Berlin nonprofit plans second shipment of care packages to deployed soldiers

Berlin nonprofit plans second shipment of care packages to deployed soldiers

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BERLIN — Hero Boxes is planning another shipment of care packages to soldiers overseas.

Since the nonprofit prepared its annual supply of care packages on Thanksgiving — its largest shipment yet at 607 boxes — more soldiers have asked if their units could receive supplies as well.

“What am I going to say, ‘No I only send boxes once a year?’” said Karen Cote, the group’s founder.

Hero Boxes will again set up at the former Blockbuster location at 1041 Farmington Ave. through the end of February and is looking for the usual donation items, including water flavor enhancers, travel size wet wipes, sunscreen sticks, deodorant, energy bars and snacks. She’s aiming to send around 200 boxes. Volunteers are needed to help sort donations and package them.

Two of the soldiers asking for care packages are serving in Iraq, another is in Afghanistan and one is a Navy sailor. .

“I never sent to the Navy before, so I'm very excited,” she said.

Cote reported that the sailor said many of her fellow shipmates are younger and don’t have spouses that send them supplies.

“It really makes them feel good that they have the hometown support and people care,” said Peter Galgano, secretary of the town Veterans Commission. “And plus the things they get are things they can't really get for themselves overseas wherever they are and it helps them live life a little bit better while being deployed.”

Members of the commission work with the Girl Scouts to send boxes of cookies in the Hero Boxes.

“It makes me proud. Proud and happy to see how the community in Berlin comes together to take care and support our veterans who are overseas,” he said.
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