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Realty office coordinates Thank a Soldier day

October 16, 2012|By Joyce Rudolph
  • Thank a Soldier committee members filling a postal box to be sent to a soldier are, from left, Natalie Barash, Holly Patterson, Valene Rolon and Amanda Bebout. All are employees with Keller Williams Realty in Burbank.
Thank a Soldier committee members filling a postal box… (Photo by Joyce Rudolph )

Employees of Keller Williams Realty offices in Burbank, Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge are enlisting in an effort to send donations to military personnel serving our country abroad.

The public is asked to bring donations such as personal-care items and snacks — DVDs, beef jerky, phone cards, toothbrushes and other such items — to the Thank a Soldier Barbecue and Care Box Assembly day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Keller Williams Realty office parking lot in Burbank, 401 S. First St. In return, the public is invited to a free lunch with live entertainment and family activities.

This is the second time the company has produced the event. Last year 100 boxes were sent to soldiers. This year, the goal is 300 boxes or more, said Teri Covarrubias, Market Center administrator for Keller Williams in Burbank.

“We want the public to come and be our guests and enjoy the event and bring their children and families and listen to the entertainment we are going to have, and bring donations for the boxes,” she said.


There will be live bands and soloists, and an artist drawing guests' portraits. For kids, there will be face-painting, a bounce house and balloon animals. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks. Parking will be available in a lot across the street. Guests will be able to write letters to soldiers thanking them for their service.

Burbank Veterans Committee members are going to be helping to pack the boxes, said that group's chairman, Mickey DePalo. The city of Burbank will be shipping the boxes over the next couple of months, he added.

For a complete list of suggested items to donate, go to

Troop recruiting at open houses

Boy Scout Troop 204 is looking for new youth and adult members. Two open houses are planned to introduce prospective members to the program during the troop's meetings at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29 at the First Christian Church, 221 S. Sixth St., Burbank. Youth members must be at least 11 years old or have completed the fifth grade.

The Boy Scouts of America aims to help boys build character, learn responsibilities of citizenship, and develop personal fitness and survival skills. Activities include camping, backpacking and cycling.

Troop 204 is the oldest Boy Scout troop in the Verdugo Hills Council. It has been sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Burbank since 1924.

For more information, contact Scoutmaster Eduardo Barbosa at (661) 670-8838.

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