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Members of the U.S. Army’s Alpha Battery, 2-20 Field Artillery unit, at an “undisclosed location,” hold up red and white Hall Red Devil beach balls they had just received in a care package from Spring Valley. Submitted photo
A care package from Hall basketball supporters mailed from Spring Valley was well received by an Army artillery platoon overseas.
Army artillery veteran and Hall High varsity assistant coach Cody Burroughs of Seatonville said he keeps in touch with one of his buddies from the unit, SFC Theodore McNatt, and he had just sent four care packages to the soldiers last week. The packages were filled with supplies and snacks, plus Hall Red Devil beach balls, thanks to donations from many, including Hall players and Burroughs' State Farm staff.
He said when he and McNatt were in Iraq for 15 months in 2008 and ’09, it usually took 20-28 days for packages to arrive from the United States.
He said he wasn’t sure why the packages traveled so quickly. The balls each carry the words, “It’s a Great Day to be a Red Devil,” and they were donated by Hall basketball parent Shannon Urbanski.
Burroughs and his wife as well as varsity coach Mike Filippini and his wife also donated items for the soldiers. McNatt wrote back to Burroughs and Burroughs’ insurance office to thank them and the Red Devils for the donations.
“Getting mail is one of the biggest morale boosters that we get on deployment. Go Red DEVILS! WolfPack 17, out!” McNatt wrote back.
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