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6,000th care package sent to troops

Posted: October 18, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 18, 2012 2:00 a.m.

A group of volunteers fill boxes with snacks, toiletries, magazines and DVDs to be sent to troops overseas from Christian Lutheran Church in Valencia. The church filled it's 6,000th box on Tuesday night. For the story, see A6.

More than eight years of work resulted in a new milestone this week as volunteers at Valencia’s Christ Lutheran Church packed their 6,000th care package to ship to troops overseas.

The project started as an effort by two women, Karolle Blackson and Teresa Koch, who would get together and ship out boxes periodically.

Now the group has about 150 members from both the church and the community and ships out 50 boxes a month, Blackson said.

She said she never envisioned the project getting this large, but she has no plans of quitting any time soon.

“I feel called to do something that would help our community work together, and this is what it is,” Blackson said.

The contents of each box vary depending on the time of year, Blackson said. For instance, soft candy cannot be sent to Afghanistan in the summer, as it will melt in the heat.

Some standard items in each box include toiletries, such as deodorant and baby wipes, packets of beef jerky and water-flavoring packets.

The group is also sending over fall and Thanksgiving decorations in boxes to help troops celebrate the holidays.

“If you can put something in a box that makes them feel like home, why wouldn’t you?” Blackson asked.

The 6,000th box was packed at the church Tuesday night.



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