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Donations have been collected, but they still need to be packed.
Christmas for Our Troops has wrapped up donation collections and is now seeking volunteers to help pack up items at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at First Christian Church. Volunteers will be packing 500 boxes which will go to soldiers in Afghanistan.
This is the 11th year for the program, which is aimed at ensuring soldiers fighting for our country are not forgotten during the holiday season.
â€śIt all started with five boxes and a group of guys thinking we need to send those guys on the ground over there fighting for us some Christmas,â€ť Scott Davis, founder of CFOT, said.
This yearâ€™s box pack-up day is extra special according to CFOT representatives because it not only recognizes those serving today, but will be a reminder of those who fought during World War II, as the pick up will take place on the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
â€śThe similarities between the U.S. Efforts after Dec. 7, 1941 and Sept. 11, 2001, are obvious. On both occasions, after our country was attacked on our shores, American men and women took up arms and traveled to far away lands in order to protect the liberties we, as Americans, have enjoyed since the founding of our country. Just as we honor those men and women currently in harmâ€™s way, we never forget those veterans of the wars that went before,â€ť quoted in an article provided by Stephanie Sparkman, public relations coordinator for CFOT.
The program has grown to a size Davis never imagined, but the modest and humble beginnings are only part of what makes this program such a success.
â€śPeople want to say thank you to these soldiers. We are just providing a venue for them to do that,â€ť Davis said.
â€śWe canâ€™t allow what happened with our Vietnam vets to happen again. We owe these soldiers more than we can possibly ever pay them. We are able to do what we do everyday because people sacrifice for us. They are willing to give their legs, arms, eyesight and intellect on our behalf.â€ť
To volunteer or find out more information, contact Debbie Burrow at 432-267-7165 or 432-270-8554.
â€śWe owe it to our military to let them know they havenâ€™t been forgotten,â€ť Burrow said. â€śThis is our first time packing so we are hoping that Big Spring will do it big.â€ť
Contact Staff Writer Amanda Moreno at 263-7331 ext. 234 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org