Lcpl, Trent HawesHelp Marines out on patrol connect with the communities and villages they are protecting.  By delivering humanitarian aid and handing out treats to children they can help create a level of trust with the people they are protecting.

Lcpl Trent Hawes, a Marine serving his first tour of duty, who is also nephew of Greg Alsterlund, President, at McDonald Remodeling has sent word back that his unit needs your help to carry out this important aspect of their mission.  Winning the hearts and minds of the people is critical to the success their efforts in Afghanistan.

You can help out Trent and his unit with just a small gesture.  Your act of helping to supply the troops with treats goes a long way toward creating positive change.  Not only does it help build trust and bring smiles to children’s faces in very difficult conditions, but it also lifts the morale of the troops.  They can have a moment of fun and enjoy personal interactions with the Afghan people they are protecting, which gives you two smiles for the price of one.

IMG_004McDonald Remodeling is assisting Trent and his unit by collecting Dum Dum Pops and monetary donations that will be used to purchase items for them to hand out while on patrol.  If you are interested in making a donation please contact Greg Alsterlund  at for more information.

If you’d like to order large quantities of Dum Dum Pops you can directly from Spangler Candy online at

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