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See's For Soldiers
See's For Soldiers
How See's For Soldiers Works  Hello Everyone,

The See's for Soldiers program was the brainchild of my wife, Kathy, back in 2005. At the time she was a member of the Auburn Kiwanis club. I had just returned from a deployment to Iraq and she had been very influential in raising funds/donations for the troops and children of Iraq. She carried that on with the See's for Soldiers program. Let me make a clarification, we call it See's for Soldiers because it has a nice ring to it but we do not discriminate. We send candy to all branches of the military.

The first couple of years it was only offered in Auburn but more and more Kiwanis Clubs hearing about the effort in the local media joined in, too! This has been an instrumental program for the Kiwanis Clubs as it can send them over the top in sales. Just last year we raised 2,500 pounds of candy in the ten clubs that participated. The Lincoln Kiwanis Club alone sold 471 pounds of candy over and above normal sales! That loosely translates into an additional $4,710 in sales for just that club. The great thing about the program is these are additional sales that the club would not normally get. As they call it in the retail business, these are add-on sales.

We call it a Win!-Win!-Win! for all parties involved. The program helps boost sales for the Kiwanis clubs who in turn put that money back into their communities (ie: local clubs, chrities, scholarships, etc). It gives your customers a way to support our troops when many of them do not have a family member deployed or know a service member. It's an easy way for Americans to conveniently support the troops! Last but certainly not least, the troops get to enjoy the candy and many times share with the children in the countries they are serving - thus helping to spread good will. Win!-Win!-Win!

How can you help? Visit our blog at www.seesforsoldiers.blogspot.com to find a location near you. Stop in and buy some candy, leave it there and we will get it to our troops seving all over the world. Many may ask if it is too hot to send chocolate. Not this time of year. I was in southern Iraq and at times, we had ice on the ground! I also distribute the smaller boxes and bags of candy to various organizations like Operation Mom and Blue Star Moms to include in the gift boxes they ship. We have had customers ask how candy can be shipped to their family who is deployed. If you get a valid APO address I will do my best to insure that their unit receives a shipment.

Finally, I am available to come speak to your club if you would like to meet me in person. I can be reached at david.partak@us.army.mil. Some may wonder what is in this for me. As a Soldier and having been deployed I know what it is like to be away from friends and family during the holidays. It is comforting to receive a little taste of home and that people back home are still thinking of you. What I get is the satisfaction of helping make a difficult time a little less difficult.

I thank you all for your partnership in this program and I am sure that we are going to far surpass last year's donations by a mile!

SFC David Partak
State Retention Manager
CA Army National Guard

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