USO package sending event Oct. 3

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On October 3 Colorado Springs residents can purchase USO Care Packages for overseas military troops.

The USO packages are the only packages sanctioned by the Department of Defense.

Packages can be purchased during a special event and USO concert scheduled from 3 to 10 p.m. at Security Service Field, 4385 Tutt Blvd. Thirteen bands are scheduled to play and there will be a bounce house and face painting for children.

The tax-deductible packages can be purchased for $25, Each package has between $50 and $75 worth of merchandise inside – items such as phone cards, disposable cameras, toiletries and snacks.

The package is a part of the Waddell & Reed 70th Anniversary Goodwill Tour. Waddell & Reed donated the first 1,000 USO Care Packages.

Donations of nearly $400,000 have been collected on the current tour, enough for 16,000 USO packages – one for every 12 military personnel stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.