Albertsons Helps Troops With Computer Donation

BOISE, Idaho - Albertson's, Inc., based here, said this week that it's shipping 185 computers to Camp Anaconda in Central Iraq to connect family and friends with deployed loved ones in a contribution linked to celebration of the 4th of July weekend.

The donation comes in response to the U.S. Army's concern that too few computers were available at Camp Anaconda, the main Army base camp in Iraq. This situation has resulted in limited Internet access and hundreds of troops in line, at any given time, waiting to communicate home.

"I cannot even begin to express how much this project will mean to the soldiers of Camp Anaconda. In addition to bringing our troops closer to their families, this will also help other soldiers continue their education via distance learning," said First Sgt. Craig Haskell, 116th Engineer Co. CSE, UTARNG, Spanish Fork, Utah.

Haskell said the computers will be used in the Soldiers' Education Center, at various soldier study centers, and in several Internet Cafe sites, as well as to augment battalion computer capability during peak periods. The computers were packed and loaded by Albertsons volunteers yesterday, along with 200 care packages for Albertsons associates who are currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"After learning that our troops in Iraq often waited hours in line to send e-mail home to their loved ones, it became evident that we could make thousands of Americans' lives easier by simply providing these military personnel better access to e-mail and the Internet," said Larry Johnston, chairman, c.e.o., and president of Albertsons. "We are very proud of all of our military serving in the Middle East, particularly those who are Albertsons associates, and want them to know that we salute them and their families this Fourth of July holiday."

CORUS, Albertsons' volunteer network, is made up of individuals who donate their personal time each year to worthy nonbusiness causes. Last year CORUS volunteers contributed over 750,000 hours of service in the communities where they live and work.

Winner of the White House Distinguished Home Front Award for support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve, Albertsons is one of the world's largest food and drug retailers. With annual revenues of over $35 billion, it employs more than 230,000 employees and runs over 2,500 retail stores in 37 states across the United States, under such banners as Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Albertsons-Osco, Albertsons-Sav-on, Sav-on Drugs, Osco Drug, Super Saver, Shaw's and Star Market.
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