By Laura Galbraith
Although Memorial Day has passed and the Fourth of July still is weeks away, the patriotic fever in Chattanooga lingers.
A crowd of people, including Sea Cadets, volunteers and Navy personnel from the USS Tennessee, gathered today outside the Best Buy on Gunbarrel Road to help bring in donations for Tunes 4 the Troops.
Kaylee Marie Radzyminski, 17, a recent graduate of Cleveland High School, started Tunes 4 the Troops in 2005.
“We collect CDs, DVDs and books on CDs for the troops overseas,” she said.
Miss Radzyminski said those involved with the program, which has garnered national attention over the years, have sent about 500,000 items to deployed military personnel.
Her goal is to deliver 750,000 items overseas by 2010.
“The more stuff that we get in, the more we can send overseas and in turn give back to them when they’ve given so much to us,” she said.