Winfree Bryant Middle School receives flag from Afghanistan

Staff Reports • Updated Mar 20, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Wilson County Friends of NRA held a packing event called “FNRA Cares” in November to send needed supplies to troops stationed in Afghanistan. 

As part of the project, Wilson County FNRA asked Winfree Bryant Middle School students to get involved. 

The students did, providing some supplies and a bag of handwritten cards and letters for soldiers. Just before Christmas, troops received 15 boxes containing toiletries, magazines, socks and heartfelt Christmas cards written by Winfree Bryant Middle School students. 

Of course, the personal items were appreciated, but the cards were the biggest hit. 

Bill and Becky Slocum are Wilson County FNRA committee members, and Bill Slocum is also a civilian contractor stationed in Afghanistan.  Bill Slocum distributed the FNRA Cares packages to troops. While home for a visit in March, Slocum shared the reaction of soldiers receiving the cards. 

“Reactions ranged from happy surprise to near tears from some soldiers who don’t receive many letters from home,” he said. 

Troops wanted to show their appreciation, so on Tuesday the Slocums presented Becky Kegley, principal at Winfree Bryant Middle School, a custom framed commemorative certificate and flag flown over Afghanistan.

 “We hoped to leave the school and the students with a physical reminder that kind words and actions are treasured and have made troops feel a little less far from home,” Bill Slocum said.

FNRA Cares team plans to hold future FNRA Cares packing events at Wilson County Friends of NRA. 

Friends of NRA is a grassroots fundraising program that fosters community involvement, raises money and gives 100 percent of the net proceeds to qualified safety and educational programs. Friends of NRA is a non-political nonprofit. Last month, Tennessee Friends of NRA approved 93 grants totaling more than $300,000 to organizations across Tennessee.

Other events are held throughout the year, such as the upcoming Wilson County Friends of NRA Banquet on April 4. For more details or tickets to the banquet, contact Lisa Kirkus at lisakirkus@comcast.net or 615-414-6120. Find it on Facebook at Wilson County TN Friends of NRA.

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