*NEWS*XEROX:HOLIDAY GREETINGS FOR TROOPS

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*NEWS*XEROX:HOLIDAY GREETINGS FOR TROOPS

 user 2005-11-24 at 10:15:00 am Views: 51
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    Xerox Helping Deliver Holiday Greetings to Troops
    Gerogia National Guard, Xerox rally Atlanta to print, sign and send cards to more than 4,000 troops overseas.
    ROCHESTER,
    NY, Nov.  2005 – Xerox Corporation is working with the Georgia Army
    National Guard’s Family Readiness Group, a military-operated support
    group for the families of the soldiers, on a holiday card drive that
    will put thousands of custom-designed greeting cards in the hands of
    troops overseas.
    Let’s Say Thanks
    The “Let’s Say Thanks” card
    drive is designed to give people back home an easy way to print, sign
    and send one of three distinct greeting cards to the more than 4,000
    men and women of the Guard’s 48th Brigade Combat Team serving in Iraq,
    Afghanistan, and elsewhere.
    The card designs were drawn by several
    children with relatives serving overseas and selected for use by
    representatives from the American Institute of Graphic Arts Atlanta
    Chapter and the Savannah College of Art and Design. The children, ages
    6 to 13, were asked to draw pictures that symbolized their gratitude
    and expressed how the soldiers are being missed this holiday season.
    “All
    of the soldiers want to come home really soon and my picture represents
    warmth with your family,” said Sarah Wahlen, age 12 of St. John, Ind.,
    and a greeting card design winner whose cousin is in the 48th Brigade
    Combat Team. Her drawing is of two children sitting on the floor in
    front of a fireplace during the holidays. The children’s mother sits in
    a chair beside them, while a second chair is empty.
    Card Pavilion in Atlanta
    Xerox
    will set up a card pavilion on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 in Central Park in
    Atlanta’s Atlantic Station retail district. Well-wishers will be able
    to choose from cards already printed on Xerox’s iGen3® Digital
    Production Press or ones that are printed on-demand using Xerox’s
    Phaser® 8550 color printers. Following the two-day event, Xerox will
    ship the cards overseas to arrive at 48th BCT bases by Dec. 20.
    The
    48th BCT is made up of men and women from the Northwest, Midwest,
    Southeast and Puerto Rico, but the majority is from Georgia.
    “The
    holidays can be particularly difficult for our troops who are used to
    spending that time with their friends and family,” said Captain William
    Arp, Georgia Family Readiness Program director. “Receiving a simple
    message of support from the citizens of Atlanta will be an enormous
    boost to them.”
    “Helping the community express gratitude to the men
    and women who put themselves in harm’s way is a way for Xerox to give
    back during the holidays,” said Emerson Fullwood, chief of staff and
    marketing, Xerox North America. “Hopefully the sight of thousands of
    messages of support from home will remind the soldiers how much
    Americans appreciate their service.