby readers are the best people in the world!
Thanks to you and your readers, our joint effort on behalf of the troops has brought incredible joy and love to hundreds of thousands of outstanding young men and women who proudly wear our nation's uniforms.
With deepest gratitude to you, your staff and your millions of readers for all your love and concern. - DONALD P. GRIMES, NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, 1990 AMERICA REMEMBERS CAMPAIGN
DEAR READERS: In the past, you have proved to be generous beyond belief, and I hope that this year you will again open your hearts to our servicemen and women who will be far from their families for the holidays.
Your cards, letters and goodies can be tremendous morale boosters to these dedicated young people. Some wonderful friendships have been formed - and some found romance, too!
Those individuals or groups interested in adopting a unit or ship, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: America Remembers/Operation Dear Abby, c/o Taco Bell Corp., 17901 Von Karmen, Irvine, CA 92713.
P.S. I'll publish specific addresses for servicemen and women before Thanksgiving.
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