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Your official moment of “Awwwww…”

posted at 9:54 pm on April 12, 2010 by

Let’s face it, these are the times that try conservative souls.  Health-care ‘reform’ is now the law of the land, the president who gets to pick our next Supreme Court justice keeps bowing to foreign leaders, Kathleen Parker has impressed enough liberals to win a Pulitzer and major fast food chains are trying to kill us all.

At times like this, we need a thermonuclear palate cleanser. The Daisy Scouts have heard your cries, and they deliver:

The Hampden Daisy Troop consists of a dozen 6- and 7-year-old girls who are in first grade at the Earl C. McGraw School. Only five could make it Friday night, however, because of a flu bug that’s been going around, according to Bonnie Quesnel, one of the troop mothers.

Quesnel said the group checked with the airport and troop greeters and was told they needed to bring at least 350 boxes because troop flights range from 150 to 350 passengers. The group, with the help of many supporters, raised enough money to buy 460 boxes of the top three selling Girl Scout Cookie varieties — Peanut Butter Patties, Thin Mints and Caramel deLites, formerly called Samoas.

Jill Cramm, another troop mother, said the idea for the project came to her after she saw, “The Way We Get By,” a documentary about the troop greeters who work out of BIA.

“We watched it as a family and I really got to thinking, ‘What can we do to help the troop greeters?’” Cramm said.

If you haven’t seen the trailer for “The Way We Get By,” grab your tissues and watch it here. The people of Bangor, Maine have greeted every plane full of American soldiers since the first Gulf War and they recently greeted their millionth soldier. These volunteers provide snacks, cell phones and hugs to the men and women who serve our country in the military. And, as this story shows, they’ve inspired younger generations to follow in their footsteps.

The news of late can be discouraging, but there are green shoots like this that let you know there’s hope for the future. And yes, the Maine Troop Greeters take donations.

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Awww indeed. Thanks, Slublog!

Rosmerta on April 12, 2010 at 10:41 PM

It would be nice if this got to the Frontpage!

juanito on April 13, 2010 at 6:11 PM