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A distinctly domestic activity is helping support soldiers overseas.

Richmond Hill South Civic celebrated hitting their goal of sending $1 million worth of coupons to soldiers and their families at the group’s April 26 meeting, honoring the 40 people who diligently clipped coupons for the cause.

The project began five years ago when Richmond Hill South Civic’s president, Margaret Finnerty, learned at a Disabled American Convention that families of soldiers can use coupons while stationed overseas to lower their food bills.

The coupons were sent to various military bases in Belgium, Italy and Germany, where they will be distributed on an as-needed basis, according to Finnerty.

“I love the idea that so many people are willing to take time to help soldiers overseas,” said Finnerty. “It’s an amazing thing.”

Other organizations that assisted in this effort are the Lindenwood Alliance, Howard Beach Senior Center, Ozone Park Senior Center, Our Neighbors Civic Association and Ridgewood Elder Center.


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