Collection held for overseas troops

PARKERSBURG – A group of young cheerleaders is collecting items to donate to the local National Guard to be distributed to troops deployed overseas.

The TriC Cheerleaders will continue to collect things such as books, magazines, food and hygiene products in the entranceway of the Parkersburg South High School gymnasium between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. today, said the group’s commissioner Carrie Lynn Monroe.

“Everything we collect will go to the National Guard Armory on Monday to be organized into care packages and shipped overseas,” Monroe said.

The girls brought a large collection of items for donation on Friday evening, the first day of their two-day annual cheer camp and clinic.

During Friday evening and throughout today, the 51 members of TriC Cheerleading, between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, will learn new routines and cheers.

“We have a great start and I am so excited, but can’t wait to see what we get tomorrow,” Monroe said Friday.

Along with items to be sent overseas, the group is also collecting loose change to help cover the cost of shipping the care packages.

“When I talked to Amy Long with the armory, she told me that people are wonderful with donations for the troops, but almost always forget that it costs money to ship the stuff,” Monroe said. “So, we as just asking to help with that.”

Along with this first collection and donation to the local troops, Monroe said the cheerleaders will adopt a troop for the duration of its deployment to continue to send cards and care packages as long as the troop is away from home.

Monroe said this is the first time the TriC Cheerleaders have collected items for the troops, but in the past have collected nonperishable food items for local food pantries.

“We do fundraisers for our group all of the time, but I wanted the girls to learn that if you need something, other people and groups need things, too,” Monroe said. “So, this is our way of showing the girls how they can help others.”