Waterloo Rotarians sent lots of love to our troops in Afghanistan last week. Using glitter, glue, stickers, construction paper, doilies and markers the Rotarians fashioned Valentines for members of C Company, 214 Infantry from Ft. Drum. The 42 men and women are expected to be the last troops deployed to Afghanistan.
It is the third year the Rotarians have created Valentines for the troops. American Red Cross in the Finger Lakes sends Valentines to men and women in the military deployed throughout the world and to wounded warriors in Texas and at Canandaigua VA hospital. Support of the Armed Forces is one of the primary missions of the Red Cross.
Kathy Sigrist and Bill Velte work on Valentines for the troops.
Rotarian Doris Wolf has adopted C Company. She sends packages to the troops every two weeks. First Sergeant Michael Hester said the men and women appreciate the support they receive from home.
“We received your care packages today and we greatly appreciate them and the time you took to write to us. Thank you! The chips and drink mixes you sent are an oasis in the desert and the magazines will make good reading material on those boring days.
We have been very busy the last couple of weeks. There's been a lot to do. We hit the ground running when we got here to Afghanistan and haven't stopped since.
Left to right, Brad Clouson, Rotary Exchange Student Tiia Rahkonen, Coreen Lowry, Michele Zwick. Waterloo Rotarians create Valentines to send to the troops in Afghanistan.
There are a lot of mountains here and they're pretty high. Ever go skiing and when you get to the top of the mountain off the lift it's a little harder to breathe? It's kind of like that.
We are doing pretty good out here. We have internet and spaware phones to keep in touch with our family and friends back in the States. Pool tables, TVs with lots of movies and video games, ping pong etc. We have a gym too where we can go blow off some steam. Very importantly, hot showers too which we are very lucky to have. And of course we have lots of nice people back home like yourselves who are sending us goodies.”
People who would like to send items to the troops may drop them off at Nugents Hardware to be sent by the Rotarians or at the American Red Cross in the Finger Lakes for a platoon from Fort Drum the Red Cross has adopted.
Waterloo Rotary meets every Monday at 6:30 at the Holiday Inn. New members are always welcome.