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Labor & Workforce Development Group to help more than 100 Murfreesboro Veteran's families for Christmas

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James G. Neeley, on behalf of the International Association of Workforce Professionals, helped give Christmas baskets to more than 100 needy veterans' families in Murfreesboro at the Tennessee Career Center Rutherford County at 220 East Vine Street.

Commissioner Neeley is a member of the International Association of Workforce Professionals who worked together to gather Christmas goodies to distribute to the families of local Veterans and families from the National Guard who are serving in Iraq. Donations will include turkey and the fixings and toys for children. "I am proud of what the IAWP is doing in Rutherford County, especially this time of year. It is important to remember our veterans and those still serving in Iraq," said Neeley.

The non-profit International Association of Workforce Professionals works towards helping the community in projects such as this one. The organization also works to protect state employees and establish scholarship funds to promote education.

The families have been selected from lists given to the IAWP from the Veterans' Association social workers. The "Rolling Thunder" motorcycle club will be delivering the baskets to homes in Rutherford County. This club consists of mostly Vietnam veterans.

This program is made possible by the following companies: Bridgestone/Firestone, Rich Food Products, Americold Logistics, Kroger, Yates Services, Pillsbury and Smurfit Stone.



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