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Thousands of Pounds of Coffee Being Shipped to U.S. Troops in Iraq & Afghanistan

American troops serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) will soon be receiving a strong message of support from Sacramento.

Hundreds of pounds of ground coffee are being shipped as part of the “Coffee for Our Troops” program. The program is a partnership between two Sacramento-based entities: non-profit Move America Forward (http://www.MoveAmericaForward.org) and premium coffee roaster, Cornerstone Coffee (http://www.CornerstoneCoffee.com).

The best part is the fact that each bag of ground coffee being shipped over is “sponsored” by an American who supports our troops. The bag of coffee is accompanied by a message of support that the individuals write themselves. Move America Forward then sends over the coffee (along with message of support) directly to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“The brave men and women of our armed forces are making heroic sacrifices to fight terrorism overseas so that we don’t face attack here at home. During this holiday season you can’t help but think about the fact that our troops are in harms way, thousands of miles from family and friends. It is incumbent upon us to take steps to show them how much we appreciate them and all that they are doing,” said Howard Kaloogian, Chairman of Move America Forward.

Cornerstone Coffee was chosen by Move America Forward to provide the coffee because of their unmatched quality and dedication to supporting our troops and the missions they are serving on.

“We are so very grateful to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and we want them to know how many Americans support them. It is our honor and privilege to provide the coffee for this program, and our goal is to see to it that every unit that desires the highest quality coffee receives it,” said Burke Hodge, president of Cornerstone Coffee.

Americans have already sponsored several hundred pounds of coffee. The coffee is first specially roasted at Cornerstone Coffee’s roasting facility. Then the coffee is packaged along with letters of support at Move America Forward’s headquarters at 770 L Street – Suite #950 in Downtown Sacramento. The packages are then taken to the downtown Sacramento Post Office facility at 801 I Street.

Individuals can sponsor their own bag of coffee to be shipped over to our troops. To participate, log on to http://www.MoveAmericaForward.org and follow the order instructions. For $11.95 a 12 ounce bag of premium ground coffee will be shipped to a U.S. serviceman or woman serving in Iraq or Afghanistan along with a note from the person placing the order. The individuals message, their name and their city and state will be printed out and affixed to the bag of coffee so the troops know who paid for the coffee and read their message of support.

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