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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) - It is the season of giving--but there is a group of people that are sometimes forgotten about. At the same time, they are some of the most important people to remember this holiday season. If you want to give this season, but just do not know how, you can join the city of Jeffersonville in donating items to soldiers overseas.
"I'd just like to do anything we can to make them feel a little bit more homey while they're away and let them know they're appreciated, especially this time of year," said Sarah Green,
Sarah Green opens up her heart to helping animals. But recently, she sent a care package to a longtime friend, Bryan Cox, a marine serving in Afghanistan. "My husband and I decided to send him a couple of packages of food. And he was so excited about it when he got it, I thought, I wonder if everybody else gets that, and I asked him about it and he said, not always." She pushed even more. "And then I said, 'how many are in your unit?' And he said, 'There's 70 in our shop.' And I thought maybe we can swing 70."
But Green knew she would need some help. Green asked the city of Jeffersonville to step in. Judith VanGilder, assistant to Mayor Mike Moore, started getting the word out and buying items immediately, including packages of socks--which she set on her desk without any thought. "People started coming in and saying, well what are you doing with socks on your desk, and I said it's for the soldiers," said VanGilder.
The mayor's office has a good stockpile of crackers, snacks, deodorant, shampoo, and other toiletries.
But it is still not enough. Green says to think beyond the essentials. She says soldiers enjoy getting things that are fun, like a football. In fact, someone brought three by, signed by Chris Redman, a former U of L and NFL player.
Other ideas include crossword puzzles and playing cards. "Everyday you see something bad about somebody being killed. Our guys," said VanGilder. "We just want them to know, because this guy said some of the guys get gifts and others don't. these are for the ones that don't get gifts."
You can drop items off at the J.B. Ogle Shelter or the Jeffersonville Mayor's Office.