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Spokane community supports deployed Airmen with Treats 2 Troops

Team Fairchild volunteers pack items into care packages as part of KREM 2 News Treats 2 Troops program Dec. 1, 2016 at Fairchild Air Force Base. Volunteers packaged more than 400 boxes that will be delivered to deployed military members. The boxes are filled with various items, such as hot sauce, wet wipes, beef jerky, toothbrushes, and magazines. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick J. Daniello)

Team Fairchild volunteers pack items into care packages as part of KREM 2 News Treats 2 Troops program Dec. 1, 2016 at Fairchild Air Force Base. Volunteers packaged more than 400 boxes that will be delivered to deployed military members. The boxes are filled with various items, such as hot sauce, wet wipes, beef jerky, toothbrushes, and magazines. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick J. Daniello)

Team Fairchild volunteers pack more than 400 care packages for deployed military members as part of a KREM 2 News Station initiative, Treats 2 Troops, Dec. 1, 2016 at Fairchild Air Force Base. The care packages are filled with small treats and items such as beef jerky, sanitizer wipes, lens cleaning cloths, shampoo and hand-held games. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick J. Daniello)

Team Fairchild volunteers pack more than 400 care packages for deployed military members as part of a KREM 2 News Station initiative, Treats 2 Troops, Dec. 1, 2016 at Fairchild Air Force Base. The care packages are filled with small treats and items such as beef jerky, sanitizer wipes, lens cleaning cloths, shampoo and hand-held games. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick J. Daniello)

Laura Papetti, KREM 2 News anchor reporter, interviews Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, about Fairchild’s involvement in the Treats 2 Troops program Dec. 1, 2016 at Fairchild Air Force Base. Team Fairchild volunteers packaged more than 400 care packages that will be delivered to deployed military members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick J. Daniello)

Laura Papetti, KREM 2 News anchor reporter, interviews Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, about Fairchild’s involvement in the Treats 2 Troops program Dec. 1, 2016 at Fairchild Air Force Base. Team Fairchild volunteers packaged more than 400 care packages that will be delivered to deployed military members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick J. Daniello)

Master Sgt. Nicholas Ehman (left), 92nd Maintenance Squadron accessories flight assistant flight chief, and Master Sgt. Mark Simonds (right), Airman Family and Readiness Center superintendent, pack shipping boxes Dec. 1, 2016 at Fairchild Air Force Base. Ehman and Simonds were part of a team that consisted of more than 20 volunteers who packaged more than 400 shipping boxes. The care packages will be delivered to deployed military members as part of the KREM 2 News Treats 2 Troops program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick J. Daniello)

Master Sgt. Nicholas Ehman (left), 92nd Maintenance Squadron accessories flight assistant flight chief, and Master Sgt. Mark Simonds (right), Airman Family and Readiness Center superintendent, pack shipping boxes Dec. 1, 2016 at Fairchild Air Force Base. Ehman and Simonds were part of a team that consisted of more than 20 volunteers who packaged more than 400 shipping boxes. The care packages will be delivered to deployed military members as part of the KREM 2 News Treats 2 Troops program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick J. Daniello)

Chief Master Sgt. Shannon Rix, 92nd Air Refueling Wing command chief, and Master Sgt. Nicholas Ehman, 92nd Maintenance Squadron accessories flight assistant flight chief, pack letters into a shipping box Dec. 1, 2016 at Fairchild Air Force Base. Letters and other items were packed into boxes as part of KREM 2 News Treats 2 Troops program. Treats 2 Troops is a program that allows people to support deployed military members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick J. Daniello)

Chief Master Sgt. Shannon Rix, 92nd Air Refueling Wing command chief, and Master Sgt. Nicholas Ehman, 92nd Maintenance Squadron accessories flight assistant flight chief, pack letters into a shipping box Dec. 1, 2016 at Fairchild Air Force Base. Letters and other items were packed into boxes as part of KREM 2 News Treats 2 Troops program. Treats 2 Troops is a program that allows people to support deployed military members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick J. Daniello)

Airman Paul Booth, 92nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, places a notepad into a care package Dec. 1, 2016 at Fairchild Air Force Base. Booth volunteered to fill shipping boxes with various items such as soap, hot sauce, wet wipes and beef jerky. The boxes were packed as part of KREM 2 News Treats 2 Troops program that provides deployed military members with care packages. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick J. Daniello)

Airman Paul Booth, 92nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, places a notepad into a care package Dec. 1, 2016 at Fairchild Air Force Base. Booth volunteered to fill shipping boxes with various items such as soap, hot sauce, wet wipes and beef jerky. The boxes were packed as part of KREM 2 News Treats 2 Troops program that provides deployed military members with care packages. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick J. Daniello)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Team Fairchild volunteers packed more than 400 care packages for deployed military members as part of a KREM 2 News Station initiative, Treats 2 Troops, Dec. 1, 2016.

KREM 2 partnered with Team Fairchild for the sixth year to fill the care packages with small treats and items such as beef jerky, sanitizer wipes, lens cleaning cloths, shampoo and hand-held games.

“These care packages provide a sense of home to the military members overseas,” said Stacy Fritz, Officer Spouses’ Club member. “We package them here and give a little bit of home for our Airmen during the holidays.”

According to the OSC, Treats 2 Troops also gives the Spokane community an opportunity to support military members currently serving overseas.

“There are a lot of people in the local area who want to help our military, but don’t have an avenue to do so,” said Andrea Diemer, OSC president. “This program gives them that outlet and it’s amazing to have so many people wanting to be involved to make this happen.”

Prior to Airmen and volunteers packing these boxes, KREM 2 News asked for donations from their Inland Northwest viewers. Because of their efforts, thousands of items were donated from around the region, most notably, the Spokane community.

“The Spokane community has absolutely blown me away with their support,” said Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander. “I remember getting a package [while deployed last year], and it makes a difference. When you open a card and it’s from somebody that you don’t even know thanking you for what you’re doing down range, it puts that extra touch and it helps out our members.”