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Treats for troops

Service members receive holiday packages

U.S. Air Force personnel in Spain open holiday packages
U.S. Air Force personnel stationed at Morón Air Base in Spain open holiday care packages sent from Spokane, WA, this month. Image: U.S. Air Force

USPS employees and customers are working together to send cheer to service members during the holidays.

The organization expects to process more than 16 million pounds of mail for overseas Department of Defense and Department of State recipients during this year’s holiday season.

In St. Paul, MN, employees recently participated in a two-day Shop, Ship and Share event where volunteers purchased gifts for military members, then packaged them in Priority Mail boxes for shipment overseas.

“We’re proud to be a part of this event,” St. Paul Postmaster John Morgan said.

Meanwhile, employees at Keith D. Olgeby Station in Greenville, SC, shipped more than 100 boxes of cookies to troops.

“It doesn’t matter if it is our son, daughter or the neighbor’s son or daughter, we all have connections to our military,” said Station Manager Michael Post.

Volunteers in Spokane, WA, shipped care packages — comprised of snacks, toiletries and handmade holiday cards from local schoolchildren — to Air Force personnel at Morón Air Base in Spain.

“For our airmen, bringing these packages out to Morón AB reminds them they are not forgotten and they are appreciated for their service to our country,” said Col. Derek Salmi, a refueling wing commander at the base.

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