Last fall O'Halloran International partnered with Iowa schools and communities to help our troops fighting abroad.
Collection dates and sites were held in Cherokee and included the Cherokee Powder Puff football game at Washington High, and the Cherokee Braves Homecoming football.
The donated items were delivered to active-duty troops serving in the Middle East and include health and hygiene items; non-perishable food items; entertainment games and puzzles, CDs, DVDs, handheld electronics, books and magazines, etc.; and miscellaneous items like USB drives, card sets, hand/foot warmers, pens, etc.
Also as part of this effort, Karlos Kirby, an Olympic Athlete, U.S. Navy Reserve Officer and Firefighter, was able to be a Veteran's Day guest speaker and spoke to the students in Cherokee about building awareness, citizenship in local and global arenas. Kirby was able to speake to over 4,000 students at the Cherokee, Carroll and Fort Dodge schools.
Between the cities of Cherokee, Carroll and Fort Dodge, 700 care packages were sent to U.S. troop in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and O'Halloran thanks the Cherokee schools and all the students who donated items for the troops. They also thanked The Chronicle Times and KCHE Radio for all of their support.
A plaque and a flag which flew over Afghanistan were recently presented to the Cherokee Schools for all of the help they gave with the "Truckin' For The Troops" last year.