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Help send care packages to our deployed soldiers

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This is for my daughter's ongoing project, Operation Sweet Support.  (Please like and share her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/operationsweetsupport, for updates!)  She is coordinating community sponsored care packages for our deployed military members from Alaska.  Here's a sample package she built:

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As of 9/18/19, she has already shipped 98 care packages to deployed soldiers this year!!!  Currently, she is gathering supplies for a new round of care packages, which will go to an Alaskan unit deployed in Kosovo.  

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Here is what she wrote:

"Hi! My name is Alaina.  I'm going into 8th grade in the fall, and I am an active girl scout.  I'm collecting donations for my service project!  My service project, Operation Sweet Support, is about sending care packages to our military members deployed overseas.  In 2017, I collected donations and sent ten care packages to two deployed military units.  This year, I'm hoping to send even more care packages to our deployed soldiers. I have already collected 782-boxes of donated cookies for our soldiers from our wonderful community members!  I would love to be able to include these in care packages and ship them ALL to our deployed soldiers, if possible.  I think it would be fun to include other items in the care packages, such as beef jerky, drink mixes, games, toothbrushes, etc. 

I will be using these funds to buy items for the care packages, or to help ship them, as needed.  I can send more packages to our soldiers with more support, so I would be grateful for any help you may offer!  Follow my project updates on my Facebook page under "Operation Sweet Support", or check out my website at www.operationsweetsupport.com 

Thank you so much! Alaina"

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We have spent a tremendous amount of time organizing, shopping for, and preparing care packages to send to our military.  Here is a picture of Alaina preparing hygiene kits for the soldier's packages.  

Truly, a youth project like this would not be possible without community support.  Huge thank you to everyone who has cheered Alaina on, liked her page, shared her story, and are helping spoil our incredible deployed soldiers! 

Here's a fun story on her project:  https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Alaskas-top-selling-girl-scout-takes-on-massive-military-care-package-project-513419581.html?fbclid=IwAR3pKk0gY42GriF61OLefuSuTBO29d_o5TbzwpLaeQWAulf8ilLdKIMpW0M

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Thank you for supporting our deployed soldiers, and our daughter's project!  

Sincerely,

Amy Vik

PS. If you would like to donate via check, just contact me for her troop leader's mailing address.  :)      
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Just wanted to share an update with you in case you're not following the Operation Sweet Support page on Facebook!

Alaina was able to get the 87 care packages mailed out to one of our deployed Alaska National Guard units a few weeks ago. (So a total of 98 packages sent this year!) It was a huge job, but the post office employee that helped us was truly wonderful. Alaina actually met with the unit commander and several others on base who presented her with a special plaque. We have already heard back from a couple of soldiers who have received packages in the Middle East! They are so appreciative and thankful to have the support from our community. Thank you for helping make this possible for our soldiers!!!

We are starting to gather items for another round of care packages for an Alaskan unit deployed in Kosovo. If you are interested in a copy of her current "Care Package Wish List", you can find it on Operation Sweet Support on Facebook, or just send me a message here.

Sincerely,
Amy Vik
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It occured to me that not all of you may be following Operation Sweet Support on Facebook, so you might need an update! :)

So far, Alaina has sent 11 care packages to three different units this summer. She was able to buy supplies (thank you!!!) and collect donated items to create 87 more care packages, which are almost ready to go out. We are currently working on finishing up addresses, customs forms, and shipping logistics for this bundle of boxes. If you have ever sent a military care package overseas, you know this is quite a chore... (imagine 87!!!) She is super excited that every member of this deployed unit will receive their own box. We also put together a special unit gift from our community, as well.

This type of project simply wouldn't happen without a huge team of supporters. Thank you SO much for cheering Alaina on along the way, and helping make this big idea about serving our deployed soldiers become a reality!

Photos attached include the special unit gift, (includes an Alaskan book signed by the author, a huge bag of local coffee, creamer, coffee filters, a US flag, and an Alaska flag) a picture of the stack of assembled care packages that we are preparing for the next shipment, and a behind the scenes look at the assembly line process used to build them. Thank you!!! Amy
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