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Soldiers Opens Generic Letter And Finds It Was Written By His Daughter

January 6, 1991

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ The gift of brownies was extra sweet for Sgt. Rory Lomas in Saudi Arabia when he found that the ″to any soldier″ letter in his package was written by his 10-year-old daughter.

″It’s amazing if you think of the odds of him getting his own daughter’s letter out of the thousands that were sent,″ said Lomas’ wife, Barbara. ″My family couldn’t believe it. They say it was a blessing and was truly meant to be.″

The letter by Lomas’ daughter, Cetericka, a fifth-grade student at Windsor Forest Elementary, was one of thousands written by Chatham County school children and addressed ″to any soldier.″

They were packed with chocolate chip brownies called Savannah Squares, made by more than 1,000 volunteers, and shipped to the 14,000 soldiers from nearby Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Air Field stationed in Saudi Arabia.

Lomas, 27, of the 84th Transportation Company based at Hunter, had arrived in Saudi Arabia on Oct. 14. A few weeks later, he was surprised to open the letter from Cetericka, said Mrs. Lomas, who is a commissary store worker at Hunter, on Sunday.

″It was the first phone call I received from him in three weeks and he said, ‘I got a letter addressed ‘to any soldier’ and guess who wrote it,′ ″ she said. ″He enjoyed the Savannah Squares dearly, but I could not believe him that he got Cetericka’s letter.″

The letter, which Lomas mailed back to his wife, read: ″Dear Soldier, Hey, my name is Cetericka Lomas. I am 10 years old, and I know you’re hot over there. Well, hopefully you can get home soon. Now we are studying Indians in Social Studies and studying plants in Science. Do you work hard? How high is the temperature over there? Well, we’ll talk to you later. Your friend, Cetericka Nicole Lomas.″

″She is too thrilled about it,″ Mrs. Lomas said of her daughter. ″It’s something we will cherish from now on. I’ll probably frame it and put a little ribbon on it.″

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