Craig Morgan joins for 19th Jack Daniel’s/USO “Toast to the Troops” campaign (from the mailbag)

Craig Morgan
The 19th Jack Daniel’s/USO “Toast to the Troops” Care Package
Stuffing Party will hit Jacksonville, FL, on July 11 for a fun-filled day at The
Jacksonville Landing where dedicated volunteers and the general public will fill
7,500 care packages for our servicemen and women serving overseas.  

dedicated group of military spouses, USO volunteers and Jack Daniel’s employees
and friends will stuff the bulk of the care packages from 2 p.m.-6 p.m., but the
famed distillery is asking the general public to stop by The Jacksonville
Landing from 11 a.m-6 p.m. to stuff a bag of their own.  Each care package will
include a “toast” card – a personal message of support for our
The stuffing lines will be located on Hogan Street between The
Landing and Times-Union Center building.  All supplies for the care
packages will be provided.

Following the care package stuffing, a free
and open-to-the-public concert will be held by ten-year Army veteran and country
music superstar Craig Morgan at 7 p.m. in The Landing’s
Courtyard.  (The Landing is a non-ticketed venue and is standing room only. 
Chairs, coolers, cans, bottles and glass are not allowed on the
Since the first Toast to the Troops event in 2005, 18
stuffing events have been held across the country delivering more than 165,000
Operation USO Care Packages to our troops serving overseas.  In addition to the
toast card message of support, the packages include items requested by service
members, such as prepaid international calling cards, toiletries, sunscreen,
playing cards, disposable cameras and snacks.
“Jack Daniel’s has a long
and proud history of supporting our military, and we’re happy to bring this
event to Jacksonville,” said Jennifer Powell, Senior Brand Manager for Jack
Daniel’s.  “We hope our friends in the area will stop by during the day to stuff
their own care package and let our nation’s heroes serving in harms’ way know
how much they are loved and supported.”  
“I’ve said it before, but
being part of every Toast event over the past eight years has been a really
rewarding experience for me,” said Craig Morgan.  “Our nation’s service members
and their families sacrifice so much for us on a daily basis and I hope everyone
will come out and join us for what promises to be a great day to honor and
support these heroes.”
“For so many of our troops serving overseas this
summer these care packages will serve as a touch of home and a ‘thank you’ on
behalf of so many Americans,” said Kelli Seely, USO Senior Vice President of
Development and Chief Development Officer.  “Thank you to the volunteers, Jack
Daniels’ employees, and the public for their support of this event and our
One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has
made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits: 
“Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About
Sunday,” “International Harvester” and "This Ole Boy," the title track to his
latest album. The project boasted a Top 5 album debut on Billboard’s Top Country
Albums chart. He's just released the soulful single "Wake Up Lovin' You" from a
new album due later this year on Black River Entertainment. Craig received one
of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand
Ole Opry in 2008.  Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, he spent
over 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the
Army Reserves.  He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a
recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award.
Due to heightened security,
individuals can no longer send letters and packages addressed to “Any Service
Member.”  The Operation USO Care Package program is the best way to send a
message of encouragement directly to troops and provide a touch of home.  The
USO has distributed more than two million care packages since the program began
in 2003.  More information on the Operation USO Care Package program and other
USO programs supporting active duty military and their families can be found at