This is a wonderful story. And yet, perhaps the greatest thing about it is that it is not unusual in any way. Americans have stepped up all over the place.
This morning I received notice that another group, the Reno/Tahoe Branch of the International Food Service Executives (IFSEA) has adopted CPT Patti's company and have been sending stuff every month.
When a local soldier sent a request for help with donations to a Baghdad orphanage, he had no idea how enthusiastically Northern Hills residents would respond.
"He was so surprised," Ernie Nauman of Spearfish said of his son, U.S. Army Captain Scott Nauman who is serving in Baghdad, Iraq. "Then again, given that it was our community that he called upon, it didn't surprise him."
What the 65 Iraqi orphans, newborn to seven-years-old, received were 523 pounds of clothing, toys and necessities collected by Northern Hills churches and individuals in September 2003.
"Almost 2,100 separate items were shipped," said the senior Nauman. "In addition, $700 was donated for shipping."
"The people at the orphanage were overwhelmed with joy," Ernie Nauman said of the delivery of the goods. "The soldiers showed up with suckers ... and 28 boxes of donated articles."