For the second consecutive year, the Briarcliff Cub Scout Pack 6 organized a holiday gift and card collection for U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan, Scout leaders said.
The collection took place at the November Pack Meeting at Todd Elementary School this week. The Cub Scouts (see below) boxed up their donations this week so the gifts would reach the troops in time for Hanukkah, which begins Dec. 1, and Christmas.
The pack was assisted by Dr. Bonnie Eilen and her husband Eric Eilen of White Plains, who are part of “Operation Support Our Troops.” The Eilens have been organizing holiday gift packages for troops since 2002, the year their daughter graduated from West Point, and have remained involved in this project.
The boys of Briarcliff Pack 6 were very enthusiastic about creating holiday cards for the soldiers and packing the gifts, troop leaders reported. The table of donated gifts including socks, towels, power bars, tuna fish packets, DVDs, holiday treats and ornaments. The scouts got to meet Eric Eilen and he told them how appreciative the soldiers are of the annual gifts.
Each boy decorated a card and wished a soldier happy holidays and thanked them for their service. The gifts will be boxed individually as Hanukkah boxes and Christmas stockings and mailed directly to a soldier.
(Photos by Scott Eaton of Briarcliff Manor)