“Please send anything that will make me smell like an actual girl,” wrote SPC Kao Lee on her Adopt-A-Soldier form. “After all, there isn’t a Bath & Body Works out here in Iraq,” said SPC Shantia Ezekiel.
When Bath & Body Works’ Foothills Mall store learned of these soldiers’ requests, the associates purchased and donated lotions, body sprays and shower gels. Store manager Kari Bookout stated, “We were personally touched by these soldiers’ requests and we wanted to do something special for them. As a thank you for the sacrifices they make every day to serve our country, my team assembled Valentine’s Day gift bags with Bath & Body Works products to send to each of them.”
Specialists Lee and Ezekiel will be receiving enough Valentine gift bags to share with other female soldiers in their living quarters.
“One thing that caught my eye when reading Spc. Lee’s Adopt-A-Soldier form was her nickname -- Stinky,” said Kathy Orcutt of Hugs for Our Soldiers. “Nicknames are commonly given by fellow soldiers. It can come from anything about that soldier. So my feeling is that Spc. Lee enjoys perfumes and such since she asked for ‘anything that makes her smell like a girl’. More than likely, she reported to duty wearing a favorite fragrance and, thus, got her nickname.”
Lee is a Medic with the 372nd Engineer Brigade serving in Afghanistan. Ezekiel is in Iraq with the Forward Support Company of Fort Benning’s 2-69AR Battalion.
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