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Former Marine collecting for the troops

Special to the Daily

SUMMIT COUNTY ” A former U.S. Marine is trying to bring some of the comforts of home to troops who are in Iraq during the holidays.

Adam Swansen, employee housing specialist for Copper Mountain Resort, started a holiday collection drive for U.S. soldiers to help brighten their holiday season.

“I know what it’s like to spend time away from family and friends, especially during the holidays,” Swansen said. “We have a chance to have our community make a positive impact on service members serving overseas in hostile areas.”

Collections from the holiday drive will be sent to the three Marine helicopter squadrons deployed in Iraq from Swansen’s former station at Camp Pendleton. Items will be dispersed to troops by squadron leaders.

Drop off boxes are available at Safeway, Pioneer Sports, AB Ski Rentals, MarDei’s Retreat, the Mountains and Antlers Ski Shop in Frisco, Virgin Island Ski Rentals, Wildernest Property Management and Condos in Silverthorne and City Market in Dillon.

Items being collected include books, disposable cameras, camp-style foods, candy, cards, lip moisturizer, dental floss, facial tissues, fast food hot sauce packets, flashlights, cookies, gum, magazines, moist wipes, CDs, Nerf toys, Odor Eaters for boots, pencils, pens and small notebooks.

Cash donations can be made at Copper’s ticket windows. Funds collected will be used to purchase items for the troops. Supplies will be collected and sent by Dec. 20.

Swansen said he has received excellent feedback from the community and hopes to receive even more donations for the troops.

“It’s a really simple way to make a difference, and I know first-hand how important it is,” Swansen said.

Swansen joined the Marine Corps in January 1999. After boot camp, he attended Aviation Ordinance School in Pensacola, Fla. and went to his permanent duty station at Camp Pendleton in California.

While in California, he received his aircrew wings and reached the top rank of sergeant. Also during his tour of duty, he was recognized with a Navy Achievement Medal by the Secretary of the Navy for excellence in the program.

Swansen was deployed to Afghanistan for four months after 9/11 and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for excellence while serving there. His work in the Marine Corps inspired him to come to the aid of others in the same position.

For more information on the holiday drive, call (970) 968-2318, ext. 60819.

Jennifer Huffman can be contacted at (970)668-3998, ext. 248, or at

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