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Valley Mom Gives Troops a Lift by Mail

posted on Jun 26 2003 0 Comments

<b>Los Angeles Times, May 18th 2003</b>
Valley Mom Gives Troops a Lift by Mail
Encino volunteer puts together packages of goodies at her own expense and sends them to military personnel overseas.
By Karima A. Haynes

Carolyn Blashek is truly a committee of one.

The lawyer-turned-stay-at-home mom has single-handedly sent 100 packages in the last two months to U.S. troops serving in the Middle East.

Working alone in her Encino home, Blashek stuffs toiletries, games, books, batteries, toys and snacks into cardboard boxes before hauling them in her minivan to the post office. She spends about $150 for a load of packages during weekly trips to discount and drug stores.

Even as thousands of troops are returning from overseas posts, Blashek said she intends to continue to send the packages indefinitely to those who are still far from home.

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