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Soldier delivers thanks for long-distance care sent by retirees

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First Sgt. James Hicks give tokens representing his Army unit to residents of Delnor Glen on Monday in St. Charles. Residents have been sending care packages to his Afghanistan-based unit.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

First Sgt. Jim Hicks speaks Monday afternoon to residents of Delnor Glen in St. Charles. Hicks' mother, Linda, right, works at the assisted living facility, and the residents have been sending care packages to his Afghanistan-based unit.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

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As 1st Sgt. James Hicks shook hands with the residents of Delnor Glen retirement community in St. Charles and passed out coins with his Army company's slogan on them, he delivered a thank you for nine months of continued support. "You can't go wrong with sending personal hygiene items to troops," Hicks said. "Just going to the bathroom over there is a 100-yard hike. And the Slinkies, we just had a blast with everything they sent."
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    • First Sgt. James Hicks give tokens representing his Army unit to residents of Delnor Glen on Monday in St. Charles. Residents have been sending care packages to his Afghanistan-based unit.
    • First Sgt. Jim Hicks speaks Monday afternoon to residents of Delnor Glen in St. Charles. Hicks’ mother, Linda, right, works at the assisted living facility, and the residents have been sending care packages to his Afghanistan-based unit.
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