Scouts welcome veterans home


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Big Walnut Girl Scouts Troop 2596 welcomed back Honor Flight veterans at Port Columbus. Pictured (left to right) are Faith Kline, Julianna Maynard, Simone Huff, Emmajean Peiffer, an active-duty soldier, Gina Zappia, Kaleigh Heller, Karlina Murnieks and Danielle Maynard.


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Big Walnut Junior Girl Scouts Troop 2596 has been busy showing the girls have heart.

They made signs and traveled to Port Columbus International Airport to welcome veterans back from Honor Flight.

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. They transport veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at their memorials.

The troop also donated 17 pounds of trick-or-treat candy to Operation Gratitude.

Operation Gratitude annually sends more than 150,000 care packages with snacks, entertainment, hygiene, hand-made items and personal letters of appreciation to military recruits, veterans, first responders, wounded warriors, caregivers and active-duty service members deployed overseas. The organization’s mission is to lift the spirits and meet the needs of active-duty and veteran communities.

Troop 2596 also donated $250 to Heifer International and the funds were matched for a total donation of $500. Heifer International’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Heifer is currently working in more than 30 countries, including the U.S., to help families and communities become more self-reliant.

The troop’s donation will help empower small dairy producers to move beyond subsistence toward sustainable livelihoods. Farmers receive training and resources to increase milk productivity on their farms; advance gender equity for women farmers; improve technology for collecting, preserving and transporting milk to the marketplace; and develop sustainable collection hubs.

Big Walnut Girl Scouts Troop 2596 welcomed back Honor Flight veterans at Port Columbus. Pictured (left to right) are Faith Kline, Julianna Maynard, Simone Huff, Emmajean Peiffer, an active-duty soldier, Gina Zappia, Kaleigh Heller, Karlina Murnieks and Danielle Maynard.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2015/12/web1_Troop-2596-Honor-Flight-2015.jpgBig Walnut Girl Scouts Troop 2596 welcomed back Honor Flight veterans at Port Columbus. Pictured (left to right) are Faith Kline, Julianna Maynard, Simone Huff, Emmajean Peiffer, an active-duty soldier, Gina Zappia, Kaleigh Heller, Karlina Murnieks and Danielle Maynard. Courtesy photo

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Information for this story was provided by Jeanna Burrell.

Information for this story was provided by Jeanna Burrell.