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Press Release 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:      Kaitlin Reinbold Sankovsky
kardolfin@rcn.com
610-573-8240

THE MARSHALL PLAN COLLECTING TASTYKAKES AND DONATIONS FOR US TROOPS

Lehigh Valley, PA, August 28, 2013 – 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: to show wounded warriors our gratitude and respect by delivering boxes of Tastykakes to Walter Reed. “The Marshall Plan” came together. In October 2011, Bob and Dave Reinbold, Kaitlin’s father, rode on bicycles from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Bethesda, Maryland – 200 miles – followed by the Tastykakes and the rest of the team by car a few days later.  The Plan was successfully repeated in October of 2012.

Over the last two years, the Marshall Plan has delivered more than 3,000 boxes of Tastykakes and over $20,000 in monetary donations, most of which was used to purchase gift cards for wounded warriors and their families.

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/Flowers Foods, 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 the week of October 14, 2013. Fresh Tastykakes can be dropped off at any Team Capital Bank location from Monday, September 30 through Wednesday, October 9.  Monetary contributions can be mailed to: The Marshall Plan, P.O. Box 332, Bethlehem, PA  18016.

**To learn more about The Marshall Plan, see photos and information about efforts to aid our military, visit www.SweetThanks4Troops.com

Press Releases 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Kaitlin Reinbold

Phone: 610-573-8240

Website: www.sweetthanks4troops.com

The Marshall Plan: A Sweet Success – Again!

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 one named Marshall, who’d never had them before.  In June 2011, Marshall was severely injured by an I.E.D.   He was transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, where he continues his rehab today.

Marshall’s story inspired Bob Price, a friend of Kaitlin’s family, to come up with the idea to show gratitude and respect to wounded warriors by delivering 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 approximately 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.  (Please see our website Sweetthanks4troops.com for commentary and photos.)

The plan succeeded far beyond our expectations, thanks to 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.

Inspired by the success of last years’ Plan, we decided to repeat it this year.  Once again, we were able to donate approximately 1,600 boxes of Tastykakes and $11,000 in gift cards and monetary donations on October 15, 2012.  While last years’ donation was simply dropped off at the Medical Center, this time we were able to distribute some of the donations ourselves.  The Tastykakes and gift cards were received with smiles and thanks, but for us, being able to personally express our gratitude to these men and women for their service was an amazing privilege.  There was a feeling of pride, honor and willingness to serve on the face of every service person we met, and their courage and strength of spirit in the face of adversity was humbling.

We would again like to sincerely thank all those who donated and supported us – generous family, friends, citizens and businesses of the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas, Flowers Foods, and especially Team Capital Bank and the Lehigh Valley Tastykake Sales Distributors. We look forward a repeat of The Marshall Plan in 2013!

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kaitlin Reinbold

kardolfin@rcn.com

610-573-8240

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

2011 Press Releases

2011 Updated Press Release:

Press Release

Contact: Kaitlin Reinbold
Email: Kardolfin@rcn.com
Phone: 610-573-8240
Website: www.sweetthanks4troops.com

The Marshall Plan: A Sweet Success

Kaitlin Reinbold had been mailing care packages to her Marine boyfriend in Afghanistan earlier this year.  Apparently, Tastykakes were the most popular items among the Marines, particularly one named Marshall, who’d never had them before.  In June, Marshall was severely injured by an I.E.D.   He was transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, where he continues his rehab today.

This inspired a family friend, Bob Price, to come up with an idea – a small gesture of thanks to wounded warriors who deserve our utmost gratitude and respect.  The plan was to deliver 1,000 boxes of Tastykakes to the Medical Center.  Bob and Kaitlin’s father, Dave, planned to ride there on bicycle (200 miles), followed by the Tastykakes and the rest of the Marshall Plan group by car a few days later.  The delivery was made to the Medical Center on October 17.  (Please see our website Sweetthanks4troops.com for commentary and photos.)

The plan succeeded far beyond expectations.  Approximately 1,600 boxes of Tastykakes were collected, along with over $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 response was heartwarming.  The plan was a success, thanks to kind and generous family members, friends, and citizens of the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas.  Special thanks to Team Capital Bank, who supported us in several ways, The Tasty Baking Company, and especially Lehigh Valley Tastykake Sales Distributors who were so quick to respond and so generous with their donation.  Thank you all!

Original Press Release:

Press Release

Contact: Kaitlin Reinbold
Email: Kardolfin@rcn.com
Phone: 610-573-8240

Tastykakes: Sweet Thanks for Wounded Warriors

Bethlehem,PA- Kaitlin Reinbold along with her parents, David and Linda, family friend Bob Price, and a few others have decided to make a difference by showing appreciation to our wounded warriors withPennsylvania’s Tastykakes.

A wounded Marine’s love of Tastykakes was the inspiration to give back.  It began when Kaitlin started sending weekly care packages to her USMC boyfriend while he was deployed inAfghanistanearlier this year.  Of all the things she sent in care packages, some of the most popular items among the Marines were Tastykakes. One Marine in particular raved about the Tastykakes; he’d never had them before.  Subsequently, he was seriously injured and is currently rehabilitating atWalterReedNationalMilitaryMedicalCenter, Bethesda (WRNMMCB).    Kaitlin was able to speak with him in person at the homecoming of the remainder of his Company in August.  He immediately thanked her for the care package Tastykakes and told her how much he enjoyed them.  He also spoke of joking with his doctors about them.

Seeing and hearing the story of this dedicated Marine brought home the realization that he is just one of many wounded military men and women whose life-changing injuries have a profound effect on them and their families.  Dave and Bob discussed this during their frequent long-distance bike rides, and felt the need to do something to express appreciation and gratitude, even in a small way, for the sacrifices these warriors and their families have made. The idea was developed to bicycle200 milestoBethesdain conjunction with delivery of a truckload of Tastykakes to theMedicalCenterfor the wounded warriors.  Thus began “The Marshall Plan,” (The name refers to the wounded warrior, who prefers that his full name not be used.)

The goal of “The Marshall Plan” is to collect boxes of Tastykakes and/or monetary donations in order to acquire 1,000 boxes of Tastykakes to deliver to the wounded warriors of all military branches at WRNMMCB to show our gratitude for their service and sacrifice.   Excess funds (beyond those used for Tastykakes) will be used to provide gift cards to Bethesda-area businesses for wounded warriors and their families.

Delivery of the donations will take place on October 17, 2011(pending approval from WRNMMCB). Donations of boxes of Tastykakes will be gratefully accepted at any Team Capital Bank location between October 3, 2011 and October 14, 2011.  Checks may be made payable to “The Marshall Plan,” and sent to P.O. Box 1061, Bethlehem, PA  18016.

Original Press Release en Español: 

Comunicado de Prensa

Contacto Kaitlin Reinbold
Correo electrónico : Kardolfin@rcn.com
Teléfono: 610-573-8240

Tastykakes: Dulces agradecimientos para soldados heridos

Bethlehem, PA – Kaitlin Reinbold junto a sus padres, David y Linda, el amigo de su familia Bob Price,  y otras personas han decidido hacer una diferencia mostrando su apreciación  a nuestros soldados heridos ofreciéndoles Tastykakes de Pennsylvania.

El amor de un Marine herido a los Tastykakes fue lo que inspiró esta ayuda.  Todo empezó cuando Kaitlin comenzó a enviar semanalmente paquetes de cariño a su novio en USMC mientras estaba en servicio en Afganistán a principios de este año.   De todas las cosas que ella enviaba en sus paquetes de cariño, una de las cosas  más populares entre los Marines eran los Tastykakes.  Un Marine en particular, siempre comentaba acerca de los Tastykakes; él nunca había probado uno antes.  Posteriormente él fue seriamente herido y está actualmente siendo rehabilitado en el Centro Nacional Medico Militar Walter Reed en Bethesda (WRNMMCB).  Kaitlin pudo hablar con él en persona durante el  regreso a casa del resto de su Compañía en Agosto. Inmediatamente él le agradeció por los Tastykakes enviados en el paquete de cariño y le comentó cuanto los había disfrutado.  También le contó de los chistes que hacían acerca de ellos con sus doctores.

Viendo y oyendo la historia de este dedicado Marine, la llevó a la comprensión de que él era solo uno entre todos los hombres y mujeres militares cuyas impactantes heridas habían no solo cambiado sus vidas sino también habían tenido un profundo efecto sobre ellos y sus familias.  Dave y Bob solían discutir esto durante sus frecuentes y largos paseos en bicicleta, y sintieron la necesidad de hacer algo para expresar su aprecio y gratitud, aun en forma humilde, por los sacrificios que estos soldados y sus familias habían hecho.  Así llegaron a la idea de ir por 200 millas en bicicleta a Bethesda junto con la entrega de un camión lleno de Tastykakes al Centro Medico para los soldados heridos.  Así comenzó “El Plan Marshall”, (El nombre se refiere a los soldados heridos, que prefieren que no se use su nombre completo).

El propósito del “Plan Marshall” es de recolectar cajas de Tastykakes y/o donaciones monetarias para poder adquirir 1000 cajas de Tastykakes para entregarlas a los soldados heridos de todas las ramas militares en WRNMMCB para mostrarles nuestra gratitud por su servicio y sacrificio. Fondos en exceso (mas allá de aquellos necesarios para Tastykakes) serán usados para proveer tarjetas de regalo a los soldados heridos y sus familias en negocios del área de Bethesda.

La entrega de las donaciones se va a llevar a cabo el 17 de Octubre de 2011 (pendiente de la aprobación de WRNMMCB).  Donaciones de cajas de Tastykakes van a ser aceptadas con agradecimiento en cualquier oficina del Team Capital Bank entre Octubre 3, 2011 y Octubre 14, 2011. Los cheques se deben hacer pagables a “The Marshall Plan”, y deben ser enviados a P.O. Box 1061, Bethlehem, PA 18016.

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