Our military personnel make great sacrifices in order to protect our country and others who are less fortunate around the world. They work long hours and spend extended periods of time away from their families to fight for the freedoms that allow us to enjoy the way of life to which we’ve grown accustomed. The Pepin County’s 4-H Teen Leaders, a leadership youth group of 4-H members 7th grade and older, recognize the debt of gratitude we all owe to our troops.
In support of our military, the Pepin County 4-H Teen Leaders members have decided to get involved by sponsoring an “Adopt A Platoon” drive. The platoon we have adopted consists of 30 paratroopers from the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, currently deployed to Iraq. We have a special interest in this specific platoon because one of the soldiers is a Pepin County 4-H alumni. Our group will be sending 3-4 shipments of donated items directly to the platoon in the next nine months.
The Pepin School and Durand-Arkansaw Jr./Sr. High School are participating in this campaign by collecting select product donations from their students and general public to be sent to the soldiers. If other community members or businesses would like to participate, please consider making a monetary donation to show your support and appreciation. Any amount you can share will be used to assist in our shipping costs, with any surplus applied to the purchase of other useful items to be sent directly to the platoon. All donations are tax deductible. Please drop off or mail your donations to the UW-Extension Office, Attn: Pepin County 4-H Teen Leaders, 740 7th Ave. W., PO Box 39, Durand,WI,54736.