Valley woman sends care packages overseas to troops

Earlier this month, Arizona National Guard Staff Sergeant Renee Villegas decided to collect things for care packages to be sent to fellow soldiers in Afghanistan.

- Earlier this month, Arizona National Guard Staff Sergeant Renee Villegas decided to collect things for care packages to be sent to fellow soldiers in Afghanistan.

With help from the girl's soccer team from Boulder Creek High School and other community members, she will be shipping 300 pounds of good to the 160th Forward Surgical Team.

"I was getting emails and text messages from parents, but mainly really the girls in regards to, what's needed, what can we pick up? Are you sure that's it? Vikki Corso said. "Making sure there was going to be no one left without something."

While the group has had much success, there was a setback after Villegas found out shipping things military base to military base was no longer free. She now has to pay for postage out-of-pocket, which could cost around $1,000.

Villegas says no matter what the goods will get there because she remembers all too well what it meant to get stuff just like this.

"It's going to be pretty neat, it's going to be really neat," she said. "When strangers take the time to do something like this it's amazing. Not everybody has a wonderful support system, so somebody who might not be even getting mail is going to get something."

There is a GoFundMe page set up for the endeavor. For more information, click here.


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