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Girl Scouts send packages  to ‘adopted’ military personnel
From left, Paris Wynne, Desiree Clark, Grace Clark, Jasmine Downey and Brooklynne Radabaugh show off items they are assembling for a care package to be sent to a deployed soldier. //Contributed

Girl Scout Troop 50054 is sending smiles overseas. The troop has “adopted” a military troop stationed in Afghanistan.

Each Girl Scout writes to her own soldier and sends ‘comfort and care’ packages. The soldiers write back and share their war experiences, home life, dreams and hopes, and mostly their sincere appreciation.

Some of the letters from the soldiers read, “We have been living in our trucks for more than a month. Local Afghans would bring us food to eat instead of us eating the usual MEs. The package the girl scouts sent was a great, great help through this time. We used all the items in the care package you sent us.”

Still another letter that touched the girl’s hearts read, “When I opened the package up I actually couldn’t stop smiling and wondering how awesome it was to see everything inside. Thanks a lot for the care package. It really brought my morale up a lot.”

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It is letters such as these that inspires the girls to write letters and cards and send as many care packages as they can.

Troop Leader Jeannine said, “I am incredibly proud of each of these young girls for taking the time to purchase thoughtful comfort items, enclose cards and letters and their thanks and well-wishes, and get that package in the mail! The troop would gladly accept item donations and forward them onto our deserved overseas troops. “

To make a donation or for more information, contact Jeannine at jeannine_valdez_gsleader@hotmail.com.

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