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Article updated: 11/13/2012 2:06 PM

Fifth Third Bank & Heart of a Marine Send 1530 Care Packages to Illinois Troops Serving in Afghanistan

Barbara Matsukes and Georgette Frank, Heart of a Marine Foundation

Barbara Matsukes and Georgette Frank, Heart of a Marine Foundation

 

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By Andrew Hayes

On Monday, November 12, Veterans Day, hundreds of employees from Fifth Third Bank joined Elk Grove based nonprofit The Heart of a Marine to spend the day assembling and packaging 1530 care packages for troops from Illinois serving in Afghanistan.

The Heart of a Marine Foundation mentors care package projects for churches, groups, and companies throughout the year and has a wish list of items that troops like to receive from home. "All in all, they want snack foods, socks, and easy to eat items that remind them of home," said Roy Frank, co-founder, The Heart of a Marine Foundation.

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In addition to the care packages, Fifth Third Bank announced that it has sponsored a local dog named Friday that will become trained to be a certified service animal for a local veteran with PTSD. Friday had been abandoned and was in a shelter until local nonprofit Bringing War Dogs Home stepped in and rescued her. "Now thanks to Fifth Third Bank, Friday's life has been saved and she will go on to save the life of a veteran," said Rocky Roberts, co-founder, Bringing War Dogs Home.

Since early October Fifth Third Bank has been raising money for educational scholarships that will be awarded area family members of wounded of lost soldiers. At the bank's Veterans Day of Appreciation event Robert Sullivan, President & CEO, announced that it would be donating $100,000 to the Folds of Honor Foundation, the nonprofit administering the scholarships.

For more information about Fifth Third Bank's Veterans campaign you can visit the campaign website at www.53VETS.com

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