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Williams does good for U.S. military

The Support Your Troops program sponsored by Williams News went extremely well during the war in Iraq. Six large boxes packed to the brim with snacks and items of need were shipped to military members in different branches of the service.

These boxes could be sent thanks to many wonderful, very generous Williams residents who brought large quantities of suggested items to the News office where they were packed up and promptly sent off.

The amount paid for postage was considerable due to the large, heavy boxes filled with fun, necessary and tasty items. Thanks go to Kathy and Mike Benham, Robynn Eckel, ESA Sorority, Dorothy Willet and American Legion Cordova Post No. 13 — all of whom made donations to diminish the postage burden.

One of the packages was received by an Apache helicopter pilot in Iraq, and he wrote the following letter in response:

“We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the support that you have shown for your troops. It was a complete surprise, and I was overwhelmed with the contents and the size of the box. It was quickly rummaged through and smaller boxes were made for some infantry guys who are guarding our perimeter. Your source of information was right on. We have been without those goodies that are so prevalent in a free world. This is my fourth long deployment, and it always amazes me how some people are so oblivious to what they take for granted on a daily basis. The cards from the children were a nice touch. As I passed them around and they were read, I heard giggles and saw smiles across many faces. The innocence and concern of such young children really touches people at a level usually untouched.”

Williams, you did good!! Williams residents can always be counted on for their generosity and caring. Since the military is still in Iraq and will be for some time, articles of need and pleasure can still be left off at the News and will be forwarded to grateful recipients. They need to know the town of Williams will never forget them!!

Carol DeLander



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