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Troops give coal to needy S. Koreans for cooking, heating

CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — U.S. soldiers were doling out lumps of coal Wednesday, but the recipients were needy, not naughty.

Representatives of the 2nd Infantry Division’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team and 210 Fires Brigade distributed charcoal briquettes to families in Dongducheon, near Camp Casey. The day-after-Christmas mission was carried out in conjunction with the Dongducheon Volunteer Center, which identified households in need.

Unlike the bags of charcoal that Americans use in their barbeque grills, these cylindrical briquettes are about the size of coffee cans. They are used by some Korean families to cook and heat their homes.

The 2ID’s second annual charcoal distribution was funded by donations from U.S. soldiers and their families and was designed to allow volunteers “to show appreciation for their Korean neighbors during the season of giving,” according to a 2ID statement.

The number of briquettes they gave out was not immediately available, but the two brigades raised about $4,000 last year, which was used to deliver 2,000 briquettes and 60 bags of rice to needy families.

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