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September 21, 2007

Support the Troops: Buy Chocolate

My nearest and dearest knew it was only a matter of time before I found a way to mix chocolate with my warm desire to support our solders, sailors, airmen and marines serving overseas. While at the Navy Hospital in Bethesda recently, I read an article about a chocolatier who supports America's Fisher Houses by the sale of top-quality chocolate bars.

"When I learned about the plight of ill and injured military personnel, I decided that I had to do something to help and that's how the Fisher House Bar was created," explains chocolatier Diane Pinder. All profits from the sale of the Fisher House Bars supports the Fisher House Foundation which, for 17 years, has built homes near military hospitals, allowing families of injured military personnel to stay near their wounded warriors during their often long-term treatment.

The chocolate bars (milk chocolate and semi-sweet) have been sent to troops serving in Iraq and elsewhere. I have sampled the milk chocolate bars (eight of them, if you must know--and it would have been ten had not the 06 who lives with me stolen two of them) and they are quite simply the best chocolate I have ever eaten.

You will not be surprised to learn that Diane is the mother of a U.S. Marine who has served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Meeting some of the many men and women who have paid the high price of severe personal injury is a sobering experience," Diane notes. "I'm hopeful that my small effort to spread the word about the work of the Fisher House Foundation motivates others to support their worthy cause."

I hope so, too. Any Point readers who've been wondering what to send me for Christmas this year (or any of your own friends and relatives), the answer is here. 

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Kim Moreland

Thanks for the information Anne. I will make sure to buy some of their chocolates. Boy, I wish they had Dark Chocolate and maybe add some carmel and pecans for good measure.

Let's support our troops...and maybe our dentist too.

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