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Hundreds Stuff Care Packages For Troops

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SHARPTOWN, Md. - About 300 people packed the Sharptown Fireman's Memorial Building Sunday, stuffing care packages to be sent to troops deployed overseas. 

"It's the least we could do," says Bill Turner, a Boy Scout troop leader, who came with his family.

This year is full of firsts for Daria Brumbley.  Her son Morgan was first deployed to Afghanistan in March.  He's the first member of their family to join the military, and this Sunday was her first time helping Operation We Care stuff care packages for soldiers.
     
Holding back tears, Brumbley says "as I was filling my box for my son I just realized that this is so important, to support our troops over there and that they know that we're thinking about then here.  And it's not just Mom and Dad doing it, it's a whole community coming together, supporting our troops and it's just overwhelming today to see the live here today."

The goal is to send about 800 boxes to the troops in Afghanistan.  While those packages might be filled with simple, inexpensive things like toiletries, snacks, and magazines, Operation We Care Coordinator Jeff Merritt says just the thought behind sending a box, is worth more than what's inside.

"When somebody that the soldier does not know took the time out of their day to pack a box, that really means a lot," says Merritt.

Ali Townsend's husband, Sgt.. Daniel Townsend, has been in Afghanistan for almost a year.  He left when their son, Jacob, was just seven months old.  Thanks to technology, the Townsend's have been able to send pictures and video to each other throughout his deployment, and this day, Operation We Care helped bringing the family together again, through a surprise Skype conversation.

On a projection screen in the middle of the packing party, Daniel says to his family "love you buddy...bye baby."
          
"It's overwhelming and it's great," says Ali "I talked to him earlier, and he said he was working today, so I didn't think he's be here and it's nice to see him up there."

Operation We Care holds these packing parties twice a year, and this was actually only the second time they've been able to Skype with troops that have been deployed, but the organization says it will definitely try to make that part a staple of the packing events.

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