Operations Neighbor and Holiday Cheer Support Soldiers

A group of East Texans say they need your help, helping East Texas soldiers.

The volunteers, known as "Operation Neighbor" are packing up gift boxes to send to troops in Iraq. Oeration Neighbor has already sent out one shipment and is looking to expand.

Two weeks ago, four women, Cheri Crum, Brenda Underwood, Kathryn Sanders, and Kim Denson started Operation Neighbor after the idea surfaced during a prayer group meeting. Sanders says it's turned into a mission to make sure East Texas service men and women know they are supported back home. "It's just sending love to someone that we don't know to our soldiers overseas, and saying that we appreciate you. We don't know you but, we appreciate what you're doing."

Operation Neighbor packs up boxes with food and snacks. They also ship extra socks and small gifts. None of the four women who began Operation Neighbor have children or relatives currently in the service. But Brenda Underwood says she can relate to families that do. "We would like for people to join in with us and donate to help us continue to send these boxes, not just for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but year round."

Along with Operation Neighbor, KLTV is launching Operation Holiday Cheer. We would like for East Texans to send us cards, letters, drawings or photos with an up lifting message for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. We will then forward those on to the soldiers in time for Christmas.

For more informaton on how to give to help out our troops this holiday sesason, go to our home page and click on the "Support our Troops" icon.

Stephen Parr, reporting.