We held our Christmas Care Package event at the Estherville Armory [recently].
As we sit and read this a soldier overseas is on foot patrol; as we are able to pick up the phone and call friends a soldier is waiting for his down time so he can stand in line to hopefully get online to visit with his family; and so on and on it goes the things we take for granted are those that become difficult or hard to reach when a soldier is away and without the comforts of home.
Family, friends, neighbors, and community members gathered at the Estherville Armory on Saturday, November 20th, to help put together care packages for soldiers serving overseas. It is important for them to receive a little bit of home and this care package event was one of those times that the soldier receives a package with that Taste Of Home. From candy, cookies, and granola bars to reading material, tooth paste, hand wipes, and toilet paper, and finally letters and items from local school children, businesses, and churches. These are just a few of the thousands of items that were donated to this all important drive through individual and group donations as well as through "Operation Military Care" drive held by the Esterville Chamber of Commerce and through the assistance of Gene Haukoos in purchasing and transporting the donations to the Armory. The number of people that showed up to show their support and help package the items was outstanding. From the first steps of sorting all the items, filling and taping packages, filling out customs forms, sharing some social time, then finally cleaning up and walking out of the building was a mere 3.5 hours to pack over 100 boxes. The flow of things with everyone jumping in where needed when done with their first task was an overwhelming site to witness.
Our soldier's Taste of Home packages will be mailed out this next week.
I just want to Sincerely Thank everyone who helped out with the this Care Package event. Without individuals, groups, and organizations willing to step up and help out we could not have made this event happen.
THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!
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