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[November 26, 2007] ELKHART -- The Elkhart Festival Association will begin a collection drive to assist "Tunes 4 the Troops." The drive will start Saturday during the Elkhart Community Christmas in downtown Elkhart.

Tunes 4 the Troops was an idea of a 15-year-old Tennessee native, Kaylee Radzyminski. In her Sea Cadet program, she had talked to troops from overseas. "Their biggest request was for more CDs and DVDs to watch," says Kaylee. "If one of the troops had one CD, it was shared by all in the camp, and it got wore out or there wasnít enough to go around." Her idea was to collect used CDs and DVDs from her friends and then send them to troops in other parts of the world, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. From there, the idea grew, and Kaylee has a goal of collecting half a million CDs and DVDs by Christmas 2008. As of September 2007 she had collected 97,000.

The Elkhart Festival Association will have a collection booth on the main street Saturday and then have a collection point in town at Horsefeathers/Wild Hare Cafe. The associationís goal is to collect over 150 CDs and DVDs.

For further information on dropping off used or new CDs or DVDs, contact Andrea at 217-947-2100, Dan D. at 217-947-2437 or Mary at 217-947-2349. For more information online, visit www.tunes4thetroops.org.

The Elkhart Festival Association, an organization of active community members, wants to show off the good things the town of Elkhart has to offer in its people, places and attitudes.

[Text from file received from Elkhart Festival Association]

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