Tucson Students Help Deployed Airmen

Circle of Neighbors Students and Tucson Community Cares are gathering personal items and contributions to ship care packages to Airmen deployed from Davis-Montham.

Tucson, AZ, November 01, 2009 --(PR.com)-- The Circle of Neighbors is running a pilot event in Tucson. The Neighbors Cares program promotes volunteerism and the Circle of Neighbor’s belief in "neighbors helping neighbors."

Tucson is home to the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and the Airmen and their families are our Tucson neighbors who will benefit from the Neighbors Cares program.

The Circle of Neighbors works with college bound students and students in college to prepare for and gain admittance into the best schools. They also help them obtain significant free funding to help pay for college. Circle of Neighbors volunteer opportunities and community involvement to their students. As a result the Circle of Neighbors members in Tucson are reaching out to the Tucson community to collect much needed personal items for our deployed Airmen. They have partnered with the Tucson Community Cares Foundation for advice, financial support and to coordinate the shipping of the care packages. This fantastic partnership was facilitated by Brian and Stacey Beebe who are volunteers for both organizations.

"When we brought the idea to our Tucson students they were excited to know that they would be helping Airmen who needed to know their community cares about them,” said Brian Beebe, local volunteer for Circle of neighbors and Project Director for Tucson Community Cares. “Colleges want the students who demonstrate community involvement and leadership. We are very proud of our students and our Airman will be grateful for their contributions of time and effort."

Care package collection is scheduled to be completed in the month of November and then shipped the first week of December. Students are locating drop points throughout Tucson and will be attending events such as the St. Philips Plaza Farmers Market on November 19.

The students will meet for a packaging event alongside Tucson Community Cares volunteers and Air Force personnel at Davis-Monthan after the collections have been made to prepare the care boxes for shipping.

Tucson Community Cares has offered to fund 50 percent of the cost of shipping. The cost to ship one box is approximately $15.

"This is an excellent opportunity for our students to experience a very unique connection to their military neighbors,” said Stacey Beebe, local volunteer for Circle of Neighbors and Fundraising and Solicitation Director for Tucson Community Cares. “It’s also a wonderful way for our active duty Airman to connect with the off-base community.

“The program will demonstrate to our Airmen and their families that Tucson’s middle, high school and college students are here to support them."

If you would like to participate, contribute or have any questions contact Brian or Stacey Beebe at 520-303-2794.

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Brian Beebe