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USA Cares brings out Stars and Strikes

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By Kelly Cantrall

Residents of Hardin County and beyond knocked down pins and raised money for USA Cares this weekend.

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The second USA Cares Stars and Strikes Bowl-a-thon has begun and continues for the next two weekends. The event raises money for military families in the area, and USA Cares officials hope to expand the fundraiser across the nation.

Kimberly Brown of Greensburg traveled to take part in the event because her brother and her sister-in-law are in the military, and her sister-in-law also works with USA Cares.

“It kind of meant something to us to come out and support everything,” Brown said.

She likes knowing the organization is there to assist military families when they’re struggling.

“Actually it makes me feel really good,” Brown said.

Since 2003, USA Cares has responded to 40,000 requests for assistance and has given $10 million to military families, said Barbara Lally, special events coordinator for the organization.

USA Cares has four programs — combat injured, housing assistance, emergency assistance and jobs assistance — that help families pay bills, put food on the table and stay in their homes.

Last year’s event raised close to $10,000 and had about 22 teams participating. This year 80 teams have signed up to participate, and Lally said reaching $25,000 to $30,000 would be a great success for the organization. Each team’s donations can help four military families.

Misty Gardner of Radcliff said the good cause brought her out to show off her bowling skills.

“I can’t do much, but if I can do any little thing to give back, I would want to do that,” Gardner said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.