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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Fifth-grader makes bracelets for Wreaths Across America

  • Next month, Christmas wreaths will be placed at graves at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery and other national cemeteries as part of Wreaths Across America.
    And a local fifth-grader is raising money for the event by selling bracelets.
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  • Next month, Christmas wreaths will be placed at graves at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery and other national cemeteries as part of Wreaths Across America.
    And a local fifth-grader is raising money for the event by selling bracelets.
    "I'm supporting my brothers," 10-year-old Sadie Pitts said.
    She explained that her brother, Spc. Jeremy Unger, and brother-in-law, Spc. Brandon Casey, are both serving in Afghanistan. And her oldest brother, Cpl. David Unger, died in 2006 while serving Iraq. He's buried at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.
    Sadie, who attends Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, said she recently learned how to make bracelets from paracord, or parachute cord.
    "It looked like fun," she said.
    She's now selling the bracelets for $6 each. For each bracelet sold, $5 will go toward the purchase of a wreath to be placed at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. The remaining $1 will be used to purchase additional supplies.
    Sadie's mother, Diana Pitts, is the location coordinator for Wreaths Across America at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.
    She said wreaths will be placed Dec. 14 in a section where 3,800 people are buried. About 1,400 wreaths have been sponsored for the event so far.
    She said each wreath costs $15. But for each two wreaths purchased, a third is sent for free.
    Sadie said she already has orders for 30 bracelets. She said she can make one of the bracelets in less than five minutes.
    "She can do it literally not looking," her mother said.
    People can purchase one of the bracelets by contacting Diana by email at pitts_diana@yahoo.com. Diana said bracelets also will be available during an open house Monday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 56, 523 Cherokee St., following the Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade.
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