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Scouts donate packages to soldiers

SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Members of Girl Scout Troop 45060 brought two cars full of supplies and cookies to Camp Courage earlier this month. The supplies were packed into care packages, which were sent to soldiers stationed all over the world.U.S. troops across the globe are smiling this week after receiving special care packages from Tigard Girl Scouts.

Troop 45060, a group of six elementary-school aged girls from across the city, met earlier this month to send more than 100 care package to soldiers serving in the U.S. military.

“We packed boxes for troops overseas so they can have something to use and snacks for when they are out at sea, or away from home,” said student Deja Fitzwater.

Troop leader Margaret Houston said she has tried to instill in her girls the importance of giving back.

“We try to pick something different every year so the girls can see how many needs there are out there,” Houston said. “Everybody needs help with something.”

A few years ago, the troop donated money to Tualatin’s Oregon Dog Rescue.

The troop used profits from cookie sales to purchase necessities for soldiers.

The care packages were sent by Gresham nonprofit Camp Courage. The girls met at a Camp Courage facility on Hunziker Road to pack the boxes on April 9.

Two of those packages were sent to siblings of troop members.

Abigail McNatt, 11, got to send a package to her brother, a marine based in North Carolina.

“She was so excited about it,” her mother, Jill McNatt said.

The girls put together 106 care packages, which included everything from toilet paper to magazines and, of course, Girl Scout cookies. The students were able to donate 680 boxes of cookies and more than $1,000 in items purchased form the Dollar Store.

“It took two SUVs to deliver everything,” Houston said.

Jillian Sonne, 10, said it was important for her troop to do its part.

“It shows that we care about them,” she said. “You’re helping people and I like helping people.”