| Students send Holiday cheer
A table full of candy is a kid's dream but this table isn't set for the little ones.
It's for the Airmen of the 148th Air National Guard Fighter Wing who are serving overseas.
These little candy filled care packages are the idea of Sandy Franke whose husband served in Viet Nam.
"He told me a 14 year old girl sent him a letter once when he was there and it meant so much."
The kids from Cloquet's Churchill School also enclose letters in their packages.
There are also plenty more memories of home in the plastic baggies.
"There's candy, beef jerky and Chapstick. We heard Chapstick was an item in great demand."
Sue Hanson's nephew is in the 148th and all the holiday goodies will be sent to him.
He'll pull a little extra duty to give the treats to his comrades along with this heartfelt message:
"Merry Christmas, 148th!"
In Cloquet, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.
Many members of the 148th Fighter Wing are serving at several undisclosed locations overseas this holiday season.
Article source: http://www.NorthlandsNewsCenter.com/
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