Spokane to assemble 200 care packages to send overseas

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by Breanna Roy & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 11:40 AM

SPOKANE – The squadron that lost three airmen in the KC-135 refueling tanker crash will soon be getting a gift from home.

On Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. dozens of people will gather at the Red Lion at the Park to assemble 200 care packages, including vice commander of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, Col. Marc VanWert.

Each box contains a mix of essentials and entertainment. From razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste to water guns, Silly putty and pop-up frisbees.

Red Lion Hotels planned the event to honor the family members of associates who serve all around the world, but the packages took on an even bigger purpose after the KC-135 tanker crash. Now, Red Lion is designating 50 boxes to go directly to the squadron that lost the three Fairchild airmen.

The final item in each box will be a handwritten note. The packages will be sent overseas to arrive at the Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan within the next month.

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