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Record year for local Operation Minnesota Nice

To the Editor:
Linda Krueger, Colleen Benjamin and LaDonna Stuber want to thank everyone who helped make it possible this holiday season to send out 207 soldier care packages through Operation Minnesota Nice. Last year’s total was 166, and this year more family, friends, surrounding communities, churches, organizations and businesses — all too many to mention — generously donated time, items and money. We also received donations and packing help from a few local church youth groups.
Linda, Colleen and LaDonna smiled as they quoted “Can’t thank The McLeod Chronicle/Lori enough!”
Linda mentioned how this year it was a little more stressful packaging as the ladies worked with five different units at one time. Some were in extreme hot weather, while others had cold nights and lived in tents. They had to send the right items to the units, all having different needs. The undisclosed areas where some of the soldiers were was so secret they only got code names for the packages, or had to send them to one person in the unit, such as a chaplain or a lieutenant colonel.
They packed an extra month as they had extra items to send and they had just received new names from units in Turkey and Bahrain, which they want to send a few packages to these soldiers before retiring for the year.
Krueger and helpers are all so once again overwhelmed at how generous people can be, especially during the holidays when everyone is so busy buying gifts for their families! Operation Minnesota Nice/ Supporting our Troops “Making a Difference, One Package at a Time!” Thank you!
Card of thanks that was received:
“Many thanks for your generous gifts. They were much enjoyed by myself and my soldiers. Your kind words and gifts made the Christmas season easier to cope with being far away from family and friends. Here at FOB Fenty, we know we are not forgotten by the kind people of Glencoe and other communities in Minnesota. Again, many thanks for all of your prayers and packages. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year! Stay warm in Minnesota. I grew up in Boston and went to college in Vermont, but neither compare to a Minnesota winter! My warmest thank you,” Mark.
Operation Minnesota Nice
Linda Krueger, Colleen Benjamin and LaDonna Stuber