Quad City care packages will be sent to military overseas

A business based in the Quad Cities is doing something to help service men and women stationed overseas.

IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union is partnering up with the USO of Illinois to make 100 care packages for deployed service members. 

This is the first year care packages will be sent from Rock Island. The boxes will be filled with coffee, snacks and personal care items. 

It's part of the credit union's mission to actively stay involved in the community.

They want to support the community where their branches are located, but also the areas the service members are in. 

And these packages help fill the gap to support brave men and women serving overseas.

"If i were them, which is hard to put your feet and their shoes, just that someone shows that they are caring," said IHMVCU Marketing Manager Jenna Smith.

IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union stands with veterans and active servicemen and women.

"This is just one way we can fill the gap locally and supporting active military and their families. They're out there and we want to show our support," said Smith.

This year, the credit union is partnering up with USO of Illinois to send 100 care packages to keep Illinois and Iowa troops connected to family, home and country throughout their service.

"This is a nice way to get those needed items or items that they're missing like coffee everyday or something like that," said Smith.

Chris Miller knows how it feels to get care packages.

"In 2006 I was in Afghanistan for a year and while I was there I received many care packages from the USO of Illinois which was pretty cool. They sent me popcorn, movies, phonecards," said USO of Illinois spokesperson Chris Miller.

Miller was in the Air Force for 26 years. He now oversees all five of the USO centers in Illinois and working with volunteers. 

And one of those tasks is making sure service members get a special treat just like he once did.

"There are people back in the United States that do care about you. And they show that support and care by sending these care packages over. So it was really neat every time I got one," said Miller. "Obviously they didn't lost long because if there was food in there it was gone pretty quick."

Organizers want deployed service members to enjoy those tasty or meaningful gifts inside these boxes.

But most importantly, to make sure those who are serving feel the Quad City love.

"It's amazing, everyone loves what they get. It doesn't matter what it is they know it's going to be something good in there," said Miller. "It makes us forget what we're actually doing for awhile. Just to take our mind off of things and be able to join something from home."

People have until 2/14 to drop money or supplies at any branch. Organizers will be filling up the care packages this Saturday. 
 


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