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East Toledo family sending 39 care packages to military

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They wanted to adopt a soldier, but they ended up adopting a platoon.

Now, one local family is asking for the community to help send care packages to the troops.

"We never thought it would get this big," marveled Debra Morales-Richards in her East Toledo home where a bedroom is now a collection center for care packages.

It's all thanks to Debra's daughter, Emilee.

Emilee, who's a 3rd grader at Raymer, asked her mom to send a care package to a soldier.

So the family signed up through Anysoldier.com.

Turns out, they accidentally agreed to send care packages to an entire squad of Marines.

"What was one soldier became 17," explained Debra. "We accidentally adopted a platoon."

Since then, other people have asked them to sponsor additional members of the military, including ones in the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Emilee and her mom are now sending packages to 39 people.

"We talked as a family and we decided that we could do it," said Debra."We'll make it work."

They're making it work with some help. The family is asking for these donations:

PERSONAL CARE ITEMS
- Shampoo -Conditioners
- Soap-Liquid and Bar -Saline Nasal Spray
- Chap Sticks -Cough drops
- Shaving Cream -Disposable Razors
- Baby Wipes -Vaseline
- Toothbrush -Toothpaste
- Floss -Travel Bags to Put stuff in
- Crew Length Socks (Largest Size) -Men and Woman
- Crew Neck Tees XL (White or Black) -Men's Sizes
- Travel Size empty containers so we can put the Shampoo, Conditioner, Body wash, soap, toothbrushes in.
- Tide Pods -Sanitary Napkins/Tampons
- Tylenol or Advil (Individually Packed) -Comb or Brush

GIFT ITEMS
- Puzzle Books (Sudoku, Crosswords, Word Search)
- Mindbender Games -Beanie Babies/Webkins
- Magazines (Nothing Offensive) - Deck of Cards
- Travel Games -Small Nerf Balls
- Hacky Sacks -Paperback Books
- Personal Notebooks and Pens or Markers (No Crayons, they melt)

SNACK ITEMS (Single Serve is the safest)
- Jiffy on the Go Cups -Raman Noodles
- Sunflower Seeds -Trail Mix
- Cookies -Crackers
- Chips -Mac and Cheese
- Any Type of Snack Bars -Beef Jerky (TONS)
- Slim Jim -Twizzlers (Single Packed)
- Protein Bards -Chewing Gum
- Jolly Ranchers (Individually Wrapped) -Suckers
- Chex Mix (we have received large bags and individually wrapped them)
- Hard Candy (individually wrapped) PLEASE NO CHOCOLATE as it can melt in shipping
- Mio, Hot Cocoa, Powdered Single Serve Water Mixes
- Tuna Snack Set
- Canned Chicken, Vienna sausage or Beanie Weenie.

As Emilee puts it, "Makes me feel happy that we're giving them a Christmas. I hope that they feel happy, too."

To help, you can contact the family through this link: http://www.facebook.com/groups/adoptasoldiertoledoohio

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