Sunday, January 16, 2011

Candy Collection for Overseas Troops

KREX News Room

Kids were lining up to trade in their Halloween candy to be sent overseas and make some cash off of it as well. Oral Health Partners and the Grand Valley Blue Star Mothers are teaming up to help our military men and women overseas.

Here's how it works: kids bring in their candy, they get $2 a pound for it, and then it is all shipped throughout the world.

Last year, 500 pounds of candy was collected. This year they've already broken that record and collected more than 600 pounds and counting.

The kids did admit they didn't donate all their candy, and were able to sneak a stash for themselves.

This is the second year this event has been held.

Local Hero welcomed home

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KREX News Room
Joe Thompson

Grand Junction - Another one of the Western Slope's finest is back home for the holidays. Late Wednesday morning, Airman Angela Abeyta from Delta arrived home to a hero's welcome at the Grand Junction Regional Airport.

Abeyta is currently stationed in Texas for technical training. She says she's excited to be home for Christmas, and is looking forward to her two week break.

"Just some good-home cooked meals. That's all I'm looking forward to. And maybe some sledding if the snow comes," said Abeyta.

Along with friends and family, Abeyta was welcomed home by the Blue Star Mothers along with veterans from the local VFW.