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Boy Scout Troop Collects Goods To Send To Soldiers

Boy Scout Alex Bruen organized the event as his Life Project

For his Boy Scout Life Project, Alex Bruen thought he’d help out his neighbor Michael Frye.

Part of the difficulty with that is that Frye isn’t exactly home right now. Instead, he is serving overseas in Afghanistan. So Bruen, 15, of West Nyack, thought it’d be a good gesture to collect food, toiletries and candy to send to Frye and his fellow soldiers.

“I thought it’d be nice to help my neighbor out and the battalion while they’re away, send a message out that we care,” Bruen said. “We also have Christmas cards being sent to them.”

On Saturday, Bruen and other scouts from Troop 55 in Blauvelt gathered at the West Nyack Post Office to sort and box all the items they’ve collected since October for his Life Project, titled From Troop To Troops. Bruen said they originally hoped to ship the items out to get there for Thanksgiving, then give the soldiers an after dinner treat, but Superstorm Sandy delayed them.

To show their appreciation, Frye’s wife, Janice, and their son, Colin, 13, came to the West Nyack Post Office Saturday morning to thank the group of about 10 boy scouts.

“It’s touching, it really hit a spot in my heart. I think it’s wonderful that they did this,” Janice Frye said. “We’ve been friends with them for a while, since my son was in the Cub Scouts, and I never expected anyone to take this extra step and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. It’s fabulous.”

The troop collected postage to mail the boxes, as well as donations and money from various organizations, such as the West Nyack Rotary and the Rockland County Marine Corps League. Anna Foldvary-De Sousa, known as the Coupon Queen, donated vitamins, toothpaste, candy and much more.

“They are a great bunch of kids, and for Alex to do this, it’s a big task and he should be really proud of himself, and so should the Boy Scout troop that’s helping him do this,” Janice Frye said. “It’s a big effort, and I know the soldiers are going to love it.”

MBoyko December 02, 2012 at 07:48 PM
So Proud of all the scouts, but especially Alex!!!
Mike Bruen December 02, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I'm very proud of the troop and my son. Over 740 Ibs., of assorted items, in 34 boxes will be sent to Mike Frye's Batallion over in Afghanistan. I want to personally thank everyone who donated time, money and effort to this cause.
Sharon Naughton December 02, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Great job boys! You make your country and your Boy Scout troop so proud. Alex, you are a fine young gentleman and your project has made a wonderful difference in the lives of these soldiers and your neighbor who cannot be home for the holidays. We were all happy to help you send some holiday cheer and support overseas from our troop to theirs. I am so proud of you Alex! Love, Sharon Naughton
Rockland County Legislator Ed Day December 02, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Thank you, boys. You took good care of my oldest son when he was deployed in Afghanistan, and you made his entire platoon feel that there were people who cared about them even though they were far away. No doubt my youngest will be there in the not so distant future, so your work is well appreciated by this military dad. And God bless not only those who helped with donations, but also those special employees of the West Nyack Post Office for their commitment to the cause. Thank you Derek and company!
Gayle Bruen December 02, 2012 at 11:47 PM
So proud of our son, Alex. We can't thank Derek, Allison, Ms. Miller and the others at the West Nyack Post Office enough. They all worked very hard to help the boys and they support the troops so much! Thanks to all the Scouts, parents and siblings of Troop 55 who volunteered and made donations too!
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