Challenger Homes, a Colorado Springs-based homebuilding company owned by former mayoral candidate Brian Bahr, is sponsoring a USO Christmas party for more than 1,000 troops and their families Saturday.
In addition to buying Christmas dinner and presents for all the children at the party, Challenger is handing out teddy bears with specially recorded messages for the families of deployed soldiers.
“Deployed soldiers have recorded messages to spouses and children,” a press release states. “Those recordings have been placed inside stuffed teddy bears and those bears will be distributed to over 200 Fort Carson families.”
The teddy bears are a “tangible reminder of an absent parent’s love this Christmas season,” Todd Anderson, president of Challenger Homes, is quoted as saying.
Phil Martinez, program director for the Rocky Mountain USO, thanked Challenger Homes for sponsoring the 2011 USO Christmas party.
“We could not do this without you,” he said in a statement. “Thank you for your support of the troops and the Rocky Mountain USO.”