Hartford woman to send 10,000 care package to the troops

A Hartford mom is about to send her 10,000th care package to the troops.

She has been doing this for more than a decade with the non-profit she started called Support the Troops WI.

LeAnn Boudwine started by sending items to her son in the military.  They told her there were a lot of men and women serving our country who never received care packages, so she made it her mission to change that. 

"A lot of soldiers are supporting their families at home and their families are not able to do this," Boudwine said.

Now 9,958 packages later as of Monday night, Boudine is getting ready to mail out her 10,000th package. This night is mainly items for Christmas but she packs boxes year round with volunteers.

Some like Chris Bergstresser are former military members themselves. He even brings his young sons to help out.

"To understand where their freedom is coming from. To understand that we need to support them because they are over there fighting for us," Bergstresser said when he explained to his son why they come to help.

Other including the Stelzers, who have donated the space, have seen their nephews get sent items.

"He thinks it's really neat that he gets a part of home," said Carrie Stelzer.

Which is why Boudwine might hit package number 10,000 but that is nowhere near the end for her.

"I'll do it for as long as I can," Boudwine said.

The volunteers ran out of items to pack so they could not hit 10,000 boxes Monday night. You can give them donations at their drop off site or give money for shipping. The information is all on their website.

 

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