Local charity sends over 200 care packages for the troops - WNEM TV 5

Local charity sends over 200 care packages for the troops

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

Thanksgiving is days away but a group of moms say it’s not too early to be thinking about Christmas, especially for men and women deployed overseas.

“Just to bring a smile to their face. To know that someone back home, even someone they don't know cares about them,” Debi Ullom said.

Ullom started the Midland-based group “Aaron’s Gifts from Home” in memory of her son who died while on tour in Afghanistan in 2011.

She said she opened the organization because it’s something that Aaron always wanted her to do.

“I think it stuck with me the whole time. He said, ‘I can't believe there are people out there, that don't even know me, that care enough to send me a care package,’” Ullom remembered.

Dozens of volunteers gathered this weekend making sure every box was filled to the very top.

The group will send off over 200 boxes filled with everything from sweets, to beef jerky, to Christmas stockings.

Andrew Upleger said he was close with Aaron, and as a former deployed service member, he knows what these care packages mean so much to the people receiving them.

“It's awesome! It's a great reelection of Aaron and great reflection of the family in general. Very giving. It's awesome,” Upleger said.

All of the gifts sent to the troops are collected through donations.

Ullom said while the Christmas package is the largest, they send goodie bags all year long. She said she's thankful for everyone stepping up to help.

For more information about Aaron’s Gifts from Home, click here

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