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Longview VFW Send Soldiers Holiday Packages

Bringing a little bit of holiday cheer to our military overseas, was the objective of a care package campaign by a group in Longview Sunday.  The Ladies Auxiliary of Longview VFW Post 1183 wanted to do more than just send necessities for the holidays to servicemen and women in Iraq.  They wanted to send part of home.

"To know that you're doing anything to make life better for these young men and women, there's no way of expressing how it makes you feel," said Auxiliary President Diana Motley.  "If you can give them one little minute of joy."  This year the care packages will go to an Air Force unit.  Not just razors and toiletries, but decorations and even a tree, so the soldiers can have a real Christmas.

"The main thing they wanted was games, something to do on their off time and Christmas decorations, something to make it feel like home," said Motley.  For Vietnam Veteran Brad Bemis, who's involved in the program, it's a chance to show these troops something his generation never got.  Support from home.

"Especially being away from home at Christmas time, Thanksgiving, being away from their families, it behooves us to do what we can to help them and support them in what they're doing," said Bemis.  They want our military to know that they will be thought of and loved during the holidays.

"Somebody cares," said Motley.  "We're here for them.  We hope they all make it home safe, and we'll be here standing behind them when they get here."  The care packages will be mailed Monday and should reach the troops in Iraq in ten days.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com


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