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Send Chuck Norris to the troops for Christmas

Although Gen. John Pershing at one point in his fabled military career observed that “the deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle,” Marines and members of the other service branches also are regular people – sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, moms and dads. And it is to honor and support these special Americans that an organization called Give2TheTroops dispatches tons of gifts to members of the U.S. military as a matter of routine.

Founder Andi Grant told WND that while her organization sends treats and gifts year-round, is it during the upcoming Christmas period when soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen sometimes feel the lowest.

“They’re not seeing Christmas trees. Sometimes they can’t even get tinsel or candy canes,” she said.

But there is a solution, at least to the issue of making sure troops know they are remembered, honored and supported: With the help of Chuck Norris and Tyndale House Publishing, the WND Superstore is offering to arrange to send our military copies of “The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book” by Chuck Norris himself – and you can help.

You know Chuck Norris – the actor whose right and left fists are named “Law” and “Order.” The man who was rumored to be dispatched by President Bush to secure the nation’s southern border alone. Who reportedly has a sign on the front of his house warning thieves, “We don’t call 911.” Who in real life is an undefeated world martial arts champion and repeatedly has given of his time and talent to support the nation’s men and women in uniform.

It’s as simple as making a purchase, and the gift will be designated for some special man or woman in service overseas and shipped anonymously, courtesy of you.

Soldiers going through gift boxes dispatched by Give2TheTroops

The book features some of Chuck Norris’ own favorite “facts,” those statements of remarkable accomplishment and attributes assigned to the longtime actor and advocate for the military, such as:

And here’s one you can see “proven” for yourself: “When Chuck Norris does push-ups, he doesn’t push himself up. He pushes the Earth down.”

Norris, who now is a weekly columnist for WorldNetDaily, appears in a video that “demonstrates how he can truly push the earth down!”

The YouTube video notes that permission for the video clip was given by the family of 13-year-old Nickolas (Nick) Yancy Nischan, in whose honor and memory Norris made the tape.

According to the website for the foundation named after Nick, the story of the video is told in the new book.

Children in Afghanistan and Iraq also are recipients of gifts dispatched by Give2TheTroops

Nick’s parents, Tim and Tammy Nischan, write that Nick was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumor at the age of 7, and battled it for more than six years, through multiple surgeries, chemo treatments and relapses.

“He went to school, played football and basketball, and was an active part of our church youth group,” they write. “Unfortunately, the cancer was relentless. Nick endured four more recurrences in the next two and a half years with brief periods of ‘normal, happy’ life in between surgeries. We tried special diets, herbal treatments, and many other alternative medicines along the way, but in August of 2008, Nick’s cancer returned with a vengeance spreading throughout his body and eventually taking him home to his Heavenly Father.

“Not once in the 6 and 1/2 year battle did Nick question his illness or complain of the unfairness he was enduring. Not once did Nick become angry. His peace throughout the battle is a living testimony to the power of God. We pray that his foundation will in some small way return the peace and hope which Nick gave us to the world around us,” they wrote. Norris made the personalized video as an encouragement to Nick.

To get “The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book” sent to a service member by Christmas, orders have to be in by the first part of December.

Grant said the book is delivered anonymously to a member of the service, and that with its levity, fun – and a lot of the values on which the service members base their work – is invaluable.

“It makes [service members] realize not just your family, your coworkers and your neighbors support you, but America supports you,” she said.

The value of the gifts is apparent in the responses from service members to previous shipments of gifts:

The type of entertainment and challenge offered in a book such as “The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book” is important to allow soldiers a mental break from the otherwise 24/7 assignments they face, not knowing when an alarm is going off or a warning is issued that will launch them into action.

The “facts” about Norris are hits on posters (“Chuck Norris did, in fact, build Rome in a day,” and “There is no such thing as global warming; Chuck Norris was cold so he turned the sun up”) as well as on the Internet, and now are the subject of his new book.

Arrange to send your gift of “The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book” to a member of the U.S. military now.

There are some 40,000 of these jokes, er, “facts” floating around the Net.

Chuck Norris’ career began not in movies or television, but rather as a real-life international martial arts star. He was a six-time undefeated World Professional Middleweight Karate Champion, as well as a renowned teacher in the martial arts, with celebrity students including Steve McQueen, Bob Barker, Priscilla Presley and Donnie and Marie Osmond.

He has gone on to found the United Fighting Arts Federation with over 2,300 black belts all over the world. In 1997, Norris achieved another milestone in his life by being the first man in the Western Hemisphere to be awarded an eighth-degree Black Belt Grand Master recognition in the Tae Kwon Do system. This was a first in 4,500 years of tradition.

Norris is also a powerboat racer. In 1991, he and his team won the World Offshore Powerboat championship.

Then he went on to setting a new world record by racing a 38-foot Scarab boat 605 miles across the Great Lakes, from Chicago to Detroit, in 12 hours and 8 minutes.

Arrange to send your gift of “The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book” to a member of the U.S. military now.

Of course, you can buy one for yourself, too.

By the way, the more copies you purchase as gifts, the greater the discount. Get one, two, five, 10 or even more.