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November 1, 2004

Valdosta - Boxes filled with holiday surprises are headed to South Georgia troops deployed to the Middle East. "It's to let them know that real people, people they don't even know, care and appreciate the sacrifices they are making," said Sandra Carroll.

Carroll organized Operation Boxes of Love for her husband's Air Force Unit stationed in Iraq. Since they won't be home for Christmas, she's sending a little Christmas to them. "I think it will put a spark of joy and hope back into their day," said Carroll.

Donations are coming in as fast as they can pack them, but they still need more to make sure all 215 members of the unit get their share. "Toiletry items, snacks, dvd's, hand held games, things like bug spray because sand fleas and mosquitos are really bad over there," said Carroll.

And at the top of the troops' Christmas list is pre paid phone cards. "Phone time is limited to only 10 or 15 minutes, and a 500 minute phone card could last several months," said Carroll.

But the troops need more than just physical gifts. Carroll is also collecting letters of hope. "This has to cross party lines, whether you're for or against the war, you have to support these people who are risking their lives," said Carroll.

Donations can be dropped off at Westside Baptist Church or Spanish Mission Apartments. All donations must be in by November 10th, to make sure the packages arrive by Christmas morning.

posted at 3:30 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com