Submitted by IE on Thu, 08/01/2013 - 1:30pm.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Thank you to everyone who donated to this year's Step up for Soldiers Packages from Home drive. Today volunteers packed up food, toiletries and other items into care packages for our troops. They loaded 58 boxes to the brim and readied them to be sent to the men and women serving our country overseas. "It's important to the troops, because some of these guys are on the side of cliffs and not in the big compounds that they're used to," Step up for Soldiers founder Tom Russell said. "So we try to send things that are easy to eat, easy to clean and easy to carry." If you missed this summer's care package drive and would like to donate to Step up for Soldiers, the next event will take place before Christmas.

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