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Letter to the editor

Thanks for supporting local troops

December 01, 2010 - Dear Editor,

On behalf of the West Point Parents' graduate network, I want to thank the many people who participated in creating cards and letters to send to our soldiers.

The grad group met to pack 200 Christmas stockings to send to our soldiers in Afghanistan. They were collecting "boodle," the Army term for supplies/goodies, to go inside the stockings. They were also hoping to include personal cards and letters of appreciation.

The word spread and I received over 350 cards, letters, and drawings. I want to thank the following organizations for their contribution: Independence Elementary Daisy Troop 74061, first grade; Brownie Troop 70160, second grade; Brownie Troop 70167, third grade; parishioners of St. Daniel Catholic Church; seventh and eighth grade students from St. Mary's school in Mt. Clemens; my Thursday night Bunco group; McGregor Elementary of Rochester third grade students; Danielle Fuller and Clarkston High School's Military History Club; and the many other students from CHS. I wish to also thank the St. Daniel Wednesday afternoon bible study group for their generous donations as well.

It truly warms my heart that so many people care. The beautiful cards you made and the heartfelt notes you wrote mean so much to the men and women who are away from home and their families. You participated in a wonderful activity that shows care and support.

As one soldier wrote in response to a previous show of kindness, "Many of us know the importance of the support and prayers from back home.

Taking the time to show that support helps keep the morale of the soldiers up when times get tough."

Thank you!

Sandy Kolano

Independence Township

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