Volunteers spread holiday cheer to soldiers overseas

Operation Homefront prepares more than 70 gift baskets for soldiers abroad

The holidays are a time when many families get to gather and exchange presents, but for soldiers serving abroad that isn’t possible.

In an effort to spread a little holiday cheer, Operation Homefront volunteers worked hard Wednesday preparing care packages to send to servicemen and women overseas.

Event organizers said they couldn’t do it  without the help of the volunteers.

“It all just comes together and we always have everything we need. It’s very special that we get so many people involved and makes it possible.” Patti Lokken, the director of communications at Operation Homefront Midwest, said.

Amy Alysworth’s husband is stationed abroad; she said participating in the event brings her comfort.

“Participating in something like this just gives me great pride and a lot of support, support to know that my husband is being thought of.” Alysworth said.

The items going into the packages have been donated over the last few weeks by individuals, schools, church groups and numerous local businesses.

The packages will be delivered to the soldiers just before Christmas.