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WASHINGTON — Tunes 4 the Troops is still collecting hundreds of DVDs and CDs for servicemembers, but has run out of places to ship them.

The charity, launched by 16-year-old Kaylee Radzyminski, has distributed more than 136,000 discs to locations worldwide. She has personally delivered crates full of the music and movies to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Naval Hospital Bethesda and other stateside bases.

But Kaylee said right now she has about 40 boxes at her home filled with discs, just waiting to be sent somewhere.

“On average we’re getting seven boxes of new ones a week,” the Tennessee teen said. “A few weeks ago we received 27 copy paper boxes full of them from a school that had been collecting them.”

So now she is looking for MWR workers, chaplains, or anyone running overseas recreation centers to receive the boxes and make sure the free media is shared with deployed servicemembers.

“A lot of the troops, when they get deployed, don’t think to bring 15 of their favorite CDs or movies,” she said. “They just bring a few of their favorites. We thought we could help get them a little more entertainment.”

Kaylee, a high-school junior who hopes to attend the U.S. Naval Academy after graduation, said the charity has grown from just a few used CDs from friends and family to major contributions from schools and corporations nationwide.

Showtime Networks recently donated more than 6,500 CDs and DVDs of their original programming, Hollywood Video donated more than 2,700 DVDs, and Lifetime Television contributed nearly 3,000 CDs to the effort.

Packing and shipping costs are covered by fund-raisers run by the charity. Those interested in receiving the DVDs and CDs can e-mail contact information to tunes4thetroops@hotmail.com or visit tunes4thetroops.org.

Groups looking to donate discs can also contact Kaylee through those addresses.


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