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Brightening soldiers' spirits with color

A participant at the "Armed Forces Drawing Spectacular" on Feb. 8 concentrates as he works to perfect his drawing of a flag for the soldiers. The drawings will eventually be sent to Minnesotan soldiers. Staff photo by Amber Kispert

Central Park became a place of patriotism Feb. 8 when the Young Rembrandts sponsored their "Armed Forces Drawing Spectacular," where children ages four to 12 came together to create gifts for soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

More than two dozen people, including parents, came together to draw four different "Americana" drawings, such as an eagle, a flag and the capitol building.

All of the completed drawings will be sent to Larry Helsene, who is in the military assistance program at Camp Ripley, and he will deliver the drawings to Minnesotan soldiers.

"He does know if there are individuals who don't receive much mail," said Patty Murphy, regional program director for the Young Rembrandts. "He'll get the drawings to those with more of a need."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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