Business Sending Cigars To Soldiers

An Omaha business is sending hundreds of cigars, many donated by customers, to troops in Iraq.

Nickleby’s Cigar Ring manager Tim Vanderpool sent out messages on email and Facebook, telling customers his store would match every cigar they donated to troops.

“I’ve got some friends over there, in the 67th Cavalry,” explained Vanderpool. “We just decided to give them something to boost their morale and lift them up.”

Vanderpool said within one week, people had collected and donated about 90 cigars. Nickleby’s matched the donation, meaning soldiers from the Nebraska National Guard reserve will be sent anywhere from 180-200 cigars.

“They said there’s about 200 guys at Camp Adder,” said Vanderpool, “so hopefully they’ll all get something.”

Nickleby’s planned to send the cigars overseas this week. Vanderpool hoped the shipment was the first of many, and that the soldiers who received it would know people were thinking about them at home.

“Whatever you think about the war, everyone supports the troops that are there,” said Vanderpool. “They’re willing to do it and the response has been great.”


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