Each college football Saturday this fall, “The Horn” (104.9/1260AM -- ESPN Austin) has shined a much deserved spotlight on military heroes that have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their series, “The Real Heroes.” This month, they’ll be collecting supplies and monetary donations to send care packages to soldiers deployed to Afghanistan in time for Christmas with their Real Heroes Care Campaign.
“It should be a high priority for any American to remember and give back to those that protect our freedoms to live in this great country, and what better time to do that than the Holiday season,” says Ashley Kamrath, Host of The Horn’s “The Real Heroes” series.
Thousands of American men and women will be spending their Christmas in Afghanistan facing hard weather and terrain but more importantly, holidays away from their families, friends and comforts of home so that each of us can be with ours.
“This time last year I was in Afghanistan with nothing but my assault rifle. I was all alone while my family was trying to have a normal holiday back home,” said LT Rick Tackaberry, a 27-year-old U.S. Army Lieutenant and single father of five adopted children, currently stationed at Fort Bliss, TX. “Getting packages in the mail helped me feel connected to home, even if they were from strangers,” he added.
Deployed soldiers are in need of basic items like travel-size toiletries, eye drops, chap-stick, hand and feet warmers, socks, beef jerky, hard candy, coffee, and more (a full list of acceptable items and link to donate can be found at www.espnaustin.com). Soldiers always welcome and truly enjoy receiving greeting cards and letters and consider them as comforts from home.
Austin and surrounding area residents are asked to drop off care package donations at The Range Golf Center and Sports Bar (10910 Domain Dr., Ste.120, Austin, TX 78758), at one of the ESPN Austin live radio remotes, or at any of these Ashton Woods Homes model home locations (now through November 25):
710 Theresa Cove
Cedar Park, TX 78613
5700 Cherokee Draw Road
Austin, TX 78738
Versante - Villas
11904 Versante Circle
Austin, TX 78726
Versante - Townhomes
12332 Terraza Circle
Austin, TX 78726
2645 Los Alamos Pass
Round Rock, TX 78665
8505 High Summit
Austin, TX 78737
2602 Natural Lane
Killeen, TX 76549
9400 Glynhill Ct
Killeen, TX 76542
3325 Vineyard Trail
Harker Heights, TX 76548
“Aside from a generous monetary contribution, we wanted to provide multiple drop-off locations in order to make it easy for Austin and Killeen residents to give for this much-needed cause,” explained Renee McQuillan, marketing manager at Ashton Woods Homes Austin.
The Real Heroes Care Campaign will run the entire month of November with a special all-day live remote and drop-off event at The Range Golf Center and Sports Bar on November 23rd (Black Friday, 10am-7pm).
There will also be a special invite-only VIP/media event on December 3 from 5-7pm at The Range Golf Center and Sports Bar, to package up items received with special guests.
For more information on “The Real Heroes” radio series on ESPN Austin, visit: http://www.espnaustin.com/