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Military Sons Tell Mom Not Every Soldier Gets Care Packages Like Them So She Sends 10,000 Boxes

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

LeAnn Boudwine has two sons in the military. She would support them by sending care packages in the mail.

After receiving one package, LeAnn’s sons told her the heartbreaking truth: not everyone serving our country gets care packages.

In fact, many of the men and women who serve don’t get anything at all.

“A lot of soldiers are supporting their families at home and their families are not able to do this,” LeAnn said.

That’s when LeAnn decided to get organized. She got volunteers, neighbors, families and their children, and even veterans to help pack items to send overseas.

The mother is ready to send out her 10,000th package. These latest boxes even have a Christmas theme.

Volunteer Chris Bergstresser said creating the care packages was important “to understand that we need to support them because they are over there fighting for us.”

Carrie Stelzer donates her time and efforts because her nephew, who has been a recipient, is fighting for our country.

“He thinks it’s really neat that he gets a part of home,” Carrie said.

LeAnn has no intention of stopping at 10,000 boxes. In fact, she is still collecting donated items and money for shopping fees on her website.

“I’ll do it for as long as I can,” she said.

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