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posted: 11/4/2013 6:00 AM

Yellow Ribbon Support Group offers its heartfelt thanks

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The Yellow Ribbon Support Group would like to extend its sincere thanks to following:

• The Village of Palatine for hosting the YRSG for 10+ years.

• The Palatine Police and Fire Departments for always being there.

• The churches and congregations for hosting package campaigns and mailing boxes to the troops overseas.

• The companies and corporations for their contributions.

But most of all to our faithful, dedicated YRSG volunteers. These 35-40 volunteers spent thousands of hours in our three workrooms for 10+ years, sorting inventory, preparing Custom forms, taping battery sets and assembling up to 180 boxes within two hours.

We received thousands of letters and emails from troops overseas, communicating how wonderful it was to receive a box from someone they did not know. These boxes reinforced that the people back home supported their efforts and had not forgotten the forces overseas. Many of these letters were heart-wrenching, but made our mission more intense!

We hosted many youth groups (Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Adventure Scouts, Community Service Youth, Special Needs Youth, etc.), who did behind-the-scenes tasks, which enabled regular volunteers to assemble the massive number of boxes on Wednesday evenings.

We also thank the local Patriots, who took our boxes at parades, civic events and Schaumburg Septemberfest and mailed them. We could not have accomplished our goal without your support.

Due to the economic downturn and the lack of monetary donations to purchase the supplies needed to fill the boxes, along with the planned renovation of the Village of Palatine, we felt it was time to "fold our tent" and pass the baton to the next group. Our excess inventory has been given to the Packages4Patriots group in Elk Grove Village, who have been sending boxes to the troops overseas for over four years now and will continue to do so.

God bless America and her defenders!

Pat and Mac McCoy

Palatine

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