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Step up for Soldiers looks for community support


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- During the holidays they are thousands of miles from home fighting for our country. That's why Step up for Soldiers sends care packages to our troops overseas. And they need your help to do it.

Step up for Soldiers has been sending Packages from Home since 2005. Now they are now taking care of Marines in Afghanistan. They need personal items that are easy to carry, open and use.

Tom Russell with Step up for Soldiers stopped by our studios this morning. He said it's important to get the entire community involved in this program.

"We're all in this together, no matter what your belief, we're all in this together," Russell said. "And this is our military, and it's somebody's son or daughter, brother, father, sister, mother. They're all out there so we should be taking care of our own."

You can drop off your gifts until January 3 here at WWAY on North Front Street. For a wish list of items needed, check out

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All should help

Why doesn't the area schools and churches all get involved with this one.It would be a great teaching lesson for the children. and what about all the local hotels. The hotels all have small personal items IE soaps, hand lotions, shampoos, razors etc.... If each hotel gave some the boxes for the soldiers would be packed..

We all have to help....