By TAYLOR HARTZ
Holiday packages will make their way from Southington to Kosovo this season, packed by local Boy Scout Troop 33.
More than 100 soldiers from a Connecticut based troop will receive boxes full of toiletries, snacks, basic medical supplies, and stuffed animals to distribute to local children.
On Dec. 17, 30 Boy Scouts ages 6 to 11-years-old, spent the evening packaging the supplies for the troops who were just deployed the European country this fall.
Three members of the Southington American Legion, all veterans of the U.S. Army, spoke to the scouts about their service, and why packages like these mean so much to troops overseas.
The scouts were given the opportunity to ask questions, and share stories of their parents’ and grandparents’ military service.
“It’s important to send these because they do not have the comforts of home,” said Brian Dunne, a parent of one of the scouts, “and it is a great moral booster for them.”
Split into two groups, half of the scouts busily packed boxes while the other half made holiday-themed cards for each soldier.
The project was sponsored by several local businesses, with items donated from Reverse Solutions, Southington Veterinary Associates, The Music Shop, The Karate Place, Ford Pharmacy, and Plantsville’s Home Depot.
“This teaches the scouts to come together to help others and to help them recognize the sacrifice these men and women make for our country,” said Dunne.
Photos by CATHERINE BOYCE
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