Local Cub Scouts send troops overseas Christmas gifts

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While many look forward to spending the holidays with family, others in the Armed Forces will be thousands of miles away going without their loved ones on Christmas.

One of the motto’s to being a Cub Scout is to be “loyal, helpful, and friendly.” Today pack 164 took those words to a whole new level.

With Christmas around the corner most kids have their minds on toys and receiving gifts, but these boys are focused on giving to those who are willing to give all.

“It will make them feel that they have people back home caring about them,” one scout told us. “We wish them the best and make sure they have everything they need.”

“It makes them feel at home to see items that they would normally have here but not have access to where they are,” Major Amanda Villeret said.

With help from Mississippi Project Package, pack 164 put together dozens of feet in tables stacked with snacks, and bathroom supplies, to fill hundreds of boxes for each Mississippi native soldier to have a Christmas present.

“They have on their website a wish list that they’ve gotten from the soldiers on things they want or need,” the Scoutmaster told us. “That’s how we generated these items.”

With every box of goodies also came a handwritten letter personally from every scout thanking each service-member for what they do.

“I wrote stuff about thank you for your service, wishing you love from your country,” Cub Scout Dillon Villeret explained.  “I wrote that stuff because you never know what kind of dangers they could be going through right now.”

But the biggest gift of it all came when each boy got to meet 10 soldiers via FaceTime from the 155th Armor Brigade Combat Team and ask questions on what it’s like fighting for this nation.

The Mississippi National Guard told us this holiday season an estimated 4,000 troops from the state are deployed overseas; this help for them and their families make the holidays a little less tough.

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