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Deployed Military Members Receive Teddy Bears Sponsored By Southwest Florida NAPA Auto Care Centers

Public Invited to Support Teddy Bears for Deployed Military Members

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NAPLES, Fla., Nov. 6, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Southwest Florida NAPA Auto Care Centers is adding to their Veterans Day tribute this year by sponsoring 40 Teddy Bears to be given to deployed military through Teddy Bears for the Troops, Inc. They are also inviting the public to contribute toward sending more teddy bears to our deployed military by visiting any of their seven Naples, North Naples or Bonita Springs locations which are serving as collection sites, where any size donation is encouraged for this cause.

Teddy Bears for the Troops is a local non-profit organization that has been sending bears to deployed military for over 7 years. "This is a mission close to my heart and my church congregation also participates by blessing each teddy bear before being sent to deployed military," states Catherine Latimer, CEO of Teddy Bears for the Troops, Inc., whose family-owned auto repair business is a member of the elite group of NAPA Auto Care Centers known as Southwest Florida NAPA Auto Care Centers.

"Many deployed military have written emails back to me letting me know how much they appreciate a bear, especially those in war zones who have lost friends to an IED or sniper. They have said in their letters that it is a comfort to hug a bear each night when they don't have a loved one to hug," shared Catherine.

Any deployed military member may receive a bear. If the public would like to request that a teddy bear be sent to a deployed military member, please provide the member's name, APO address and the sponsor's name. A request to send a teddy bear to a deployed military member can be submitted by visiting Teddy Bears for the Troops website or by visiting one of the seven (7) Southwest Florida NAPA Auto Care Centers where you can also see one of the teddy bears on display.

For more information on sending a bear, go to http://www.teddybearsforthetroopsInc.org/.

Or to locate one of the seven (7) Teddy Bear donation collection sites, visit: http://swflnapaautocare.com/shop-locations.

Supporting Veterans and deployed military is a community service theme this year for Southwest Florida NAPA Auto Care Centers, as they recently announced a one-day-only event giving away free oil changes for Veterans at their seven locations on Veteran's Day.

For details on the "Veterans Receive Free Oil Changes on Veterans Day" event at Southwest Florida NAPA Auto Care Centers seven locations in Naples, North Naples and Bonita Springs, go to: http://i.send2press.com/NDIod.

The elite group of auto repair businesses that make up the Southwest Florida NAPA Auto Care Centers meet regularly with a focus on business development and are planning other charity-based events and community contributions later this year.

To learn more visit: http://swflnapaautocare.com/.

Southwest Florida NAPA Auto Care Centers is a group of independent, family-owned auto repair businesses that train their ASE certified automotive technicians and management to provide cutting-edge diagnostic and auto repair at their seven locations in Naples, North Naples and Bonita Springs and offer a 24 month/24,000 mile nationwide "Peace of Mind" Warranty that is supported by over 13,000 Auto Care Centers across the country.

*Photo Caption: (L to R) Alex Vanegas, Store Manager, NAPA Auto Parts-Sunbelt Automotive; James Washburn and Janet Washburn (in front of him), Happy Wallet Quality Auto Repair; seated is Dan Martin of George & Sons Towing and his daughter; and back right is Mike Brasile, Sales Director of NAPA Auto Parts-Sunbelt Automotive and William Csogi of Anchor Rode Automotive and President of Southwest Florida NAPA Auto Care Centers. Taking picture is Catherine Latimer, CEO of Teddy Bears for the Troops and co-owner of Latimer Automotive.

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