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Caring Coins are moral boosters local troops

POULTNEY - Another 1,500 Vermont National Guard members are being depoloyed for tour duty in Afghanistan. Before they all depart, the troops will receive morale-boosting Caring Coins sponsored by The You Are Never Alone Foundation. Seven private yellow ribbon events (Oct. 12-13 Burlington Sheraton, Nov. 23 Barre Civic Center, Nov. 24 Lyndon State College, Nov. 30 Mt. Snow Resort, Dec. 1-2 Equinox Resort, Manchester) have been held or will be held for troops and their families throughout the state. That's a total of 7,000 individually sponsored coins.

The Vermont wooden-crafted Caring Coins carry an important message. "They are tangible reminders to the troops and their families that they are not alone," said Salley Gibney, founder of The You Are Never Alone Foundation.

The You Are Never alone Foundation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Vermont grassroots organization fostering care and hope from one person to another. Over 32,000 Caring Coins have been shared around the world. Gibney started five and half years ago with a dream of an angel that resulted in her first angel coin for Vermont soldiers. She recalled that she came up with the icon of stick figures shaking hands when Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast.

"The troops and their families are grateful for the caring support of our volunteers," said Gibney. "The people in our communities offer their appreciation to the troops for their service to our country and for the sacrifices that each of them and their family members are making for us."

She said, "Children and youths in schools in our community include Christ the King School, Sheldon Academy, Fay Honey Knopp, and Poultney High School who participated by signing cards that accompany the Caring Coins."

For more information contact You Are Never Alone Foundation at www.YouAreNeverAloneFoundation.org or 867-2492.

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