Dec. 17 was the cut-off day for Move America Forward to get 350 care packages to the post office with the guarantee they’d be there by Christmas. As the boxes sat in a trailer Dec. 16, waiting to be shipped the next day, some Christmas ne’er do well broke the trailer’s lock and stole 25 of the packages, all of them intended for soldiers in Afghanistan.
Scott Raab, outreach coordinator for Move America Forward, said the contents of the boxes were probably worth around $5,000, but the cost isn’t the issue. The care packages were intended to give soldiers a reminder of the comforts of home, he said. And, since the boxes were all individually addressed, there will be 25 soldiers going without this year.
“We pack pretty much everything in there,” Raab told ABCnews.com, “deodorant, coffee, candy. But also notes from school kids here at home thanking them for their service, Christmas cards, everything we can.”
Raab, who is himself a veteran of the U.S. Navy, said the packages really mean a lot to soldiers serving overseas who miss the creature comforts we take for granted at home.
“This can mean the whole world to these troops. We send packages year-round, but during the holidays it’s even more special. And we get some of the packages out to specific soldiers whose family is not able, for whatever reason, to send them anything.”
Source: Joshua Gardner for ABC News
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by Tactical-Life / Dec 19, 2012