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Dreamteam of conservative talkers/celebs rally for the troops

By kbender
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 at 7:11 pm in Uncategorized.

Last month, former KSFO morning talk show host Melanie Morgan told me that the group she heads, Move America Forward, (www.moveamericaforward.org) was working to send more than 50,000 care packages to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s a lot of chocolate chip cookies and toothpaste.

 

Morgan said the group was striving to bring the “largest amount of care packages in history” to American service men and women.

 

Tomorrow is the day Morgan and conservative blogger, author and Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin will host a web-a-thon in hopes of raising  $500,000 for Operation Care Package. 

 

Morgan says it may become a fight for mic time with the all-star lineup that includes Ann Coulter, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Talk Radio Network’s Monica Crowley and Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Lt. Col. Oliver North,  ABC Radio Networks’ hosts Sean Hannity and Mark Levin as well as Nancy Reagan. 

 

 

The Jelly Belly candy company (maker of President Ronald Reagan’s favorite candy) has donated 100,000 bags of their gourmet jelly beans that will be included in the care packages, acccording to Move America Forward.  While the jelly beans shipped in the past were welcomed by the troops, military members say their real value comes in being able to hand out the candy to the children of the war-torn nations in which they are serving.

 

Comedian Jackie Mason and actor Kelsey Grammer will also be on hand for the web-a-thon as will men and women of the U.S. military and various representatives of military and veterans organizations.

 

Kicking off at 1 p.m., the Jerry Lewis-style 8-hour Internet telethon will airing on Ustream.tv. Calling the show “From the Frontlines,” Morgan said it’s the grand finale to a month-long push to collect sponsorships to send the care packages right before the Fourth of July.

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One Response to “Dreamteam of conservative talkers/celebs rally for the troops”

  1. Tony C. Yang Says:

    I can attest to that.

    Those Iraqi kids love their candy, and yes, those packages were always welcome.

    Great story and take care!

    -Tony
    Oakland

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