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Soldiers get help from local kids

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The youth of Hands4Hope, wanting to honor the men and women serving our country overseas, have partnered with El Dorado Hills Town Center and the Honor Our Troops Committee to hold a soldier care package drive at Town Center. The drive will runs through the Fourth of July at El Dorado Hills Town Center. Individuals may drop donations at the following Town Center merchants: Wells Fargo Bank, Ruffhaus Hot Dog Company, It’s Kids Time, Olympus Café, Bistro 33, Chili’s, and Nugget Market. Many of these businesses are offering discounts or gift cards to those making donations. Also, from 3 to 9 p.m., July 3, during the Town Center Fireworks Jubilee, Hands4Hope will collect donations at a booth on Town Center Boulevard. Items needed include black crew socks, beef jerkey, foot powder, sun screen, lip balm, dental floss, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, Frisbees, golf balls, hard candy, granola bars, ready to eat tuna, and thank you cards and letters. “I think we forget sometimes what the Fourth of July is truly a celebration of and our youth have found a wonderful way to remind us. A donation, along with a simple colored picture from a child or hand-written note, is such a meaningful way of letting those serving away from home know we are thinking about them, are aware of the sacrifice they are making, and appreciate all that they do,” said Jennifer Bassett, executive director, Hands4Hope. The care packages, bound for soldiers from El Dorado County and their platoons, will be mailed July 13. For more information on Hands4Hope, visit hands4hopeyouth.org. ~ Staff report