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Proctorville club teams with Fairland to help military

Second-grader Tanner Litz, left, joined Jessica King and Gabby Bellville, both first graders, with the woman’s club stocking project.

PROCTORVILLE — The Proctorville Woman’s Club recently concluded its collection of stocking items for soldiers overseas. With the assistance of the Fairland Local School District the club was able to fill 250 stockings for the soldiers with many extra items.

This is the fifth year that the club has participated in the drive for stockings for soldiers as part of Boatsie’s Boxes. Boatsie’s Boxes is a non-profit organization based out of Wheeling, W.Va., dedicated to supporting the troops overseas.

The project started with a goal of filling 60 stockings. But with the help from the Fairland staff and students that first year the club was able to fill 100 stockings.

Last year the club shipped 225 stockings and boxes of extras with an estimated value of $10,000 to Boatsie’s Boxes.

Chase Fisher, Chad McComas and Jace VonVille, all from the fifth grade class, hold some of the items collected for the stockings for the soldiers.

For the past three years, the woman’s club has won a state award from the Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs for having the best project involving our military. Last year the club also won the Past President’s Hero Award from the Ohio Federation for best overall project in the state with a focus on the military and veterans.