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Hoosier Companies Contribute to “Adopt a Platoon”

Some of the thousands of American troops in Afghanistan will be remembered this Christmas.

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Soldiers in Afghanistan will be receiving care packages from Hoosiers they've never met.

Some of the thousands of American troops in Afghanistan will be remembered this Christmas. The nonprofit group “Adopt a Platoon” has launched “Operation Holiday Eagle,” encouraging interested donors to gather up Christmas care packages for soldiers deployed overseas. Indianapolis-based F-A Wilhelm Construction is among the Hoosier groups taking part. The company raised two-thousand dollars in donations to assemble 20 gift boxes and stockings for an unnamed platoon on deployment. Human resources manager Debbie Gee said troops are receiving individual stockings as well as gift boxes.

“They have candy and games and cards and little goofy, silly stuff,” she said.  “And then the individual care packets have a blanket, t-shirts, toiletries, magazines, calendars and then in the food boxes we’ve got a variety of snack foods, candy.

The company is also sending a separate bag for the entire platoon, with a small Christmas tree and an assortment of footballs, dartboards, and other toys to keep them occupied during downtime.

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