Hundreds of volunteers spent the day packing up boxes of care packages to send to local troops overseas. But, after receiving fewer donations than expected, organizers say there's a chance Santa may not visit as many troops as they had hoped.
"The holidays is the most depressing time to be away from your family. You just want to sit in your room and do nothing but cry," said David Dunn who served overseas in the army over a decade ago. But he still remembers how it felt to receive a care package from home at Christmas. "These packages were the best thing we could have gotten. It meant a lot to us to be away from our family to have that since of home, that feeling of home."
Monday, Dunn joined over 200 volunteers at the Bay City Armory to pack up boxes of care packages for "Send Santa to the troops".
The Yellow Ribbon Guard planned to send packages to 1300 area troops serving overseas during the holidays. But organizers say they haven't gotten enough donations to reach that goal.
"There's no way we're going to make 1300 care packages today for each solider. We're looking at possibly packing 750. That's our goal for today," commented Melissa Alex, co-founder of Yellow Ribbon Guard.
There are some donations that won't be shipped out Monday. Organizers say they don't have the money to pay to ship several golf clubs and golf balls. But they hope more donations will come in soon, so Santa can still send them to the troops ... even if it's after Christmas.
"Even if they are a little late, a mass amount of care packages coming in would be a big morale boost for them. So at this point to make sure that everybody on our list receives a package is what we're willing to do," said Alex.
Dunn agrees ... saying receiving a package from the community while serving overseas is more about "if" it arrives ... than "when".
"These packages, put a smile on our faces and makes us feel good. Makes us feel like we're thought of and that we're important enough to pack this package," commented Dunn.
The Yellow Ribbon Guard will continue to accept donations at the Bay City Armory. Monetary donations can be sent to Yellow Ribbon Guard, P.O. Box 11, Reese, MI 48757.
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