ALBERT LEA, Minn. - Last year, the Freeborn County department leaders had a competition to send care packages to deployed soldiers.
This year, they want to continue the competition but also invite everyone to join.
“It’s a way to give back,” said Ron Reule Freeborn County Veterans Service Officer.
It’s part of the 4-H experience, and they tell KIMT it’s a way to give back to the community, even if the community member isn’t here.
Ron Reule is also a retired Sergeant Major. He tells KIMT that just getting a magazine or newspaper means a lot.
“Being overseas you don’t get to keep up with what’s going on at home,” said Reule.
They want to collect and send the items before November 11th, which is Veterans Day.
Some items you can send vary from gum/hard candy to newspaper and cards.
You can also send a card or letter thanking the troops for their service.
You can drop the items at the Veterans Service Office and they will ship the donated packages to servicemen and women.