Two girls on a Mission: Friends collecting funds, items for overseas soldiers | News

Two friends from McDowell County are on a mission to bring a smile to the faces of soldiers serving in foreign countries.

Kaylynn Henry and Anna Miller are both in the third grade at different schools. Henry goes to Marion Elementary and Miller goes to P.G. They cheer together at Tumblemania and have become good friends over the past few years.

Now, they are teaming up to serve others by collecting Quarters for Country and care package items to send to the military. Henry’s brother is in the Navy, and is scheduled to be deployed in the fall. Miller also comes from a military family. Their mother Melody said it’s heartbreaking to know some soldiers don’t get anything in the mail from anyone.

“I would send packages to one of (my son’s) roommate who was serving in Iraq, and he would distribute what we send to those who never got anything,” said Melody. “I encourage the girls to write cards all the time and we think it’s important they learn to serve others.”

They are looking to collect items such as unscented soap, baby wipes, deodorant, socks, beef jerky, candy or just a homemade card. Quarters that are collected will help fund the packages sent through the post office, which costs $17.95 per large box. Everything collected from the drive will be donated to Walking Miles in their Boots of Marion. Donations will be collected through the end of May.

“These young men and women work hard every day, often long hours without downtime. Many are serving in foreign countries where they do not have much, if any, contact with family or friends, or the opportunity to purchase simple everyday living products,” a news release about the mission said.

Both schools are supporting the girls in their quest to raise funds and items for soldiers, and donations are being accepted at Marion Elementary and P.G. Donation…

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