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RADCLIFF, Ky. (WDRB) - The holidays are over, but a Kentucky National Guard Unit is still asking for care packages overseas.
When you think of Afghanistan--sweltering heat may come to mind, and that is right--in the summer it can reach well past 100 degrees.
But right now, many cities in Afghanistan are in the low teens and 20s. Retired soldier Juan Guzman learned the hard way that Afghanistan is not always brutally hot.
"I was like oh it's going to be 130 (degrees) all year and the first winter I had no cold weather gear," Guzman laughed.
Government issued items weren't enough to battle sub-zero temperatures in the mountains. "I did receive care packages which were a blessing," said Guzman.
"The hand and foot warmers are like gold over there," said Christy Faulkner, who started Operation Resilient Warrior to support our military in many different ways. One of the most rewarding parts of her job is sending care packages each month. But recently, she got a special request from The Kentucky Guard Ag-5 unit. "We were talking about we got a little bit of snow, they got a lot of snow and they were relaying to me that they were looking at negative temperatures. So they were asking if you're going to send us boxes can they be warm items," Faulkner said.
As she and other volunteers load up boxes to send out Friday, they'll add in a few favorites like tea, coffee, hot drinks and even hot sauce.
Fresh socks are essential. Many of the desired items can fit in cargo pockets and backpacks. The soldiers can be out on patrol with little shelter for 2 weeks, and fresh socks are essential. "A lot of these guys are infantry so they walk everywhere they go," said Faulkner. "It's important that their feet stay warm and dry."
And the packages are not just for physical warmth. "From what I've heard, from everyone when we send the blankets over it's like something from home and they can never have enough of that stuff," Faulkner explained.