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Montana Soldier Care Packages

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The Laurel community is coming together to bring deployed Montana soldiers a little hometown love.

Beginning shortly after 9/11, the Laurel Hometown Troops started out of a community's desire to show thanks to those who put their life on the line for the country.

"Each box that we send has enough stuff to make a nice, big, party for the unit or the barracks or wherever it lands. For our soldier to share," says the organization's president, Ranae Marshall.

Community members of all ages came together to build packages with items ranging from Christmas decorations and cookies, to bouncy balls and sticks of gum.

"I think it's great that the boys are still going over and volunteering like that. I know if I could, I would," said long time volunteer, Dorothy Barnes.

Veterans involved, lent not only a caring touch to these packages, but an added level of understanding for those deployed. "All they have over there is their gear. If it's hot, they're wearing forty some pounds of combat gear, plus their weapons. And all they've got to do is talk to each other," said Vietnam veteran, Daniel Nelson.

Youngsters were even touched enough to help; learning what it means to be a patriot no matter the age. "It's a great honor for me to help the troops and I hope that they do good in the war and keep our country safe and free," said Robert Broere.

Providing a little taste of home for those who put their lives on the line every day, gave a sense of not only accomplishment, but also true thankfulness to kick off the holiday season.