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Sacramento Bee readers fulfill $5,000 dream for Soldiers Project

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Reported by the Roseville Patch.

For the second consecutive year, readers of the Sacramento Bee have made dreams come true for the staff at The Soldiers Project/Sacramento.

The local non-profit organization, which provides free, confidential mental health services to active-duty military and veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and their loved ones, recently received a check for $5,000 to fund the purchase of new office furniture.

The grant was made possible by the Sacramento Bee’s annual “Book of Dreams” series which gives front-page publicity to yuletide wishes expressed by local non-profit agencies and individuals in need. This year, 13 dreams appeared in print, all of which were realized.

The Soldiers Project’s wish for new office furniture to replace a room full of mismatched, worn-out hand-me-down desks, chairs and bookcases was one of 26 additional dreams that were also funded through donations made by generous Sacramento Bee readers.

“We feel so fortunate to have the support of the Sacramento Bee for the second year in a row,” said Becca Bettis, program director for The Soldiers Project/Sacramento. “This grant will allow us to make our office more functional and provide a private space for therapists to see clients when the need arises.”

The grant was awarded through the Sacramento Region Community Foundation which administers the Sacramento Bee Book of Dreams Fund.

According to the Bee’s website, The Book of Dreams raised $192,000 in 2012, an amount the organization hopes to meet or exceed this year. The Soldiers Project/Sacramento was one of 16 organizations or individuals profiled on the newspaper’s front page during the 2012 campaign. TSP’s dream for $5,000 to purchase a commercial grade copy machine was one of the 16 fulfilled last year.

The Soldiers Project/Sacramento, named in 2012 by the White House as one of the nation’s top 20 non-profit military service organizations, is comprised of about 45 volunteer therapists who last year gave nearly 1,000 hours of free treatment to soldiers and their families. Its unlimited services go beyond those provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs medical system.

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