ZIONSVILE, IN – Newly formed Cub Scout Pack 105 today shipped 105 care packages as holiday gifts to Indiana National Guard soldiers currently deployed in Afghanistan. The care packages assembled by the over 100 Cub Scouts that make up Pack 105 at Union Elementary School in Zionsville contain snacks, magazines, books, and personal care items. Each Scout also included a handwritten note of gratitude for the soldiers’ service.
The personal notes contained the following message followed by the Scouts’ own written expressions of thanks:
“This care package is given by a very special Scout. Not only has this elementary school-aged boy assembled the enclosed items to express his thanks for your brave service to our country, he has also given his own hard-earned rewards from popcorn sales to help soldiers and their families at home. He and his fellow Cub Scouts of Pack 105 in Zionsville, Indiana, are the first in America to do this – and the result of their collective effort was over $3,000 to the Homes for Wounded Warriors Project and the Indiana Guard Family Relief Fund. Enjoy these treats. Be safe. And know that Scouts back home are doing their best to support your families, too!”
“I want to thank the young men of Cub Scout Pack 105 in Zionsville for providing acare packages for our soldiers,” said Major General Umbarger of the Indiana National Guard. “We can be just as proud of them as we are of those that have answered the call to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.”
On the night the Scouts assembled the care packages, long-time Zionsville resident and World War II veteran, Floyd Schultz, shared stories about his experiences on D-Day and at the Battle of the Buldge. Schultz thanked the Scouts for their service to others and told them how very special it is for soldiers overseas to receive care packages from home.
“Schultzy is a true American hero and a living legacy of the Greatest Generation,” said Pack 105 Cubmaster, Tom Sugar. “Our mission in Pack 105 is to partner with our parents to help build better boys and good men who can become the next great generation for our country.”