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Florida soldier thanks Raleigh girls for care packages

Posted March 29, 2011
Updated March 30, 2011

— Inside a Raleigh home Tuesday evening, anxious girls from the Dancing Daisies Y Tribe waited to meet their hero.

His name is Dennis Volpe, a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy and a total stranger to the young ladies, who decided months ago to do something kind for the soldier they didn't know.

"We had a little extra money," said Brennan Elms, one of the Dancing Daisies. So, the tribe bought candy, foot powder and anything else they thought a soldier might need in the desert of Afghanistan and crammed it into a box.

"It was kind of hard. We had to fit them where each thing fit," Elms said.

The girls wanted to say "thank you" to troops fighting overseas and sending them the comforts of home seemed like a good way to do it.

"To think he would go all the way over there and fight for our country," said Dancing Daisy Gretchen Stanicek.

dancing daisies Soldier thanks Dancing Daisies for care packages

Volpe, who has since returned from Afghanistan and is living in Florida, said some of the best days in his year overseas were when the girls' care packages arrived. He shared them with the troops serving around him.

"(You're) away from the stuff you are used to," he said. "You will have a package there or you won't. And when you do, it brightens your day."

On Tuesday, Volpe returned the favor, driving to Raleigh to thank the girls in person and bring them a flag that flew over Afghanistan in honor of their small tribe.


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  • HapiApiGirl Mar 30, 2011

    Great Story! Impressive group of young ladies-glad to know that we have families and young people out there who still remember that we have men and women making sacrifices everyday...while we live a comfortable and SAFE life. Welcome Back, Volpe! Kudos to the Y Guides & Princess Program...just another reason I am glad I get to raise my children in this area!

  • Hans Mar 30, 2011

    oops, LCDR Volpe - don't know what I was reading.

  • Hans Mar 30, 2011

    The Dancing Daisies making the Mighty Arapahoe Nation proud! Good job girls, and thank you LCDR Thorpe for your service and for taking the time to make these girls' day.

  • sundown6074 Mar 30, 2011

    Cool story to brighten up my day.

  • sunneyone Mar 30, 2011

    What a sweet gesture and a great story. :) And how cool of him to take the time to visit the girls in person. How sweet.

  • Packy Mar 30, 2011

    Oh wow... brought a tear to my eye. How awesome of the girls but even more awesome that he drove from Florida to thank them. So sweet!

  • Dragons_lady Mar 30, 2011

    what a great story!!!

  • warriorspirit Mar 30, 2011

    HOW HOW!

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Mar 30, 2011

    Foot powder? Those girls got good advice on what to send. Boot rot can disable a trooper. My hat is off to these young ladies. And to the sailor who came to thank them.

  • pulstar40 Mar 30, 2011

    Great story...not only did the girls reach out to help someone overseas, but what a great guy to drive all the way to Raleigh to thank the girls in person!