Local boy to be House Speaker Paul Ryan's guest at President Obama's State of the Union address

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Jake Magee
Monday, January 11, 2016

MILTON—News of a local 4-year-old boy's selfless actions have reached House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Logan Barritt and his parents, Nick and Becky Barritt, will be Ryan's guests during President Obama's last State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Logan first gained attention in November when he told his mother he wanted to use his piggy bank change to send care packages to soldiers overseas to brighten their holidays. The idea came to him after Logan learned about soldiers at school on Veterans Day.

“I think it sort of planted a seed in Logan's mind about what soldiers do,” said Lisa Peternel, childhood program director at Young Women's Christian Association, where Logan attends school.

Becky reached out to friends and family and gathered about $240 to assemble more care packages. After The Gazette published Logan's heartwarming story, the community donated to his cause, bringing the total to about $1,300.

Veterans and active military members surprised Logan at school in December and gave him letters of appreciation, thank-you gifts and a ride in a military truck.

“Kids can be heroes, too,” Ryan said, according to a press release from his office. “Logan reminded us that a little pocket change goes a long way, especially when it comes to giving back to the men and women who give everything for us. I look forward to welcoming the Barritt family to the Capitol.”

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