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Red Cross Collecting Food Items For Camp Maxey Cookout

PARIS, TX, FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2014 – American Red Cross Lamar County Chapter, through its Service to the Armed Forces programs at Camp Maxey, is hosting a Military Appreciation Cookout for soldiers next Thursday, June 12.  A group of 300 Texas Army National Guard soldiers will be in training at Camp Maxey for the next two weeks, and during the month of June, over 2000 soldiers will come through for training exercises.

The Red Cross is asking for community help to provide food items for the cookout, and will be collecting food donations on Monday, June 9, 2014 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm at Brookshire’s located at 925 Clarksville Street in Paris.  

Items needed include:

Hot dogs
Hot dog buns
Shredded cheese
Mustard, Ketchup, Relish, Condiments

“We are honored to provide year-round support for troops in training at Camp Maxey through the Red Cross Canteen there,” said Jennifer Cato, Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Specialist.  “These men and women devote lots of time away from home while at Camp Maxey, and we hope to make their stay here as comfortable as possible.  Once in a while, we like to have special events for the troops, such as this appreciation cookout and hope the community will pitch in to help out.”

Annually, more than 6,000 soldiers spend time at Camp Maxey for training exercises.  The Red Cross Canteen provides a “home away from home” atmosphere where troops can get comfort items such as soap, shampoo, razors, toothbrush, toothpaste, refreshments and other items they may have left behind.  Additionally, Red Cross provides wifi access and hosts briefings to prepare the troops and their family for emergencies that may occur while deployed or away from home.

For more information on how you can help with the cookout or volunteer with Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces, please Jennifer Cato at 903-737-4390 or

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