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Ogdensburg students adopt soldiers serving in Afghanistan


Ogdensburg Builders Club members are hoping to send a little bit of home to soldiers serving overseas.

The group of seventh-and eighth-graders will be sending boxes of personal care items and other creature comforts to homesick soldiers in a platoon they adopted in Afghanistan for the duration of the soldiers’ deployment.

The club mailed its first box to Afghanistan Thursday.

“It’s good to help someone other than yourself,” seventh-grader Jordan J. Snyder said. “It’s nice to be able to help people who protect you every day. I think it’s a great idea.”

The platoon, called the “Bandits,” was deployed from Fort Drum two months ago. They provide ground support equipment repair by maintaining and repairing heaters, air conditioners, forklifts, fuel pumps, and water purification units at their base in the Paktika Province.

Some soldiers are also are responsible for maintaining electronics and communications at the base.

“They are very important to the base,” advisor Nancy Skelly said. “They are responsible for making sure the place runs smoothly.”

Packages containing items such as hand lotion and granola bars will be sent at least once a month.

Mrs. Skelly said the students will also keep in touch with the soldiers via email.

“It feels good to help others who need more than we do,” seventh-grader Christopher J. Bromley said. “It’s also feels good to give them something familiar from home, especially if they haven’t seen their family in a while.”

Eighth-grader Brittanie L. Jones said the project would be a great way to honor family members serving in the military.

“My uncle served in Operation Desert Shield and my cousin will be inducted into the U.S. Army Reserves Wednesday,” she said. “It really hits home when you know someone in the military.”

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