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Apex teens pack goodies for troops

Posted December 21, 2009
Updated December 22, 2009

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— To support the thousands of North Carolina troops serving overseas, an army of young volunteers gathered in Apex recently for a “care package party." The Triangle chapter of the Blue Star Mothers organized the event.

In an assembly line at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, teens packed socks, playing cards, beef jerky, trail mix, popcorn and pudding.

Teens pack care for soldiers overseas Teens pack care for soldiers overseas

They put gifts for female soldiers into boxes marked with an “F.” 

"They have the smelly lotions, smelly shampoo, hairbrushes, shower caps and things that remind them that they're a woman while they are still serving our country," Patti Elliot, of Blue Star Mothers of America, explained.

The Blue Star Mothers are proud military moms who put their time and effort into granting requests from troops. Those who have served in the military say hand-packed goodies from home remind them they have not been forgotten.

“When you're out in the field, you're in the dirt, you're in the grime, you tend to forget your humanity a little bit, and this brings it back home to them,” veteran Chuck Spain said.

“If we can lighten and brighten their day just a little bit, we've served our purpose,” Elliot said.

Many of the teens who took part in the packing party had someone special in mind.

“I have a cousin who is in the Army right now and I send care packages like this to him all the time,” Nicholas Pizzuro said.

“He always sends messages back like, ‘Thank you. I used those wipes today out in the field to wipe down my gun and what not.’ It really makes me happy to know we are helping soldiers who are putting their lives on the line over there."

The teens at St. Andrew put together 140 boxes to be sent to troops.

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  • Roadmeat Dec 21, 2009

    If you want to get involved with supporting our troops check out http://www.soldiersangels.org/ we have all kinds of programs that support deployed troops and their families. I have adopted a number of soldiers through Soldiers' Angels, it is a great thing to be able to give something back.

  • whyalltheproblems Dec 21, 2009

    It is absolutely awesome!!!!

    I just wish that we'd find out about it before so others could contribute to it. I'm sure there's a way to find out, but it would be nice.

    Either way, teens, Blue Star Moms, you guys are awesome!

  • Mr William Dec 21, 2009

    Way to go....as I remember my care pkgs of 40 years ago, waiting for Bob Hope show to start in sunny S. Vietnam, at our 25th Div Base Camp. Annne-Margret sang Silent Night in the hot sun. Three escorted aircraft brought the show to us.

    Mail, stuff from home means so, so much!!!

    THANKS teens! Gary

  • freedomgal Dec 21, 2009

    Thank you Teens ! I need to get motivated to collect those
    items to send . My son may be over there in a year. Merry
    Christmas ! Thanks again !

  • BubbaDuke Dec 21, 2009

    Great job kids!