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Treat the Troops sponsoring vacation for 10 MCAS Beaufort Marines

A Hilton Head Island charity that has shipped millions of cookies to troops overseas will treat 10 local Marines to a weekend stay on the island.

The 10 Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort arrived at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort on Friday and will stay until Sunday, Treat the Troops founder Jeanette Cram said.

Cram's charity has sent nearly four million cookies overseas since 1990, but the weekend vacation at the Omni is the first trip sponsored by the organization. It was made possible after the charity recently received a grant, she said.

Cram was inspired to sponsor a trip for the local Marines after touring the air station in September. The tour was set up by Dwight Hora, a Marine veteran and the state quartermaster for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, who received cookies from Treat the Troops while he was deployed, Cram said.

The Marines sponsored at the trip will attend dinner with Cram at Flora's Italian Cafe Saturday. Aside from dinner, they're free to spend their time at the Omni however they choose, she said.

"All I want is an 'oorah' and a hug," she said. "That's all I'm asking from them. They've done enough."

Follow reporter Matt McNab at twitter.com/IPBG_Matt.

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