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Bank hosts Phone Home drive here Friday
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On Friday, The Coastal Bank will host a community appreciation day in Hinesville to support the USO Operation Phone Home campaign.
The event, which will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. is open to the public, and will be at the bank’s Hinesville office at 101 W. Hendry St.
The Coastal Bank is currently conducting a community-wide campaign to raise money for USO Operation Phone Home, which provides pre-paid phone cards to deployed soldiers to call loved ones away from home this holiday season.
“This is a small, but important way for us to express our thanks to our brave troops,” said Tom Wiley, Coastal’s chairman, president and CEO. “We appreciate their selfless service to our nation and hope they will return home safely.”
Members of the public are invited to stop by Friday to make a donation  and receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich. Anyone who donates $50 or more will be entered into a drawing on Nov. 30 for four chances to win Chick-fil-A for a year.
A $5 donation with a personalized message will provide a soldier with a phone card. Cards will be given to deployed members of the U.S. Army, Army National Guard, Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Naval Reserve in December.
“The small things make a big difference in the daily lives of the men and women of the armed forces,” said Mitchell Bush, president of USO of Georgia - Savannah. “These phone cards serve as an indication that we’re not forgetting what our soldiers go through. It’s a great way to brighten their holidays.”
Established in 2003, USO Operation Phone Home delivers prepaid cards to deployed service members for free. As one of the most requested items from deployed service members, the prepaid international phone cards continue to be popular with service men and women. The phone cards are distributed through USO centers both overseas and in the U.S., where they are handed out to service members passing through, or are delivered directly to military units. Since the program began, more than 2.2 million phone cards have been distributed.
“Although they deploy to dangerous areas, the biggest sacrifice our service members make is being separated from their family and friends,” said Steve Hart, public affairs officer at Hunter Army Airfield. “There’s no greater way to show gratitude to our service members than to give them a phone card so that they can connect with their loved ones over the holidays.”
For more information, visit or visit any Coastal Bank office.
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