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A Star-Spangled Salute 2018

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Reston Town Center Pavilion

11900 Market Street

Reston, VA 20190

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Bring a lawn chair and join The Reston Chorale and Brass of the Potomac as we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and thank those who serve in America's Armed Forces. The event will also include family activities and an opportunity to show your support for our troops. Tickets are not required.

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Family Activities - Patriotic Tattoos, Thank You Cards for Troops, Operation Care Package

7:10 pm - 7:25 pm Entertainment by Al & Ellen Torzilli of the band, Natural Selection

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Patriotic Concert featuring The Reston Chorale and Brass of the Potomac

The event is free and open to the public, but donations of care package items are welcome and encouraged. This year's care packages will be sent to a unit deployed overseas in a remote area with few amenities. Items will be shipped in time to arrive by the Fourth of July. Suggested items and certain restrictions are listed below. You may also make a financial donation to help fill and ship care packages to troops.

Employee volunteer opportunities are available.

For more information, contact restonchorale@gmail.com.

SUGGESTED CARE PACKAGE ITEMS

  • Single-serve, non-perishable food--protein bars, jerky (beef or turkey only), fruit chews, dried fruits, tuna or chicken pouches, filled crackers and sandwich cookies, Pringles chips, granola, nuts, seeds, hard candy, salt-water taffy, etc. No solid chocolate or pork products please.

  • S'mores Fixin's -- Marshmallows, Graham Crackers, Nutella, chocolate syrup, fudge toppings, etc. (Please note: due to extreme temperatures, we can only ship jarred or bottled chocolate.)

  • Single-serve powdered drink mixes and flavorings, including protein powders.

  • Comfort items--hand-held fans and misters, cooling/gel bandanas, soft toilet tissue, medicated powders (for heat rash), Cortisone cream (anti-itch cream), non-aerosol insect repellent with DEET (wipes or pump spray only, please) etc.

  • Non-aerosol, unscented toiletries--unscented deodorant, moist towlettes, unscented baby wipes, lip balm, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sunscreen for nose and face, feminine hygiene products, soothing body wash (water is harsh.)

  • Fun stuff--Fourth of July party favors, hand-held games, board games, adult coloring books, colored pencils, puzzle books, playing cards, stationery, pens/pencils, magazines, water pistols, foam balls, flying rings/discs, soccer balls, footballs, softballs and other lightweight sports equipment, and anything to boost morale.

  • Special Requests--Hair and beard trimmers, dryer sheets, pillow cases, sheets (twin), civilian shirts, used Keurig or coffee pot, cups/mugs, and

  • Batteries--all sizes. Non-lithium only, please.

Please note: We are unable to ship chocolate bars, pork products, aerosol containers, lithium batteries or scented toiletries.

If your office would like to hold a care package drive among employees, please contact Susan Meeks-Versteeg (restonchorale@gmail.com) to arrange for donation pick up.

Care Package Donations can be dropped off during the Star-Spangled Salute event on May 26, 7-8:30 pm (Other dates and locations to be announced.)

The Reston Chorale thanks Northrop Grumman for supporting A Star-Spangled Salute and Care Package drive.

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