Updated 10/04/2012 01:52 PM
Soldiers abroad in need of donations
With some of our troops coming home, donations to those still overseas have dwindled. Organizations like Operation Adopt A Soldier in Wilton are encouraging people to keep on giving because, as our Megan Cruz reports, a little goes a long way when you're a long way from home.
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WILTON, N.Y. -- Terri Perry and Cliff Sequin chair Operation Adopt A Soldier, or OAS. Seguin founded the volunteer-run not-for-profit back in 2003, after his son Steven called with a special request from Afghanistan.
"He wanted some of his homemade cookies, his mother's homemade cookies," said Seguin. "They reminded him of home."
Before long, he said, "We had seven soldiers that wanted to be adopted."
Since then, OAS has sent well over 100,000 care packages to hundreds of soldiers overseas. They're asking for help to mail over more.
"They always need to know that we're here for them," said Seguin. "Bed sheets are requested, sweatshirts, Ramen noodles, Girl Scout cookies, Boy Scout popcorn."
Mike Biss was serving in Afghanistan as an Army major back in 2007 when he received one of their packages.
"Mostly comfort items - things that you really look forward to after a long week on patrol or coming in from the field," said Biss, now retired. "Ramen Noodles especially, nice warm socks, toiletries."
Aside from their headquarters, people can drop off donations at 16 other places, like Clifton Park's Town Hall.
"You look at the thought that went into what's in the package and you can tell that the people who packed it cared what they gave you," said Biss.
Seguin said, "Operation Adopt A Soldier is not about the war, and it's not about the politics. It's about the kid next door, mother or father or family member serving overseas. We just want to send some home to the soldiers."
For a list of the drop off locations, how to make a monetary donation, or volunteer, visit the Operation Adopt A Soldier website or Operation Adopt a Soldier / Project Yellow Ribbon on Facebook.