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"We found out that there were people who were stationed in combat zones who were not getting anything. No mail, no packages, nothing. And my children, and other people who have loved ones over there were heartbroken by that, and of course, so were we," said Lynn Jones.
BOONSBORO, Md. - Home for the Holidays, that's where everyone wants to be.

But there are troops still thousands of miles away, in foreign countries who won't get that chance this year.

And a local military support group is making sure that our service men and women get a little holiday cheer, even if it's just a card.

"We found out that there were people who were stationed in combat zones who were not getting anything. No mail, no packages, nothing. And my children, and other people who have loved ones over there were heartbroken by that, and of course, so were we," said Lynn Jones.

Lynn Jones, military mom and founder of the South Washington County Military Support Group, has been doing this along with dozens of volunteers for 11 years now, and it's a very personal thing for her.

"One of the reasons why we've stuck together, our group, who I'm very proud of, is because it all touched us personally. And sometimes you feel like you need to do something. And this gives you an outlet for that," said Lynn Jones.

They get cards sent in from up and down the East Coast, but Lynn said the four-state area really delivers when it comes to sending patriotic support.

"We are very, very blessed to live in an area that is still very patriotic, and I have to say the four-state area is that," said Lynn.

They actually read over 16,000 cards in just two hours, and they have two more nights during November to read and count more cards. They're hoping to reach 100,000 cards, which is what they usually average.

"If we can just change one person's holiday over there, we did our job," she said.

She said, she doesn't want our troops to be forgotten, especially during these holiday times.

They're still collecting cards until November, 20. 

They're also still looking for donations for care packages. They expect to send 500 to 600 boxes including items like:

Food Items
  • snack crackers in packs
  • tootsie pops/blow pops
  • candy (except chocolate in summer months)
  • instant coffee/tea bags
  • drink mixes for water bottle/canteen
  • granola bars/snack bars
  • gum/holiday candy
  • peanuts/snack mixes in bags
  • beef jerky
  • individually packed cookies and snack bags
  • ramen noodle soups

Other Items
  • puzzle books
  • playing cards
  • small size squirt guns
  • small size nerf balls
  • disposable cameras
  • batteries (aa, aaa, d)
  • new DVD's or CD's
  • writing paper, pens, or envelopes
  • bandanas
  • hand held games
  • non-aerosol bug spray

Personal Items
  • toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • shaving cream
  • hand sanitizer
  • hand wipes
  • shampoo- no large bottles
  • body wash
  • aspirin products
  • cold/flu tablets (over the counter)
  • lip balm
  • sunscreen

**no flammables, glass, aerosols

To donate to the South Washington County Military Support Group, contact Lynn Jones.

And they're hoping to send their 1,000,000 card to troops this year.
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