Troops supported by region's generosity

To The editor: On Nov. 11, 2007, the Willsboro United Methodist Church held their third annual Veterans Day Appreciation Program and Dinner for Willsboro/Reber Veterans and their guest. Veterans from all wars from World War II forward and peacetime Veterans were present from all branches of service. At that time a free will offering was collected during the program to purchase items to send to veterans currently serving in Iraq. I am proud to say that $360 was collected from the attending veterans. The Security Forces Unit of the Vermont Air National Guard were selected to receive items purchased with this money as they were known to our guest speaker of the event, Senior Master Sergeant Dwight D. Rolston, the Avionics Superintendent of the 158th FW Vermont Air National Guard. On Jan. 2, 2008, Barbara Feeley and myself, co-chairs of the Veterans Day event, went to Wal-Mart to purchase suggested items for the troops. We had a full shopping cart, and you know how big their carts are. When we got to the register, we were watching our accumulating balance closely. When it became apparent that we were coming close to the amount, we removed three large items from our purchases. During the course of checking out, we were telling our cashier about our event, and where these items were headed. To our heartwarming surprise, she advised us that if we returned to the Wal-Mart's service desk the next day, the items we had removed from our purchases would be there and paid for by her in order that they could be included in the box we were sending to Iraq. Well, Barbara Feeley returned to find that not only had Wal-Mart employee Mary Mahan paid for those items, but she had collected additional funds from her Wal-Mart co-employees to include in any future items we send. May God bless our troops and their families, and may God bless our generous veterans and Mary Mahan and her contributing Wal-Mart employees. The North Country is very aware of the sacrifices our soldiers and their families continue to make for our country, and we are very grateful. I also wish to thank the Willsboro UMC After School Children for packing the box and for the assistance of the Willsboro Postmaster Christine Benedict for her helpfulness in getting this mailed to our troops. Barbara Paye

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