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Care packages bound for Vt. Guard members

Essex Junction, Vermont - September 1, 2010

Vermont soldiers are getting a special delivery.

"Some people can't, don't have family or can't afford to get stuff overseas, and it's nice for us to do that for them," volunteer Michelle Rayta said.

And thousands of people donated money for the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation to send care packages to the troops overseas.

"We set a goal of raising $75,000 to buy all the items plus the cost of the shipping," said Brig. Gen. Steven Cray of the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation.

Starting in mid-September, troops will receive care packages.

Revision Eyewear put its own business on hold Wednesday to pack the boxes the soldiers will open.

More than 1,500 care packages will be delivered to guardsmen and airmen in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, that includes sun block, and Darn Tough socks.

"They told us really, these are the items we most use. That's what we went out and purchased," Cray said.

Bobbie Sue Fay is one of the assemblers. She says the project hits home.

"My husband is part of the 86th brigade. So he'll be getting one of these packages," she said.

She says volunteers taking time to help those serving their country is remarkable.

"I think it's great, even if my husband wasn't getting one. I think it's just a great way to say thank you," Fay said.

"This is a way for Vermonters to say that we're still thinking about you, we still care, and we're wishing for your speedy return home to Vermont," Cray said.

And that return can't come soon enough.

"He's ready to come home though," Fay said.

Click here for more on the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation and how to donate.

Melinda Davenport - WCAX News

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