Words of caring to a soldier

June 10, 2013 

— What do books, letters, and soldiers have in common? They are all part of the River Hills Lions charity campaigns. Lion Susan Thomas heads a letters-to-soldiers writing campaign.

At a recent Lions breakfast meeting, U.S. Army Sgt. James Triron talked about how important it is to receive letters from the community. He has been a soldier for 11 years and stated that “the letters let us know that someone back home is thinking of us.”

While home between deployments, he was present at the May Lions Roaring Readers book distribution at Kinard Elementary School, where his son attends kindergarten. Children of parents in the military often have a hard time when their parents are deployed, he said.

Triron stated that “if only for a little while, kids can escape through reading.” The reading program provides children with an outlet to escape into a story, he said, while the letters from the community provide soldiers with the knowledge that people care about their service, as well as the sacrifices that their families make when they are deployed.

People who are interested in sending letters to local soldiers can visit the River Hills Lions website for more information at riverhillslions.org.

Submitted by Morgan Lombardo

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