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Troops hand out gifts to kids at cancer clinic

First Sergeant Takisha Benitez hands a gift to a patient at the Children?s Cancer Clinic at the University of Mainz Medical Center Dec.11, 2013. Fourteen soldiers from the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden?s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers handed out toys and cards to children at the clinic.

MAINZ, Germany — Fourteen soldiers from the U.S. Army garrison in Wiesbaden volunteered on Wednesday to give toys and cards to kids at the Children’s Cancer Clinic at University of Mainz Medical Center in an effort to bring holiday cheer and demonstrate the bond between the German and American community.

The volunteers from the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers handed out pink dollhouses, coloring toys and other holiday gifts to young patients. This was the seventh year BOSS has participated in this event.

“This was the first time I’ve done this type of event and seeing the smiles on the kids made my day,” said Sgt. Mustafa Alibraheem, a Wiesbaden BOSS representative.

Steve Eclavea, the garrison’s Moral Welfare Recreation BOSS advisor explained that these type of events are very important to both communities. “It shows a bond between Germans and Americans,” said Eclavea.

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