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Care packages sent to overseas troops

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A soldier raises his hand to ask a question to U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at FOB Walton in Afghanistan
A soldier raises his hand to ask a question to U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at FOB Walton in Afghanistan

HARTFORD, Wisc (WSAU)  A group in Hartford has sent out its 5,000th care package to Wisconsin troops serving overseas. The program is called “Support the Troops-Wisconsin,” and it ships out comfort items for troops that range from Chunky Soup and T-shirts to toothbrushes and bug spray.

LeAnn Boudwine started the project six years ago, after her son in Iraq said some of his friends got very little mail from back home. She assumed she would send about 100 care packages right away, and be done with it. But once the word got out, more of the folks back home wanted to donate. Boudwine asked her local V-F-W and American Legion posts to raise money for the packages, and the costs of shipping them. And folks have never stopped donating comfort items. Boudwine figures that her group has spent $56,0000 on postage. And her son, Marine Sergeant David Scott, says the troops are touched and gratified. Scott says it’s an “indescribable” feeling to get a care package because quote, “It feels like you’re home, even if it’s only for a second.”

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