ROXBURY, N.J. -  A group of Roxbury Cub Scouts recently sent several boxes of donated items to American troops in Afghanistan, a deed that was met praise from a soldier. 

The 43 boys of Cub Scout Pack 163 of Succasunna spent their own money to buy the items, said Cubmaster Louis Picone. He said the Scouts also wrote personal letters and cards. 

"We assign suggested donations for each age group and this year the Scouts and their families were extremely generous and we are able to send over several boxes of candy, beef jerky, toiletries, baseballs, footballs, magazines, lip balm, etc. to the 3d Cavalry Regiment stationed in Afghanistan," said Picone. 

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He also said the Scouts "received generous donations from Colgate and Marty’s Reliable Cycle." 

They boys were thanked on Nov. 16 by Army National Guard Specialist Tina Marie Diglio. She came to their meeting at Jefferson Elementary school and spoke to the Scouts, said Picone. 

"She told them what she did in the service and also how meaningful it is to receive a care package," he said. "She spoke with the boys before they wrote their cards and letters. It was a very meaningful meeting for all of us, adults and children alike."