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01/07/03

Area Groups Help Southern Smiles

Almost any soldier will tell you they look forward to getting care packages when they are deployed. One group's making sure the troops know we're thinking of them, with goody bags for the soldiers going overseas.

"Some of the flights are up to 30 hours," notes Lt. Claire McClusky of Southern Smiles.

If you would like to help donate your time or money, call 912.356.9981 and ask for Southern Smiles during daytime business hours or log on to www.southernsmiles.org. The organization's tax ID is 36-4503657, and its mailing address is PO Box 15933, Savannah, GA 31416.

So, appropriately the boys from Benedictine Military School are helping Southern Smiles make that journey a little sweeter.

"These boys have the never-ending energy it takes to make 500 bags," said McClusky.

"Anything we can do to help is something we feel special about," Jack Holland, Junior ROTC at Benedictine, said.

Southern Smiles is getting the ball rolling, inspiring groups all over to help them help the troops. Goody bags aren't the only things these soldiers will receive. Some will have packages waiting for them.

"We agreed to adopt, if you will, 40 MPOs that are deployed," said Chief David Lyons of the Garden City Police Department. The department is also helping Southern Smiles by making special care packages, thanks to donations from all over the community.

"There's two things that affect morale of the deployed soldiers, that's good food and mail call," said Lyons.

So, socks, Scope, soap, potato chips, and toothpaste will all be sent along with some personal items Chief Lyons knows the soldiers like this, because his son is in Saudi Arabia right now.

"We started sending packages to him and we enclosed a roll of toilet paper, and it quickly became the item of choice," he told us.

If you would like to help donate your time or money, call 912.356.9981 and ask for Southern Smiles during daytime business hours or log on to www.southernsmiles.org. The organization's tax ID is 36-4503657, and its mailing address is PO Box 15933, Savannah, GA 31416.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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