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SEBASTIAN -- On Nov. 24, the Hari Kari Rock Band will perform at Earl's Hideaway, 1405 Indian River Drive in Sebastian, from 8:30 pm to 12:30 a.m.
During the show, the band will have a representative from the Military Moms Prayer Group on hand to collect items and pass out "Holidays for Heroes" mailing kits to fill and mail to the troops.
The band is dedicating this show to Cpl. Dale J. Kridlo and Lt. Col. Joseph Trane McCloud, two men with ties to Indian River County who made the ultimate sacrifice for the country.
Mr. Kridlo, son of Michelle Dale, was killed Nov. 7, 2010 in Afghanistan. Mr. McCloud, son of Roma Anderson, died Dec. 4, 2006 in Iraq.
For its outreach to the troops at Earl's Hideaway, the Hari Kari Rock Band suggests two ways to help: first, patrons at the performance can pick up a Military Moms mailing kit, which contains a list of recommended items to send; a flat-rate box with custom forms pre-addressed to an individual serviceman or woman and an instruction sheet. The cost to mail is $13.45.
Second, members of the community can shop for items and bring them to Earl's Hideaway on Saturday night for the Military Moms to mail. Items the troops want most are: powdered drink mixes (lemonade, Gatorade, Tang, hot chocolate); nuts (mixed nuts, peanuts, trail mix; microwave popcorn; peanut butter (in individual packets); dried fruit/raisins; wet wipes or baby wipes; protein bars and granola bars; meat products (beef jerky/Slim Jims, canned or foil-wrapped tuna, chicken, corned beef); Raman noodles; Visa or Mastercard gift cards and socks (black or green).
Every Christmas and Valentine's Day the Military Moms Prayer Group ships gift packages to the troops to let them know they are not forgotten. Since 2006, more than 8,000 packages from Indian River County have reached the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in time for the holidays.
To drop off goodies prior to the gig, visit the Veteran's Council's Victory Center at the Indian River Mall (near Macy's) or Barker Electric Air Conditioning and Heating, 1936 Commerce Ave.in Vero Beach.
For more information about "Holidays for Heroes" visit www.MilitaryMomsPrayerGroup.com.