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Cabell Clerk's Office sends gift packages to soldiers

Nov. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The desire for something a bit different will soon lead to three West Virginia soldiers receiving a box of holiday joy from the Cabell County Circuit Clerk's Office.

Staff members accustomed to buying for their traditional, office gift exchange decided this year they'd rather buy for an American soldier fighting overseas. The office initially planned on filling one box, but momentum grew a point of needing every square inch of three boxes, said office manager Fay Allen.

"It's a very good feeling to do this," she said. "Most of us in here have had family members or friends in the military, and we respect those people, thank them and appreciate what they do every day for us."

The care packages include a mix of magazines, books, movies, hygiene supplies, food, candy and a bag of sauces from Taco Bell. Allen said the sauce packets were listed among favorite gifts from home.

The boxes will be addressed to "any soldier" and/or "any marine" in Afghanistan. Allen said not knowing a specific soldier, staff members opted for such an address to ensure someone, preferably a West Virginian, benefited from its contents.

"If we name it, send it to so and so, and he's not there or something terrible happened to him, we'd like for it to arrive and somebody gets a package," she said.

Personal donations from Circuit Clerk Jeff Hood and his staff members funded the gift boxes.

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