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Minnesota Nice sends record number of packages

Minnesota Nice, a local effort that provides care packages to military personnel during the holiday season, sent a record number of packages this year.
Linda Krueger, who helps coordinate the effort, said that 284 packages were shipped this season, 19 more than were shipped last season.
“We really need to thank everyone who donated and helped,” said Krueger of Minnesota Nice’s record season.
Along with shipping packages, Minnesota Nice donated $200 to Lou Anderson, who coordinates a similar effort from the Stewartville area. Anderson’s group, Chaplain Wings of Minnesota, makes blankets to send to soldiers.
Thank you notes continue to come in, said Krueger.
“All the care packages have made an impact on the morale here,” wrote Ssgt. Patas.
A Christmas card from the G1 Team stated “We the troops, DoD (Department of Defense) civilians and DoD contractors would like to thank you for your act of kindness while we are away from home. It means a lot to us that you care.”
Chaplain Doug Ball wrote: “We, and the personnel of the Special Operations Task Force - Afghanistan, truly appreciate your support. Receiving gifts, packages and letters from people who support us always make deployment a little easier, draws home a little closer, and helps time move a little faster.”
“I just want to say thank you so much for your amazing care package!” wrote Susan Moreno. “It truly puts a smile on our faces. That smile shines through to others.”
While volunteers have packed away their stuff from this year, Krueger said she already was buying clearance items after Christmas for next year’s packages. She has 10 totes stowed away for the next effort.
“We take donations all year around,” said Krueger, stressing again appreciation for those who donated to the cause.