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Project Holiday Delivers Holiday Spirit to Deployed Military

By Jackson Leeds

In an effort to support deployed service members during the holiday season, “You Are Not Alone” and “One Solider at a Time” have come together to fund the 8th Annual Project Holiday. This important endeavor collects and ships desperately needed items to military personnel who will not be able to come home for the holidays.

“You Are Not Alone” is a local group sponsored by the City of Delray Beach that provides encouragement and emotional support to family members and friends of our soldiers. “One Solider at a Time” is a project that supports our deployed military with care packages and words of encouragement.

“This project is a great chance for all to show their support to those in the military fighting for freedom every day,” said Delores Rangel, administrative assistant in the Delray Beach City Manager’s office and the founder of Project Holiday.

Rangel came up with the idea after her daughter, Melissa Rangel-Woods, was deployed in the U.S. Air Force for five tours in Iraq.

Donated items will be accepted at various locations around the City and again at several locations in Boca Raton from Nov. 8 to Dec. 6 and actual packing will be on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Delray Beach Community Center, 50 NW 1st Ave.

There is a large variety of options of things to donate. Among them are heating pads, holiday decorations, hard candy (no chocolate), snacks for soldiers to put in their pockets, non-perishable food items, used CDs and many more. Visit mydelraybeach.com for a complete listing of items accepted.

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