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started as an idea to adopt a soldier overseas has grown into much more for a
local Toledo family. They are now sending more than 40 care packages to service
men and women abroad for Christmas.
it wasn't for our community, we probably wouldn't be able to do it," said Debra
says this was all made possible through the help of other Toledo residents.
never looked at Toledo as so strong until now, until this moment," she said. "This
is really what people would do for somebody."
started when Morales-Richards' daughter Emilee came home from school one day
asking if they could adopt a soldier for the holidays. When they tried to do
so, the family accidentally adopted an entire platoon. And because they can't
say no, they adopted a few others along the way.
are now up to 41 service men and women, and they're sending care packages for
each. The packages are filled with snacks, toiletries, socks, shirts and even
pictures and letters.
love to see pictures, of just people making cookies or somebody playing in the
snow because it's what they're not doing and it's what they want to know that's
going on," Morales-Richards said.
they still have a long way to go. The items they have are just not enough, and
they're still in need of treats, hygiene products, cards and even boxes to send
time something comes in, we take a picture of it," said Morales-Richards. "We
cannot thank people enough. We want people to know we appreciate what Toledo
has done for us."