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North Carolina nonprofit sends care packages to troops overseas

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An organization called Step Up For Soldiers partnered with media outlets to send care packages to soldiers overseas. Amy Elliott, from our sister station News 14 Carolina, shows us how volunteers down south are trying their best to give the troops a reason to smile.

NORTH CAROLINA -- Opening a package of socks or toothpaste may not cause the average citizen to jump for joy. But for a soldier, these items can be a cause for celebration.

SSG Philip Martin Dallas of the U.S. Army National Guard said, "When I was overseas, we would get packages from church groups, from people we didn't even know and it boosted morale up so much."

He says little items can make a huge difference in their quality of life.

"It's like a little treasure box,” Dallas said. “You find out you have a little something in there for yourself and makes you think of something back home. "

And that is why Step Up For Soldiers, along with a group of volunteers, packed those treasure boxes to the brim.

Volunteer Chad Adams said, "These guys are putting their lives on the line and this is a way to remind that that we haven't forgotten about them. Everything you see behind me, when they open these up in one of the harshest environments on Earth, it connects them to us."

They make sure to send unique items that are hard to come by on base, as well as normal comfort items, like candy or playing cards.
"They're out in the wild protecting our freedom and it's important for them to continue their job. And if we can help them in any way, we will," said Thomas Russell of Step Up For Soldiers.

Dallas said, "For them to take their personal time out, I commend every one of them. It is a valued and honored, honored thing to do."

But according to these volunteers, the pleasure is theirs and the only ones who deserve honor are the men and women fighting for our freedom.

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