first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Galvan began by sending care packages to people she or her friends knew, and the operation then grew to serve thousands of troops per year. “This project has been medicine to my soul,” said Galvan. She said the troops greatly appreciate the service, usually sending e-mails and letters to donors who respond to their requests. The correspondence provides “a connection to home,” Galvan said, and also “helps them remember that people really care.” Galvan said 4 The Troops has been especially rewarding for her recently as she undergoes chemotherapy. She hopes to continue her work with 4 The Troops and praised the support she’s received from soldiers she’s spoken to. Donors are encouraged to stop by American Legion Post 280 at 179 N. Vinedo Ave. in Pasadena to make tax-deductible contributions. The current donation drive ends Dec. 1. Information can be found at or by calling (866) 410-HERO. PASADENA – After several natural disasters have captured the nation’s philanthropic attention, one local charity organization wants to remind people about the needs of American soldiers during the holidays. Pasadena’s “4 The Troops,” a nonprofit organization, collects donations for care packages that it sends to soldiers deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the world. Donations have been low this year. Troops in need of supplies, usually entertainment items such as DVDs and video games, sign up with the organization and make requests, and 4 The Troops then tries to fulfill those requests from donations. It typically sends out between 2,000 and 5,000 care packages per year. The 4 The Troops group was founded in March 2003 by Anne Galvan, and it now has offices in Pasadena and Los Angeles. Galvan, who lives in Diamond Bar, said her brother served in the Air Force during Operation Desert Storm and she was inspired to create the organization after watching footage of the current Iraq war on TV. last_img read more