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Ketchikan has a big heart
By LeAnn Pickard


March 15, 2011
Tuesday AM

On Saturday, March 12th, I saw some pretty amazing things.

I am the ambassador to Alaska for Adopt A U. S. Soldier and this last Saturday, the VFW and Plaza donated their time, energy and the postage to send out THIRTY TWO (32) large, flat rate mail boxes to our troops overseas. I was not expecting such a turn out and could not have done it without help from Travis Martin and Kelly Ellis. I was absolutely humbled to see the outpouring of support for our brave men and women who fight every day for our freedoms.

People donated candy, cookies, hygiene supplies, game books, baseballs, travel size board games, and many other comforts of home. One supporter donated boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, another one donated boxes of candy canes! This may not sound like much to you and I, but the majority of those boxes went to a remotely located platoon who have no access to an exchange and only receive mail twice a month. There is also no internet service of any kind. Imagine being in that situation and all of a sudden - over 2 dozen boxes arrive filled to the brim with goodies and flags colored by our very talented young artists here in Ketchikan to help brighten their day.

Thank you Ketchikan, and a special thanks to the VFW and Plaza for making it possible!!

If you would like to learn more about Adopt a U. S. Soldier, you can visit or you may call me at (907) 254-3133.


LeAnn Pickard
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Supporter of our troops!"

Received March 14, 2011 - Published March 15, 2011


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