Soldiers Overseas Get Surprises

"It's all about sending a little bit of home to the guys overseas," Amanda Krohn, a Wal-Mart associate said.

As Krohn folds letters and writes a soldier's name on each one, it makes her realize how far away most soldiers are from their families and how much they'll appreciate these care packages being sent today.

"It puts faces with the people who are over there missing their families fighting for our freedom, and it's nice to be able to send them something to tell them how much we appreciate them," Krohn said.

Northop Grumman employee Marilyn Quinn knows how it feels to miss her son, who just returned with the 890th batallion last month. She knows these care packages will bring added comfort to a place where comfort isn't common.

"Some of these things will make their day-to-day life a little easier, and that's what we want to do," Quinn said.

But these care packages don't contain the usual goodies sent to soldiers. They contain neccessities like chapstick and baby wipes and even bug repellant.

"Things like the baby wipes mean so much to them overseas when you think about the sand and the dirt and the lack of being able to take showers everyday like we do," Krohn said.

Although Marilyn Quinn's son is home to South Mississippi now, she hopes the other soldiers who aren't home will realize how much people here are still thinking about them when they receive these care packages in the mail.

"His being here makes every day better for me, but there's not a days go by I don't think of another mother who is missing her child, her daughter, her son that's off serving, so we're hoping this lets those families know that we all still care," Quinn said.

As the care packages were sealed and sent,the care and support of South Mississippians was sent with the packages, as well.

The care packages will be sent to 10 units deployed out of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. In all, 250 soldiers will be getting care packages. The money to make these packages was left over from collections in December...when Christmas dinner and phone cards were sent to the soldiers overseas.

By: Claire Nelson