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Operation Santa helps soldiers serving overseas

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Residents in Southwest Missouri are preparing care packages for troops fighting in Afghanistan. 

The annual event is called Operation Santa.

You don't have to travel to the North Pole, instead a gravel road will lead you to Santa's workshop. 

Volunteers filled boxes with stockings full of  candy, food, books, and even dog treats. 

Each box will sent to soldiers stationed at kennel camps.  

"Well your lonely sometimes, you're scared, and your homesick, and if feels wonderful to know that somebody knows your there and your cared about you," said U.S. Marine Veteran Robert Evenson.  

Evenson served from 1968 until 1972. For sometime he was stationed in Cuba on a U.S. Navy Base. 

He says a message from the homeland was the greatest gift while serving. 

"It's big, just a letter and in this case were sending gifts too," said Evenson. 

Camille Graves has been organizing Operation Santa for five years. 

"It means a lot actually my step-father served in Vietnam, he said when he was over there he would of given anything to have one letter he could carry around,  to say somebody card about you," says Graves. 

Before a box is sealed handwritten letters from local school children are placed inside. 

Graves says, "We have a lot of kids that send cards and I hope they read them over-and-over, and remember there's someone over here who thinks about them."
 
 "This is important and they are over in Afghanistan, and their lives are at risk every day, and just to know somebody cares is big," said Evenson. 

Organizers say the troops will receive the gifts before Christmas Day. 

For more information on Operation Santa or how you can help visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/McDonaldCountyOperationSanta?fref=ts

 

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