Army of Norwalk volunteers answers the wishes of soldiers overseas

Volunteers at Norwalk's Sons of Italy are helping to make thousands of soldiers' holiday dreams come true with their donation program.The program is called A Soldier?s Wish List. Volunteers collect goods and accept donations from the community to send overseas. They collect books for the soldiers' to read and holiday cards for them to send home. Everything collected will be sent next week to a chosen platoon. Joanne Romano organizes the small army of volunteers. She boasts that last year the total donations weighed 1,500 pounds, roughly the same weight as a compact car. The giving doesn't stop at the troops, a local 6th-grade class made pinwheels for the soldiers to give to Iraqi children. There is a note attached to each pinwheel that says, ?From me to you, you'll be in our hearts until the war is through.?Organizers say they created the program to make sure soldiers know people are thinking about them back home. They feel it is the least they can give to the soldiers who are giving so much already.