I was saving this to talk about over Memorial Day, but since I missed that, I think July 4th is fitting, too. When the War on Terrorism started the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association started a program to send them beef, mostly in the form of beef sticks. Local Burger Kings even helped them raise money for a time.
However, costs increased and eventually the ICA gave up on the program. Ted and Dee Ann Paulsrud heard that the program was ending and decided to take it over. They discovered that shipping costs would have eaten up most of the money so they started looking for a deal. They arranged to buy the beef sticks from Triple T Specialty Meats who deliver them to the Sioux City Fareway store where the Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Station which transport the sticks to Iraq and Afghanistan and distribute them to the troops.
They have sent more than 40,000 beef sticks to the troops since taking over the project. Each beef stick costs about 68 cents. I did get my donation sent in for honor of Memorial Day and I hope you’ll consider sending one, also.
$25 donation buys 38 beef sticks
$50 donation buys 73 beef sticks
$100 donation buys 147 beef sticks
A recent generous donor gave them program $1000, but even small donations can add up.
Please send “Beef”n Up the Troops” donations to:
Ted and Dee Ann Paulsrud
4980 – 320th St.
Danbury IA 51019-8505
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