East Windsor woman on mission to keep soldiers in touch with families

(11/24/04) EAST WINDSOR One New Jersey woman has made it a priority to ensure soldiers in dangerous parts of the world can stay in touch with their loved ones.

Judy Shane runs a program that purchases prepaid calling cards for United States soldiers stationed in harms way. Shane says she got the idea after hearing an interview in which a mother was thankful for the opportunity to speak with her son one last time before he died in Iraq. The mothers statements left a deep impression on Shane, who lost her own son in a tragic incident.

After brokering a deal with MCI, Shane was able to purchase 2,000 one-hour phone cards for distribution to soldiers stationed away from their families. The program founder says she wants to be able to purchase more cards for the men and women in uniform during the holiday season. Prepaid phone cards are at the top of most soldiers holiday wish lists.

Anyone interested in contributing to the program can send donations to: Joshua Shane Fund 1676 Route 27 Edison, NJ 08817

Shane says every dollar donated will be put toward the calling cards.

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