published Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Donation fills Tunes4Troops shipping debt

Cleveland, Tenn., automobile dealer Larry Hill hands a check for nearly $4,000 to Kaylee Marie Radzyminski Saturday to pay the final shipping costs for her program, Tunes4theTroops.
Cleveland, Tenn., automobile dealer Larry Hill hands a check for nearly $4,000 to Kaylee Marie Radzyminski Saturday to pay the final shipping costs for her program, Tunes4theTroops.
Photo by Randall Higgins.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Automobile dealership owner Larry Hill handed a check for almost $4,000 Saturday to Kaylee Marie Radzyminski, the young woman who started Tunes4theTroops.

Hill’s gift closes out the remaining shipping debt from a six-year project that shipped more than 1 million pieces of music, movies and electronic games to American troops in dangerous places.

Radzyminski, who started Tunes4theTroops as a Cleveland High School freshman, is a junior at Tennessee Technological University.

“Being local, I have been hearing about the campaign and watching what Kaylee has been doing for years now,” Hill said Saturday.

“When I read a few weeks ago she had eclipsed the million CDs and that she was a little short on the shipping, I felt blessed to be able to honor her for honoring our troops,” Hill said.

Radzyminski said the effort continues.

“People can still send their items overseas,” Radzyminski said. “The university will be the middle person. Troops will contact them and say, ‘Hey, we want CDs.’

“The American public can contact the university and say, ‘Hey, I have these DVDs or CDs to donate.’

“I cannot even begin to thank all the people who have been a part of this,” she said. “There’s just not words.”

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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