The final results of the Allen County Commissioners’ “Heart To Heart” campaign to provide phone cards to servicemen and women from northeast Indiana was disclosed on Wednesday, February 9.

As of today, February 28, 2005, the Heart to Heart campaign has raised $4,832.20 and spent $2,506.90. “That’s about double the amount of money that we had raised at the time of the report we gave on February 8,” reported John McGauley, Public Information Director-Allen County Board of Commissioners. The $2,500 expenditure was to purchase 600 phone cards that have already been distributed to deployed service men and women through the Indiana National Guard.

“Heart to Heart,” an effort conceived by Allen County Commissioner Marla Irving, has since January 28 sought donations that will be used to purchase phone cards for Indiana National Guard members who have been deployed to the Middle East.

Representatives of SAM’S CLUB #6313, 6736 Lima Road, where contributions were collected, presented the Commissioners with a check. Other contributions were collected in the Allen County Commissioners Office and at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Homes in memory of the late Frank Kovas, who passed away in late January.

The latest donation arrived on Friday, February 25, 2005 – a $924.50 check from Leo Elementary School. The kids raised money through a Krispy Kreme donut sale.

Approximately 300 guard members from northeast Indiana are currently deployed to the region. The money that is being raised now will also be used to purchase phone cards for soldiers, including those already deployed whom may need one AND those who will be deployed later on. (We have been advised that another large deployment of northeast Indiana guard members will take place late this year.)

We are continuing to raise funds for this project, and will continue to do so for at least the near-term. Donations can be made in the Commissioners Office, all four UPS stores and the Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Homes.

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