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10,000th Care Package

Adriana Garcia

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Soldiers in the military may receive care packages from their loved ones back home.  These packages may contain Visa, Mastercard, or American Express gift cards, letters from their loved ones, food, and many other assortments of items.  However, not all soldiers get these packages.  One military mom heard of this from her two sons in the military, and took action.  

Mother LeAnn Boudwine, who has two sons of her own in the military, hears from them that not all soldiers are lucky enough to receive care packages like they do.  She, with the help of her friends, began sending care packages to troops.  

10 years ago, Boudwine started a charity called Support the Troops WI, and her care package mission later joined the charity’s doings.  

This charity started from her own basement, and its development is astonishing.  The organization is now run by hard working volunteers, including many veterans.  

Within the ten years of their work, Support the Troops WI has delivered 10,000 care packages to those who deserve them greatly.  

“I never thought I’d send 10,000 care packages,” Boudwine tells Babble (https://www.babble.com/parenting/leann-boudwine-care-packages-troops/ ).  “I’m just a mom who wanted to help.” She then admits, “I really can’t believe that we have come this far. I never take for granted the donations … no one could do this alone, it takes a village. Or in my case a caring, giving, compassionate community.”

When she was asked why she does this, she admits it’s because of the letters she receives from the grateful troops.  “Soldiers tell us how good it makes them feel to know that we are thinking about them. I get teary just thinking about it.”

It’s not common to come across someone who does a good thing for purely selfless reasons.  LeAnn Boudwine’s mission in supporting our troops and recognizing them by sending these simple packages, it’s refreshing.

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