Holiday Packages Aimed at Troops; Nonprofits 'Fill Gap' for Yule
Byline: Kristi Moore, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Holiday cheer will make its way overseas, thanks to more than 300 nonprofit groups working to send cards, care packages and holiday stockings to American troops and their families worldwide.
"It's so powerful because there are some of our military members who don't have family back home, and the American people step in and fill that gap," said Allison Barber, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs. "For them to see the amount of support from the folks back at home gives them a tremendous boost."
Some groups are sending transportable decorated trees or hand-made holiday stockings to thousands of troops. Their work has been under way since July to fill the stockings with things such as books, CDs and DVDs.
"We try to bring a little bit of home to them," said Sharon Rainey, the president and founder of the Great Falls, Va.-based Neighbors International Foundation, which sends holiday decorations. …