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Wailea resort sending aloha to soldiers abroad

By Staff | Feb 3, 2011

WAILEA — The Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and The Shops at Wailea are supporting the nonprofit organization Any Soldier to collect donations of goods to be packaged and sent to servicemen and women stationed abroad.

The resort will assemble 200 care packages on Monday, Feb. 21, to include the basic necessities donated by local residents and hotel associates.

“We are honored to support these soldiers through the Any Soldier project once again,” said Bill Countryman, general manager of the Wailea Beach Marriott.

“These men and women persevere through harsh conditions, many of whom never receive mail or packages. This is simply our way of sharing aloha and

supporting the selfless and brave men and women serving overseas.”

In its second campaign to organize a donation drive, coordinated by Lahainaluna High School senior Chaney Countryman, Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is partnering with AnySoldier.com to collect and assemble the care packages.

AnySoldier.com was founded in August 2003 by Marty and Sue Horn, whose son, Brian, served as a sergeant in the Army. This project has been successfully supporting soldiers by delivering necessities they need to sustain their rigorous lives overseas.

The following donations will be accepted before Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Wailea Beach Marriott: towels (including face cloths), work gloves, socks, T-shirts, twin-size bed sheets, pillow cases, air fresheners, citronella candles, baby wipes, Wet Ones, Sani-Hands, personal hygiene products, watches, mouse traps and other insect traps, stationary/envelopes, crossword puzzles, disposable cameras and small, battery-operated flashlights

For more information on how to make a donation, or to schedule a delivery, contact Kiyo Miller at 874-7972.

Any Soldier is also accepting monetary check donations, which can be mailed directly to Any Soldier Inc., P.O. Box 715, Waldorf, MD 20604 (please note “Maui” on the check to credit this drive).