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Student collecting items to send to US troops in Afghanistan

 Make your donations in downtown Jasper by Saturday


Hannah Clark wants to collect items to send in carepackages to American troops in the Middle East. Make your donation at Moore Furniture and other downtown businesses by Saturday.


            Between school and working part-time at the local Boys & Girls Club, PHS sophomore Hannah Clark is spending time this Christmas giving back to soldiers who are spending their holidays overseas.


            “She’s very altruistic,” said Tonia Clark, Hanna’s mother. “She’s one of those who wants to give to people but doesn’t expect anything in return.”


            Clark said her daughter was inspired to start collecting items for soldiers after two local marines from the Marine Corps League came to speak to children at the Boys & Girls Club – and now she has set a goal to collect and deliver 100 care packages as a Christmas gifts for the men and women actively serving in Afghanistan.


            “She listened to these men who came to talk and realized she wanted to do something to say thanks for fighting for the freedoms we have in this country,” Clark said. “She always tells me voting is not a right it’s a responsibility, and these are the people that make sure we have that right because they actually care about our freedom.”


            There are several drop locations around town, including Jasper Drug & Gifts, Moore Furniture, All South Copiers and North Georgia Bank. Items needed must fit inside a shoebox and include energy bars, batteries, packets of flavor for water, jerky, instant coffee, personal hygiene items and more. You can visit for a comprehensive list of items soldiers love to receive.


             Clark and her daughter set up at Jasper Drugs & Gifts last weekend to solicit donations from customers, and in addition to some donated items she has raised money that will go towards postage. She has also received donations from Jasper Dental Associates and Microtel.


            “We got 100 toothbrushes from the dentist and soap, conditioner and shampoo from the motel," Clark said. "This is 100 percent her and I'm very proud. She’s been to events, but this is all her and I’m very proud.”





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