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      Donations needed to get care boxes to troops

      Boxes full of goodies for soldiers overseas are packed and ready to go, but the non-profit organization sending them has used up all its funds for postage.

      Luan Martin has been sending care boxes ever since the war in Vietnam. Her passion has since begun the non-profit organization Care Boxes for Our Troops, which adopts a troop and sends them packages until they come home.

      "A box to them means the people- the American people- are still thinking about them and still know they're over there," Martin said.

      According to Martin, thousands of soldiers have benefitted from the care boxes. Items from chap stick and lotion to CDs and books are packed for the soldiers, as well as snacks and other personal hygiene items.

      "There's 13 men in the troop," Martin added. "We can send to a chaplain in Afghanistan. I've got things for women's items, also."

      Martin said Care Boxes for Our Troops spent $9,000 in postage last year, and as of right now, the funds have run out. She said she is hoping the community will donate funds so more postage can be purchased.

      "We do have one son- his parents live here in town. This is his third tour and he's in Afghanistan. They're out in the middle of nowhere. They don't have a PX, they can't go get their snacks."

      Items people use every day, Martin pointed out, can be what get soldiers through every moment.

      "They're fighting against the terrorists over there so they don't have the terrorists come over here."

      Items for the care boxes can be donated at the People's Federal Credit Union located at Hillside and Coulter. Money donations can be made via the Care Boxes for Our Troops Facebook page- it specifically needs to be stated that the donation is for care boxes.

      Martin will have a booth set up at the Junk Hippy Roadshow on Saturday, July 21, at the Amarillo Civic Center.

      Martin emcourages anyone with questions to email her at militaryhelp@yahoo.com.