Plans to Help are Changing


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ALGONA, IA – It’s a local group’s effort to show support to Iowa National Guard troops.

We first brought you the story Tuesday, and showed you the ladies VFW Auxiliary hard at work, baking and packaging cookies to hand out to guard members today in Algona.

But, as they sometimes do, plans change.

The ladies aren’t letting it get them down.

They’re all set up, with water and cookies ready to greet a group of National Guardsmen and women as they make their way home from training camp.

What was supposed to be a sweet welcome home, turned bitter.

“We’re just really upset because we went through all the thing of making the cookies,” The Ladies VFW Auxiliary members tells KIMT News 3.

The ladies got word from the Sergeant in charge of the unit that they were taking an alternate route and wouldn’t be able to swing by the chrome truck stop in Algona to get their refreshments.

“We’re thinking about how sad these guys are going to be that they’re not going to get to stop cause they were excited, they were really excited, all of them.”

It’s somewhat of an unusual situation, what to do with some 500 cookies, baked, packaged and ready to go.

“We’ve been talking and we’re thinking about maybe when they have the open house for the VFW and the Legion part in Britt to hand out during the cookies there, yeah during Hobo Days,” they say.

Despite the disappointment and all the hard work these ladies put into this project, they said they won’t let a little bump in the road stop their future efforts.

“We probably will try to do it again, I think we need to support our veterans no matter what and like we said it isn’t the guys’ fault, they’re just following orders.”

The Ladies VFW Auxiliary said although they were a little sad they couldn’t greet the soldiers, they still had a great time baking all the cookies.

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