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LeAnn Boudwine's Care Packages to Troops Near 10,000 Mark

LeAnn Boudwine's Care Packages to Troops Near 10,000 Mark

In this Nov. 4, 2017 photo, volunteer Sandra Kelly prepares boxes for shipment to U.S. military personnel at the Support the Troops headquarters in Hartford, Wisconsin. The charity organization founded by LeAnn Boudwine 11 years ago hopes to send their 10,000th care package by the end of the year. (Jill Badzinski/West Bend Daily News via AP)

Thursday, 30 November 2017 06:32 PM

LeAnn Boudwine started sending care packages to overseas U.S. military members 11 years ago, and she hopes to send her 10,000th package before the end of the year. 

Boudwine started Support The Troops when she learned from her sons that some of their fellow soldiers weren’t receiving any gifts, The Associated Press reported. She began sending troops packages from her home with the help of her friends.

The operation eventually expanded and now operates out of donated space in the basement of a local business.

“It started small, but the more we heard how much it meant to these heroes to know that people back home had not forgotten about them, the more it keep growing and growing,” Boudwine said. “We never thought we’d still be doing it, but there are so few groups like ours that it would break our hearts to stop.”

Volunteers from around the area help Boudwine assemble the packages.

“The community support throughout the year has been overwhelming,” she said.

Packages are filled with donated items such as candy, nonperishable food, activity books, DVDs, personal care items, clothing and holiday items.

“When people ask what we need, I say that they need all of those little things that we take for granted in our daily lives,” Boudwine said.

Boudwine hopes to send the charity’s 10,000th care package by the end of the year.

“When I say that number, I have a hard time believing it,” she said.

While the group sends out many packages during the holidays, packages are also sent throughout the year, Boudwine said.

“Why do we do this? Because of the letters we get,” she said. “Soldiers tell us how good it makes them feel to know that we are thinking about them. I get teary just thinking about it.”

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LeAnn Boudwine started sending care packages to overseas U.S. military members 11 years ago, and she hopes to send her 10,000th package before the end of the year.
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