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Local school kids make special care packages for returning soldiers

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A special homecoming today for some soldiers training at Fort Huachuca.

The soldiers are on “Holiday Block Leave”.

That’s a break that generally starts a week before Christmas and lasts until the week after Christmas.

It’s a time-honored tradition where soldiers and drill sergeants can take a break from basic combat training to spend two weeks with their families before returning to post to start training again.

And today, members from the Saddlebrooke Sunrise Rotary Club greeted the soldiers with a special care package, snacks and notes of appreciation, put together by Marana Elementary School students.

Patti Albaugh, of the Rotary Club, says, “One of our mottos is service above self and on a local level we look for ways to help people and troop support is one of our goals.”

Matthew Medellin, returning to Ft. Huachuca, said, “It helps you around the holidays, like being away from the family, it helps you feel welcome like that some people are thinking about you during the holidays and stuff. We wake up really early and sometimes we miss breakfast so the snacks really help.”

And the soldiers say the handmade cards help them feel connected to the community.


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