Support Our Troops Project
We collected donations of items, financial contributions, and volunteer time to help organize the shipments and pack the care packages for our May 2009 shipment to the troops. For this mailing we sent 102 care packages, for 145 male and female soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan (Army, Navy, and Marine Units). In addition to the sports equipment, games, snack food, notebooks, DVD's and toiletries, there were 6 -7 cards for each box hand made by children (Girl Scout Troop 1359, Smith Elementary School and Eisenhower Elementary School). We also included toys and beanie babies to distribute to children.
We started the Hugs From Home - Support Our Troops Project in December 2004 when Post 133 sent boxes of sports equipment to Army soldiers serving in Iraq. Since that first shipment we have mailed 536 care packages, which benefited 5,035 soldiers. Included in these mailings were over 6,000 hand made cards and letters, and over 3,800 pocket flags.