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March 2003 / Tampa Bay's 10 - 10 News WTSP

Operation Brave Kids helps reservists' children

Tampa - With thousands of moms and dads serving in the Persian Gulf, many children are left behind with one parent. It’s no easy job, emotionally, or financially. So volunteers with Operation Brave Heart are helping by raising money for $25 gift certificates to stores like Publix, Winn Dixie and Wal-Mart.

Doug McNamee, an area sales manager with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, helped start Operation Brave Kids in Tampa Bay after one of his co-workers was sent to the Persian Gulf with an Army Reserve unit.

“It doesn’t matter what anyone’s view is on the war, whether it’s a good thing or not a good thing, it’s the families that are really impacted,” McNamee said. So far, more than 80 children are receiving gift certificates each month. McNamee expects that number to grow to more than 300 children.

The not-for-profit organization has raised more than $11,000 so far, but needs more than $90,000 to provide monthly gift certificates to 300 children for one year. If you’d like to help with Operation Brave Kids, call 1-800-569-8300, or visit 


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