Wednesday, June 02, 2004


What a great story. Kids writing to a Soldier they didn't know...and the Soldier traveling from Chicago to Charlotte just to say thanks.

Wow, there are some good people in this world!
A veteran of the Iraqi war visited some special pen pals Tuesday at Southwest Middle School in Charlotte.

Army reservist Arthurine Jones, 47, of Chicago, made a promise to come see Southwest sixth-graders who wrote letters to her during her yearlong deployment.

Students wrote more than 100 letters to Jones, and she shared them with the rest of her unit, the 308th Civil Affairs Brigade.

She kept all of the letters, too, and brought them to Charlotte with her...

Jones said the letters got her through some tough times away from friends and family.

"It meant a lot to me," she said. "And I had never met the children before, and that's what really made it special."

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