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Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson (Kevin Dougherty / S&S)

HEIDELBERG, Germany — When a high school sophomore volunteered to lead a toiletry drive for visiting families of injured servicemembers, expectations were modest around the Landstuhl Fisher House.

Doria Rey figured Kyle Johnson and his cadre of Boy Scouts would probably raise a van’s worth of goods. Instead, Johnson filled two vans with enough stuff to last for many months. He also collected nearly $600 in cash donations.

“It was a lot more than we expected,” said Rey, facilities operations manager at the Landstuhl Fisher House. “They brought a ton of stuff.”

Johnson, 14, the son of Army Lt. Col. Steven and Maureen Johnson, offered to coordinate the effort as part of his Eagle Scout service project. On the first weekend in November, he and other Boy Scouts from Heidelberg Troop 4 solicited donations from commissary and exchange customers. They delivered the goods — shampoo, toothpaste, paper towels, etc. — to the Fisher House on Nov. 10.


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