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Volunteers Pack ‘Skyfall’ for Troops

12 Feb, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

VAN NUYS, Calif. — Carolyn Blashek, founder and president of Operation Gratitude, is used to asking for donations for the nearly 1 million military care packages the nonprofit has shipped out.

This time around, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment came to her.

“They said they wanted to do something, and really, what better DVD than Skyfall to send to the troops?” she said Feb. 12, as more than 100 volunteers packed the DVD in with toiletries, books and other gifts. “It’s exciting to get this many volunteers. It sends a message to the troops that they’re loved.”

Haig Basmajian, a retired Army veteran, was one of the volunteers packing the 7,000 copies of Skyfall into care packages, while the movie soundtrack played in the background at the Army National Guard armory.

“I enjoy doing this, especially being a veteran,” he said. “We’re here to show support, and let the troops know they haven’t been forgotten.”

Outside, volunteers took a break to rev the engine of a Skyfall wrapped and branded Aston Martin, a fleet of which are transporting fans and fashionistas around New York during New York Fashion Week.

The Feb. 12 DVD release of Skyfall, the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, includes several featurettes, including ones covering the women, locations and title sequence of the film.

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