Operation Appreciation gets care packages ready

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Lynn Mitchell - email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Volunteers in Longview have begun sorting care packages for U.S. soldiers who are serving overseas.

It is part of Operation Appreciation. It started in 2004 to support soldiers from East Texas. Since then, volunteers have put together hundreds of care packages.

"We remembered our vets from Vietnam, how badly they were treated when they got home," explained Elaine Pinkerton, a volunteer. "We didn't want that to happen to any other young man or woman again, and it's just made it a really wonderful thing for us to do."

The organization still needs monetary donations to fill the 300 packages for about 100 military troops and 14 chaplains. They are short socks and other items.

You can make a monetary donation by calling Linda Reed, Director of Operation Appreciation at 903-806-2900.

They will be shopping Tuesday and Wednesday so the need is now. The items will be packed Saturday and shipped next Tuesday to arrive in time for Independence Day.

Operation Appreciation is a non-profit created in 2004 to send items to troops three times a year.

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