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ST. PETE BEACH WILL RUN EFFORT FOR TROOPS FROM ITS HOME BASE

St. Pete Beach will take on a bigger role in a program that sends care packages to service men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Donations collected at City Hall were previously taken to Indian Shores, where council member Marlene Clausen organized the care packages for cities and groups throughout the county.

Now City Clerk Theresa McMaster will organize the collections and mail the care packages for the beach's residents.

She said she hopes renewed interest by the city will get more beach businesses and residents involved in collecting and donating the needed items. Money also is needed for postage, she added.

"I've had a few citizens contact me wanting to be involved, so I suspect we'll get more volunteers from the community in the near future," McMaster said.

Nick Johnson can be reached at nickjohnson@sptimes.com or 893-8361.

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How to get involved

Anyone interested in helping can contact City Clerk Theresa McMaster or bring donations to the St. Pete Beach City Hall at 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach.

If you have a family member or friend serving overseas, please call so they can be added to the mailing list.

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