Girls from Shelton, CT, Boys & Girls Club surround TSgt Michael Palermo (103rd Security Forces Squadron, CT Air Natl Guard) to thank him for his service and show some of the knitted goodies made for Iraq. With instructor Inez (back row C) girls who participated are: Molly, Rachael, Adreeiana, Kaitlyn, Alyssa, Jada, Corinthia, Elizabeth, Chota, Bianca S., Bianca C., Jade, Michele, Lauren, Gwen, Anastastia, Veronica, Tasia, Nichole, Denya, Brianna, Sklylar, Hayuin, Kathryn, Samantha, Alina, Crystal, Jailyn, Jessica, Diamond, Kendra, Kiara, Annalise, Raneisha, Senea and Twiza.
Inez Napolitano, Girls Club parent volunteer (3rd from L) and some of the girls who crocheted the goodies for our troops and for Iraqi children show off their wares.
TSgt Michael Palermo (center), CT Air Natl Guard, Ivonne Simon (R of Palermo), parent of two of the girls and co-ordinator of the event, and Inez Napolitano (top Center), supervisor and volunteer instructor, are surrounded by proud girls who crocheted items for the soldiers and children at Ibn Sina Hospital in Baghdad.
Girls from Shelton, CT, Boys & Girls Club Knit for Our Troops and for Iraqi Children
40 Girls Spend Two Months Knitting Scarves, Hats and Throws Wednesday, December 12, 2007 -- The Shelton, CT, Boys & Girls Club presented Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon with several cartons of crocheted scarves, beanie hats and throws for the Ibn Sina Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq. Some of the articles were knitted in red/white/blue for the patients at the hospital while others were knitted in green/white/red/black (Iraqi colors) for Iraqi children impacted by war.
Inez Napolitano, volunteer who taught about 40 girls to crochet and supervised the project, was on hand to introduce the girls to Alan Krutchkoff, president of Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon. Also on hand from AaSP were Ivonne Simon, parent volunteer and Dahlia Walker. After a brief thank you to the girls, Alan introduced TSgt Michael Palermo, an OEF veteran from the CT Air National Guard's 103rd Security Forces Squadron. Many of the girls came up one at a time to thank the sergeant for his service to our country. TSgt Palermo spoke to the girls and impressed upon them the positive impact these gifts would have on our troops. He also answered many questions from the girls.
The children's knitted gifts were sent to the 86th CSH's Outreach Program. The gifts for the soldiers were sent to the Task Force Commander at the 86th CSH.
A great big thank you to all the girls, ages 7-15, who worked very hard for two months on this project. They are: Molly, Rachael, Adreeiana, Kaitlyn, Alyssa, Jada, Corinthia, Elizabeth, Chota, Bianca S., Bianca C., Jade, Michele, Lauren, Gwen, Anastastia, Veronica, Tasia, Nichole, Denya, Brianna, Sklylar, Hayuin, Kathryn, Samantha, Alina, Crystal, Jailyn, Jessica, Diamond, Kendra, Kiara, Annalise, Raneisha, Senea and Twiza. We will keep you posted and post any pictures that we may receive from Iraq.