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Minnesota National Guard
Shop, Ship and Share event supports U.S. Service members overseas

Minnesota National Guard ROSEVILLE, Minn- Rosedale Center hosted a string of events for the Shop, Ship & Share program to support US troops overseas, Nov 22 - Nov 24, 2013

The Shop, Ship and Share program was conceived with three core actions in mind; shop at the mall, ship a package without going to the post office and share by supplying postage for outgoing packages In 2008, a representative from the Maplewood Mall reached out to Lisa Sunderland, the Customer Relations Coordinator for the St Paul Post Office Together, they drafted the concept for Shop, Ship & Share With the support of the St Paul Postmaster, Mike Larson, the Shop, Ship, & Share program was born

During the campaign's inaugural season, 70 packages were shipped to Minnesota servicemen and women overseas Growth in advertising and word-of-mouth gained reach and helped the Shop, Ship & Share event obtain support from 49 schools by 2011 Schools provide support by having their students write letters and collect items such as; iTunes gift cards, dark chocolate, beef jerky, paper artwork and much more All these gifts added up to more than 780 packages shipped in 2011 alone

"Once the packages are received, there are three Ss observed on their end as well, and those are splendid, spectacular and special," said Maj. Gen. Richard C Nash, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard

Throughout the events, the Minnesota National Guard, University of St Thomas Reserve Officer Training Corps, Park High Cottage Grove Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders, St Paul Saints, Minnesota State Fire Service Memorial Pipe Band, Goldy Gopher the University of Minnesota Mascot, Muddonna, Minnesota Twins mascot TC Bear, Minnesota Wild mascot Nordy and members of American Legions across the state have all made appearances, volunteering, giving back and getting the community involved

"The holiday season is especially difficult for those who are unable to spend time with their loved ones," said Nash "These men and women sacrifice their holidays, so that their fellow Americans can enjoy theirs"

These groups are doing what they can to make a brighter holiday season for those serving in harm's way

November 25, 2013
by Pfc William Boecker
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

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