Care Packages Being Sent to Troops Overseas

Care Packages Being Sent to Troops Overseas

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Karen Scullin ReportingSalt Lake County corrections officers and deputies called to serve in Iraq are about to get a little taste of home. Care packages are being sent overseas thanks to Sheriff's office employees who know what it's like to be without a few of life's little luxuries.

Things we take for granted like hand sanitizer and hard candy can be a morale boost for soldiers serving in Iraq. Twelve corrections officers and five deputies will be getting the special care packages.

The idea to help soldiers came about after several Sheriff's Office corrections employees returned from serving in Iraq. A Lieutenant formed a committee to keep S.O. employees in Iraq informed with a quarterly newsletter called, "The Star," and phone cards.

But they also identified some items the soldiers might really need or want, including canned goods, Kool-Aid--because water is the only thirst-quencher they're given— and sun block. But you might be surprised to hear what the most valued item is among soldiers.

Brandon Biggers, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office: “Baby wipes are by far the most important because there is nothing but dry air and sand. And it goes beyond just washing your face. Water is very scarce so getting clean in any way is a tremendous boost to your health as well as your morale."

The committee was also helping the soldiers' families with home repairs over the summer like fixing sprinkler systems and swamp coolers. The care packages will be mailed out tomorrow.

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