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Fundraiser on Saturday aids care package effort
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Forsyth County News

If you're going
* What: Pinups for Soldiers
* When: Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m.
* Where: Coo Coo's Nest, 1920 Freedom Pkwy.
* Online: www.pinupsforsoldiers.org

Some modern pinup models offer more than just a pretty photo for troops.

Through the nonprofit Pinups for Soldiers, the women also gather donations and put together care packages to send to units in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Each year, the Loganville-based organization puts together a calendar filled with classic pinup style photos, which are sold in the states to raise money for the care packages.

A few calendars make their way across the Atlantic to the soldiers too.

On Saturday, some of the models will visit the Coo Coo's Nest in Cumming to raise funds for their next calendar and the upcoming Easter care packages.

In full 1950s makeup, hair and dresses, the volunteer models will sell calendars and raffle tickets for prizes, said Pinups for Soldiers co-founder Danielle Camp.

"We're just trying to get our name out there and raise some money so we can continue to do what we're doing," she said.

The nonprofit began last year with Camp and friend Dena Stahl, an Army wife whose husband was deployed.

Camp, who also does photography for the group, took some pinup photos of Stahl, and the organization "evolved from there," she said.

The group has grown quickly, Camp said, especially online. People from areas outside of Georgia have also sent in monetary and care package donations.

"It's touching to see," Camp said. "There are people who want to do something that don't know how. For us, we'll take a dollar, we'll take a donated item."

The organization has three units overseas it supports.

"They're very appreciative," Camp said. "I've been sad to learn that there are a few people over there who don't have friends or family to send them anything. That's disappointing because they sacrifice so much."