Girl Scouts Give 731 Books to USO/United Through Reading Library at BWI Airport

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Without books to read, the USO/United Through Reading Military Program wouldn’t last a day.

That’s why huge kudos are in order for two Girl Scouts who received their Silver Awards recently after collecting 731 books for the United Through Reading library at the USO inside the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The program – which the USO facilitates around the world – lets troops record themselves reading books aloud to their kids and then send a copy of that reading home to their family.

Girl Scouts Grace Kinnear and Maeve Hall hosted a lemonade stand, asked for donations at their school book fair and even solicited support from local businesses in order to meet their goal.

Grace’s grandfather, Jim Kinnear, was a motivating force behind the project. The girls were introduced to USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore through Jim’s work as a volunteer and were given a tour of the BWI center when they dropped off a cookie donation. This spurred their idea to replenish the United Through Reading library there.

When Grace and Maeve arrived with a cart full of books Jan. 27, they had an entourage of nearly 30 family members, including parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents. Even the principal of their school came to celebrate their service. It was an uplifting scene as family and friends gathered around for the presentation, teary with pride for the girls and our troops.

–Story gathered by Lauren Hebert, USO of Metropolitan Washington

It’s a Care Package Stuffing Party…in Rome!

Boy Scout troops # 236 & 961 along with Girl Scout troops # 74, 75, 76 & 406 met at USO Rome on December 5 with their donations of baked goodies, holiday decorations, and various other items in order to stuff care packages to send to deployed troops in Iraq & Afghanistan for the holidays.  This fun day of volunteer service produced 45 USO “Rome away from home” care bags which were shipped through the APO to USO centers in these areas as well as individually named deployed troops.  The scouts also started a new USO Rome tradition of putting up the center’s Christmas Tree and providing much USO holiday cheer!