Operation: With Love From Home

Here’s a bit of Christmas cheer to share with you. Hundreds of volunteers lined up at a California church to fill 1,000 care packages for troops deployed overseas. Their goal was to make sure that soldiers in Afghanistan and other countries are not forgotten this holiday season.

According to a story in the Napa Valley Register, “Operation: With Love from Home” drew volunteers of all ages to CrossWalk Community Church. They worked in a chain to fill U.S. Postal Service boxes with cards, toiletries, beef jerky, socks, candy bars, soups and other goodies.

Among the volunteers was Vicki Langdale, a nurse whose son, Jarrod Little, of Lakeside, Texas, was killed in Iraq. Also helping out was Simri Casas, whose boyfriend is deployed overseas.

As she distributed packages of instant coffee, Casas said she had volunteered to give back and “to let (the troops) know that we love them and that we’re thankful for what they do.”

Operation: With Love from Home also sends care packages for Valentine’s Day and during the summer.

In the nearby community, volunteers with American Canyon Troop Support have been sending care packages every month for the past decade to soldiers deployed overseas. The group sends around packages every month, or about 700 parcels a year.

For Christmas, the volunteers packaged and shipped two boxes for each of 57 soldiers on the list. One box contained a 3-foot-tall artificial Christmas tree with ornaments, lights, and decorations including a Santa hat.

The other box was filled with hygiene items, holiday candy, blank holiday cards with pens, hot chocolate and hot apple cider packages, and cups of homemade fudge.

I’m Bill Maier, wishing you a Merry Christmas from Shine.FM!

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