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Scouts collect gifts for military

Care packages to be sent overseas

BRISTOL — Wanting to make sure servicemen and women stationed overseas have items they need for the new year as well as gifts, members of Girl Scout Troop 80827 have collected items at events at their school.

Dawn Hochstetler, troop leader with Heather Soltis, said Layla Laslovich, 8, and Portia Robinson, 7, came up with the idea to collect items for care packages as part of “Operation Care and Comfort.”

“The Scouts and children at the school also did letters of thanks and holiday greetings for the service people. There was a mailbox here for any student, mostly in grades kindergarten to fifth, to put a letter in for the military. They wanted to wish the military people happy holidays,” Hochstetler said.

During the winter choir and band concerts, the Scouts set up a display area with boxes to collect items from visitors for the care packages.

Portia, a second-grader, said the troop discussed different ideas to help the military this holiday season and for next year, and the Scouts voted for her idea.

She said she wished the service people she sent letters to a happy and healthy new year.

The “Operation Care and Comfort” will deliver the items, which include health and hygiene items and candy, books and non-perishable food, to be shipped out in early 2020.

Once all the items were collected, the Scouts and troop leaders assembled the care packages that were placed in boxes.

Hochstetler said the girls had fun putting together the mailbox and care packages.

“We knew we would not be able to get all this done before Christmas, but the military people are appreciative whenever they receive letters and gifts,” she said.

Layla said what she liked about the project was how generous people were in giving donations and the children at the school making and writing cards for those protecting the country.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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