August 25th, 2014
10:11 AM ET

See Boy's Letter to Soldiers: 'Hope You Make It'

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff,"  a frank 8-year-old Louisiana boy becomes a source of inspiration for U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan. CNN's Michaela Pereira reports.

Gavin's wrote four words in a letter around last Christmas to troops in Kabul saying: "hope you make it."

While his teacher originally thought the note was too blunt to send, the remark quickly became a motto for the airmen and soldiers deployed 8,000 miles away.

The 438th Air Expeditionary wing embarked on a mission to find him.

Local journalists, including the Shreveport Times – which published a story with the headline "Who is Gavin?" helped make the overseas meeting happen.

The Gavin fan club, as they began calling themselves, chatted with the boy over Skype.

"Every time we went somewhere or did something it was "hope you make it,"  they told him.

"So not sure how at such a young age something so wise can come out of such a small body – but we're really, really glad it did."

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