Hope boy sin­gled out for aid to troops

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL - FRANK E. LOCK­WOOD

WASH­ING­TON — An Arkansas child who helps ser­vice per­son­nel got a shoutout on C-SPAN last week.

In a speech on the House floor, U.S. Rep. Bruce Wester­man told his col­leagues about Huck Plyler, a 6-yearold from Hope who as­sem­bles care pack­ages for troops over­seas.

The young­ster cre­ated what is now known as Huck’s Mil­i­tary Care Pack­age Project. With the help of like-minded friends, neigh­bors and the Hemp­stead County Farm Bu­reau, he has sent dozens of care pack­ages to Arkansas Na­tional Guard mem­bers who are de­ployed in north­east Africa.

The list of care pack­age items in­cludes puz­zles and pro­tein bars. Gift cards and gra­nola. Bat­ter­ies and beef jerky.

Wester­man, a Repub­li­can from Hot Springs, said Huck’s “gen­eros­ity has stirred the hearts, souls and pa­tri­otic spir­its of peo­ple across my dis­trict and Arkansas.”

The child’s “kind­ness and thought­ful­ness brings honor to him­self, his par­ents Caleb and Brianna Plyler, and to the benev­o­lent peo­ple of Hemp­stead County and Arkansas,” Wester­man said.

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