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Operation Thank You Sending 600 Gift Boxes to Troops

KENNEWICK, Wash.  - The local chapter of Operation Thank You is getting ready to send out 600 boxes for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and this shipment includes some special gifts for Iraqi children.

Dozens of volunteers including Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Sea Cadets are spending Thursday and Friday packing boxes with snacks, small gifts and even artificial Christmas trees and decorations for the National Guard's 321st Engineering Unit out of Boise, which also includes soldiers from the Tri Cities area.

"We sorted stuff last night and this room was completely filled with stuff.  They've packed boxes all day.  They started at 10:00 this morning and we'll work tomorrow and get them out and to the post office and on their way to Iraq and Afghanistan," said Operation Thank You Volunteer Doris Ayres.

Those gifts for the Iraqi children are more than 90 Beanie Babies donated by parents of some of the troops who came over from the west side of the state to deliver them.

Operation Thank You always needs monetary and other donations.  Here are some of the things you can donate.  Pretzels, tuna in water with crackers, single-serving apple sauce, Craisins, baked chips, salsa, crackers, snack mixes, Gatorade, microwave pasta, soup mix, nuts, Rice Crispy treats, protein bars, cereal bars, Poptarts, and canned fruit.

Each package costs $8.10 to ship, so your monetary donation is very welcome.  To find out more, click on the link above.