Press Release 2012
What a great way to celebrate our 100th post… Here’s our new press release for The Marshall Plan 2012!
THE MARSHALL PLAN COLLECTING TASTYKAKES AND DONATIONS FOR US TROOPS
Lehigh Valley, PA, September 2012 – When Kaitlin Reinbold’s Marine boyfriend was stationed in Afghanistan in 2011, she sent care packages to remind him of home. Tastykakes were the most popular items with the Marines, particularly with one named Marshall, who had never had them before. In June 2011, Marshall was severely injured by an I.E.D. He endured surgeries, rehabilitation and physical therapy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Marshall’s story inspired Bob Price, a friend of Kaitlin’s family, with an idea: show wounded warriors our gratitude and respect by delivering boxes of Tastykakes to Walter Reed. “The Marshall Plan” came together. Bob and Dave Reinbold, Kaitlin’s father, rode on bicycles from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Bethesda, Maryland – 200 miles – followed by the Tastykakes (thanks to Tom and Kari Mesko) and the rest of the team by car a few days later.
On October 17, 2011 the team delivered 1,600 boxes of Tastykakes and more than $9,000 in monetary donations, most of which was used to purchase gift cards for wounded warriors and their families. Excess funds were donated to the USO of Metropolitan Washington in thanks for their help with logistics. The Marshall Plan was also able to send a few care packages to troops in Afghanistan. Marshall, the marine for whom the program is named, is hoping to return to his home and family in Arkansas in December.
The Marshall Plan succeeded because of the kindness and generosity of family members, friends and citizens of the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. Support also came from Team Capital Bank, The Tasty Baking Company and especially Lehigh Valley Tastykake Sales Distributors who were quick to respond with a generous donation.
The Marshall Plan is gearing up to repeat the drive to support our wounded troops. The delivery to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland is scheduled for October 15, 2012. Fresh Tastykakes can be dropped off at any Team Capital Bank location from Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 10. Monetary contributions can be mailed to: The Marshall Plan, P.O. Box 285, Bethlehem, PA 18016.
To learn more about The Marshall Plan, see photos and information about efforts to aid our military, visit http://www.SweetThanks4Troops.com
Contact: Kaitlin Reinbold