WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) – Christmas can be a difficult time for those serving overseas away from their families, but volunteers in Wichita want to help by providing Christmas care packages.
“It’s part of the hardships we endure,” said Jonas Fiant with the U.S. Air Force, “It’s honestly one of the reasons we put on the uniform in the morning and one of the things we’re willing to do and sacrifice.”
Out the roughly 450,000 men and women serving overseas, more than half don’t receive care packages.
Volunteer Kansas and NCRI, National Catastrophe Restoration, want to change that. Volunteers will collect items to be packaged and sent to troops as part of Presents in a Package.
“It’s really important to us that those men and women who are serving during the holiday season from Kansas get something from home.” said Nola Brown with Volunteer Wichita.
Donations can be dropped off at National Catastrophe Restoration Inc at 8447 E. 35th St. N. in Wichita until November 8.
“We’re looking for things like wet wipes, hygiene items, they love snack food items, things that won’t break in the mail,” said Brown.
Christmas decorations and cards made by Wichita elementary school students will be included in the packages.
Money can be donated to the postage fund. Each care package costs $18.45 to ship. Online donations can be made at www.facebook.com/volunteerkansas/ or checks can be mailed to:
PO Box 781598
Wichita, KS 67278
Wichitans can also donate their time to the cause. Sign up to volunteer at www.volunteerkansas.org. There will be two volunteer shifts on November 8, 2019 from 10 a.m. – noon or from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Volunteers will spend the day sorting items and putting the care packages together. There is no age requirement for volunteers, children are welcome to make cards and help with the packing.
“They always talk about how it really made them feel special to know that people from Kansas at home are thinking about them.”
Families can provide addresses of loved ones serving overseas so they can receive care packages. Submit names of deployed Kansas troops to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 4.
During the event on November 8, there will be food trucks and prize giveaways. Organizers hope to pack and send 400 care packages.
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