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Rebels Giving To The Community - Part Two

March 26, 2008

LAS VEGAS - This spring the UNLV women's soccer coaching staff asked asked each class to come up with a community service event for the whole team to participate in.

We've already seen a report from the sophomore class on participating in Nevada Reading Week. We now present a report from the junior class, as written by Haley Partridge.

Haley Partridge

For the junior's volunteer service, we decided to put together Easter baskets for some troops currently serving in South Korea. We thought this would be a nice project because most of these soldiers are overseas alone without spouses or children. And that can be really tough, especially during the holidays.

My brother, Tyler Partridge, was our contact and is the platoon leader for 25 other soldiers. He and the 25 others are all CH-47 Chinook helicopter pilots who have been well-trained to defend against North Korean forces should it become necessary. Most of the time, however, is dedicated to their jobs on base and flying their beloved aircrafts.

Tyler and each of his troops received a personalized Easter basket filled with lots of candy, games, silly toys, personalized cards and drawings, and a picture of our team. Brie and I had a lot of fun putting this project together because overall, it will put a smile on someone's face. It shows them that people back in the U.S. often think of them and care about their well-being, and importantly, appreciate all they do each and every day to serve our country.

So, a big thanks to all the other troops out there who are currently serving or have served in the past! Your strength, hard work, and dedication are incredible! Happy Easter!



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