By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Last year and again this year, members of the Lashmeet Ruritan club have been selecting a local soldier who is serving overseas and sending the package to the soldier in time for Christmas. This year, the club received an unusual request. The only thing the soldier wanted was a jar of U.S. soil.
“The soldier, Jordan White, who is serving in Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division, 4-7 Cavalry Unit of the U.S. Army, graduated last year from PikeView High School with my daughter,” Angie Foley, secretary of the Lashmeet Ruritan Club said. “When we asked him what he wanted us to send him in a care package, he said that his unit just wanted a jar of U.S. soil.
“My daughter (Jessica Foley) is in cosmetology school, so she took a bottle, painted it in patriotic colors, filled it with soil, and we included it in the package that we sent,” Foley said.
The club packed several items in the box including toothpaste, batteries, hand warmers, socks, razors, shaving cream, potato chip canisters, microwave shelf dinners, nuts, easy mac, candies, cookies, ramen noodles, pop tarts, tuna snacks packages, crackers, cough drops, slim jims, beef jerky, tide pods, car and fitness magazines and their special request — a jar of U.S. soil, Foley said.
As far as the U.S. soil was concerned, the club went all out and included a second jar of soil in a second package that they sent for White’s unit to enjoy. According to Foley, all of the club members included Christmas cards, and several students provided letters to be included in the box.
“We packed everything with bags of popcorn to use as packing, and so the soldiers could enjoy the popcorn,” Foley said. “Jordan sent us a message on Facebook with photographs on Dec. 17, when he received the package.” Foley said the club was excited to receive feedback from their gift.
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