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Harvesting Memories:Scrappers gather to support Troops, military families

NSA organizes Veterans Day scrapbooking events across the country

HOUSTON —September 27, 2006—Today the National Scrapbooking Association announced that Harvesting Memories Crop & Shop events will be held around the country on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, 2006, to raise funds for Trees for Troops. Harvesting Memories events are organized by the National Scrapbooking Association in conjunction with the Christmas Tree Association and coordinated by local NSA members. Proceeds from all Harvesting Memories efforts go to the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, a 501(c)(3) a public charity, and are earmarked for the Trees for Troops program.

Trees for Troops is a nationwide effort to boost the Christmas spirit for U.S. military men and women organized by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and Federal Express. Hundreds of Christmas tree farmers from around the country donate thousands of live Christmas trees that are delivered by Federal Express to military bases in the U.S. and overseas. In 2005, the first year of the program, Trees for Troops donated and delivered over 4,400 trees. This year’s goal is to deliver 12,000 trees to 20 military bases.

Harvesting Memories Crop & Shop events will be held in San Diego, Las Vegas, St. Louis, and Michigan, with additional locations to be named soon. Sponsors include Hewlett-Packard, Fuji, Energizer, Memories in Uniform and Bluegrass Publishing.

Visit the Harvesting Memories web site at www.HarvestingMemories.org for details and ways to help.

About the National Scrapbooking Association (NSA) The National Scrapbooking Association (NSA) is a network of companies and individuals passionate about the creative preservation of memories working together to expand the passion of scrapbooking. Designed to serve all segments of the market - consumers, retailers, service providers, manufacturers and publications - the NSA encourages collaboration and communication throughout the scrapbooking community and provides the tools and services for members to connect with each other. For more about the NSA, visit www.NSA.gs. About the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation is committed to keeping the spirit of Christmas alive and growing memories for the next generation of children and families. To achieve this mission, the programs are focused on children, families and the environment ... all designed to enhance the Christmas spirit. For more information about the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, visit www.christmasspiritfoundation.org.

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