Child Development Center Sends Thanks to Troops

Posted: November 16, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Shortly after Shannon Pillon, teacher assistant at George Mason’s Child Development Center, got married this summer, her husband was deployed to Iraq.

Hearing from him that some of his fellow soldiers could use cheering up, Pillon thought it would be a nice project for the children at the center to make cards and care packages to send to the 33 men of 3/1 Lima Company, 2nd Platoon, who conduct patrols along the Syrian border.

Before she knew it, the project had blossomed, and not only the children but also their parents began writing cards and letters and sending in items for gift bags. The items were collected, along with a banner reading “Thanks for Going the Extra Mile,” and shipped to Iraq last Saturday.

Says Tina Morris, director of the center, “It’s a good thing for the soldiers’ morale, and it’s been good for our morale here, too.”

Children and teachers at Child Development Center
Children and teachers at Child Development Center show off the poster they made for troops in Iraq. Shannon Pillon, far left, came up with the idea for the project.
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