SINGAPORE: A U.S. SAILOR GETS THE SURPRISE OF HIS LIFE WHEN HE RECEIVES 300 KILOGRAMMES OF HOME-MADE COOKIES AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENTRecord ID: 639634
- Title: SINGAPORE: A U.S. SAILOR GETS THE SURPRISE OF HIS LIFE WHEN HE RECEIVES 300 KILOGRAMMES OF HOME-MADE COOKIES AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT
- Date: 12th December 1996
- Summary: SINGAPORE (DECEMBER 12, 1996) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. SLV USS PAUL HAMILTON 0.03 2. LV SAILORS ON DECK 0.06 3. SLV DHL COURIER TRUCK ARRIVES 0.12 4. SV SAILORS WAITING WITH MCU OF RECIPIENT, ANDREW NORTON (WEARING GLASSES) 0.19 5. CU DHL BOX BEING UNLOADED OFF THE TRUCK 0.21 6. SLV SAILORS WATCHING UNLOADING (2 SHOTS) 0.27 7. CU BOX BEING LIFTED UP 0.31 8. SV NORTON WITH FEMALE SANTAS WATCHING 0.34 9. CU/SV BOX ON BOARD DECK/SAILORS WATCHING (2 SHOTS) 0.48 10. SV NORTON UNDOING BOX/FEMALE SANTAS WATCHING (3 SHOTS) 1.02 11. SV SAILORS WATCHING 1.05 12. CU BOX UNPACKED 1.11 13. CU BOX WITH LABEL FOR ANDREW NORTON ONLY 1.14 14. SV NORTON LOOKING IN BOX OF COOKIES/LAUGHING 1.26 15. SV/MCU CREW EATING BISCUITS (5 SHOTS) 1.44 16. MCU NORTON ON PHONE TO HIS MOTHER/ NORTON SAYING I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU DID THIS, BUT IT DOESN'T SURPRISE ME (ENGLISH) 1.57 17. CU/SV SAILORS AND OFFICER EATING BISCUITS (2 SHOTS) 2.12 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: SINGAPORE
- Country: Singapore
- Duration: 00:02:13
- Story Text: INTRO: A U.S. sailor got the surprise of his life when he received an early Christmas present from his mother - over 300 kilogrammes (700 pounds) of home-made cookies shipped in by air express.
A cookie shipment weighing 317 kilogrammes (700 pounds) was flown in by DHL Worldwide Express after Beth Norton of Wisconsin, baked a monster supply of biscuits for her sailor son Andrew who is on board the USS Paul Hamilton.
Norton got together with her friends to bake the cookies for her son and eight other members of his division currently on a six-month deployment on the destroyer. In the spirit of Christmas, the word spread in the small town of Elkhorn and before she knew it, Mrs Norton had 317 kilogrammes (700 pounds) of cookies on her hands.
Sending the biscuits by conventional mail was out of the question since it often takes up to three weeks to catch up with ships.
That's when DHL stepped in to play Santa Claus and offered to express the cookies free of charge to the ship when it berthed in Singapore.
On Thursday the cookies were finally delivered - to an astonished Andy Norton, who had no idea the present was coming.
Norton called his mother in Elkhorn, telling her "I can't believe you did this !" For the sailors on board the USS Paul Hamilton, Christmas will be a little sweeter this year as they munch through the hundreds of cookies sent all the way from a small town in Wisconsin.
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