December 25, 2008

Slim Jims for soliders

A little taste of North Dakota made its way to Iraq in December proving that their fellow countrymen have not forgotten the U.S. soldiers on duty in Iraq.

Part of a "Gifts for Soldiers" project, the Beulah High School FFA meats processing class made 69 pounds of Slim Jims for U.S. soldiers spending Christmas in Iraq.

FFA instructor Keith Bohn said the project was a joint effort and wouldn’t have been possible without area businesses that opened their hearts as well as their pocketbooks, donating meat and packaging products for the cause. Donating meat were Bronson’s Super Valu, Beulah; Krause’s Super Valu, Hazen; Hazen Meats, and Quality Meat and Seafood, Fargo. Pamida, Beulah, donated a portion of the packaging materials. The balance of materials as well as all of the labor was donated by the Beulah FFA.

Bohn said the project was a win-win for all involved.

"They say it helps students’ self esteem to do something good so here we could help the students and the soldiers at the same time," Bohn said.

Bohn first heard about the "Gifts for Soldier" project from a flyer placed at his church by local project coordinator Michael Richter, Hazen. The project was not a church project but the church was encouraging of it.

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