Fairchild airman thankful for care packages overseas




Posted on November 8, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 9:00 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. – KREM 2 hopes to collect enough items to pack into more than 400 care packages to send to men and women serving overseas this holiday season.
“Treats 2 Troops” begins Friday, Nov. 8 and continues through Nov. 22, in order to give the packages time to travel overseas before Christmas.

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In the packages, we will include everything from toys to toiletries and beef jerky to power bars. But many troops, including Sgt. Benjamin Stratton, said it’s the homemade cards from school-aged children they like most.
“Some of them you can’t really read ‘cause they’re still learning how to write, but it was still, the intent was there,” Stratton said. “Even the little ones care about what you’re doing and understand that we’re important, just as much as they’re important.”
Stratton returned back to Fairchild Air Force Base about a month ago after spending five months in Southwest Asia. He says the gifts – no matter what they are – boost moral.
He said the items in the boxes also brought some color to a place where it’s hard to find.
“Downrange, the air is beige-colored. The buildings are beige-colored. And, obviously, the ground is beige-colored,” Stratton said. “It was great to see any kind of color, so when those care packages come and you see all the different colors. To see something other than the same color is just an amazing feeling.”
For more information on contributing to this year’s “Treats 2 Troops” click here