Benefit Concert For Soldiers Friday

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A special benefit concert, Bluegrass in the Park, is planned this Friday at Green Valley Park.

The event will feature "Just-N-Time," "Mazatzal Bluegrass," and "The Ron Gibson Band" in performances between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Admission is by donation of goods not supplied by the military to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Monetary contributions will also be accepted.

Among the goods that can be sent to the soldiers through Payson Supply Line:

  • Hard candy -- used for "candy bombs," is requested by helicopter pilots. The candy is stuffed tightly into plastic bags, and before a helicopter attacks a target or lands, the crew throws the candy bomb onto the ground. The candy scatters, enticing the children out of harm's way.
  • Chapstick and sunscreen;
  • Socks;
  • Canned and packaged food, especially Vienna sausages, tuna fish and summer sausage;
  • Disposable cameras;
  • Hot chocolate and other powdered drinks;
  • Feminine hygiene products and baby wipes;
  • Batteries;
  • Desinex;
  • Mosquito coils;
  • Energy bars of any kind and salty snacks; and
  • International phone cards.

For more information, contact either Lud Kaftan, (928) 474-6981, or Butch Klein, (928) 474-6968.

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