Saturday, June 26, 2004

Auto ribbons have magnetic appeal



By Lauren Bishop / Enquirer staff writer

The latest way to show you're sticking by U.S. troops overseas is by placing a yellow ribbon on your car. Don't worry about sticky bumper sticker residue on your vehicle, though - the newest "stickers" are magnets.

The yellow loop-shaped magnets - some imprinted with the words "Support our troops" - have been appearing on cars around the Tristate for a few weeks, but until now, they've been hard to come by.

An informal survey of craft, discount and drug stores found that none carried them, but Flaggs USA in Oakley just received a shipment. The store, at 3075 Madison Road, is selling the 4-by-8-inch magnets for $4 each.

"We had a lot of people calling because they could never figure out where they were coming from," says co-owner Peter Kinderman.

Kinderman finally ordered 75 yellow ribbon magnets and 25 red, white and blue ones.

They're going fast: Just a few hours after they arrived Tuesday, he had already sold a dozen. Tom Weilbacher, a mail carrier from Loveland, bought one along with a new flag.

Some area military support groups are also offering the magnets. Laura Seurkamp, the president of the family support group for the Ohio Army National Guard's A Troop, 2-107th Cavalry, orders the magnets from the Internet and sends them to people who make donations to the group. The troop is preparing for deployment to Kosovo.

To make a donation and receive a magnet, send a check for at least $5 made payable to the A Troop Family Support Group and your address to the Ohio Army National Guard, A Troop 2nd Squadron 107th Cavalry, Attn: Steve Sharp/Laura Seurkamp, 4100 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45229-1640.

The Web site dedicated to troops from Clermont County, www.clermontyellowribbon.com, says visitors will soon be able to order the magnets from the site for $6, which includes shipping and two postcards to send to troops. The money will help fund troop-support projects, such as shipping costs for care packages.

E-mail lbishop@enquirer.com




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