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Treats 2 Troops, Spokane gives back to deployed Airmen

Laura Papetti, KREM 2 News anchor, does a live broadcast of the Treats 2 Troops effort Nov. 29, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Treats 2 Troops contributions are not only distributed to Air Force members from Fairchild; our sister services, including the Army, Navy and Marines, also receive packages from the Inland Northwest community.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Laura Papetti, KREM 2 News anchor, does a live broadcast of the Treats 2 Troops effort Nov. 29, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Treats 2 Troops contributions are not only distributed to Air Force members from Fairchild; our sister services, including the Army, Navy and Marines, also receive packages from the Inland Northwest community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Col. Scot Heathman, 92nd Air Refueling Wing vice commander, talks with KREM 2 News anchor, Laura Papetti, about the benefits of the Treats 2 Troops initiative during a live interview Nov. 29, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. KREM 2 News partnered with Team Fairchild for the seventh year in a row to fill care packages with small treats and gifts to help benefit military members serving overseas during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Col. Scot Heathman, 92nd Air Refueling Wing vice commander, talks with KREM 2 News anchor, Laura Papetti, about the benefits of the Treats 2 Troops initiative during a live interview Nov. 29, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. KREM 2 News partnered with Team Fairchild for the seventh year in a row to fill care packages with small treats and gifts to help benefit military members serving overseas during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Team Fairchild volunteers pack Treats 2 Troops care packages with donated snacks Nov. 29, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. KREM 2 News partnered with Team Fairchild for the seventh year in a row to fill care packages with small treats and gifts to help benefit military members serving overseas during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Team Fairchild volunteers pack Treats 2 Troops care packages with donated snacks Nov. 29, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. KREM 2 News partnered with Team Fairchild for the seventh year in a row to fill care packages with small treats and gifts to help benefit military members serving overseas during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Kelley Cargle, Officer Spouses’ Club vice president of operations, packs a Treats 2 Troops care package with snacks Nov. 29, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. KREM 2 News began collecting donations the beginning of November and collected thousands of items in less than a month to benefit military members serving overseas during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Kelley Cargle, Officer Spouses’ Club vice president of operations, packs a Treats 2 Troops care package with snacks Nov. 29, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. KREM 2 News began collecting donations the beginning of November and collected thousands of items in less than a month to benefit military members serving overseas during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Team Fairchild volunteers stack completed Treats 2 Troops care packages Nov. 29, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. KREM 2 News partnered with Team Fairchild for the seventh year in a row to fill care packages with small treats and gifts such as sunflower seeds, chewing gum, hand sanitizer, homemade knit hats and holiday cards made by local schools. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

Team Fairchild volunteers stack completed Treats 2 Troops care packages Nov. 29, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. KREM 2 News partnered with Team Fairchild for the seventh year in a row to fill care packages with small treats and gifts such as sunflower seeds, chewing gum, hand sanitizer, homemade knit hats and holiday cards made by local schools. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Team Fairchild volunteers packed more than 400 care packages for deployed military members as part of KREM 2 News’ initiative, Treats 2 Troops, Nov. 29.

KREM 2 partnered with Team Fairchild for the seventh year in a row to fill care packages with small treats and gifts such as sunflower seeds, chewing gum, hand sanitizer, homemade knit hats and holiday cards made by local schools.

“Treats 2 Troops has been such a wonderful experience. It’s been a great opportunity to work with our community partners to put together packages for our Airmen overseas,” said Kelley Cargle, Officer Spouses’ Club vice president of operations. “It’s wonderful having such a supportive community around the base. These packages are just a little something that brings a smile to the Airmen who can’t be here and don’t have all the comforts of home this holiday season.”

Treats 2 Troops contributions are not only distributed to Air Force members from Fairchild; our sister services, including the Army, Navy and Marines, also receive packages from the Inland Northwest community.

“In 2015, I received a Treats 2 Troops package and I wasn’t even assigned here to Fairchild,” said Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander. “Just to get a package down range, that unique gift, it makes all the difference to our Airmen and other services represented down range. This community once again has provided incredible support to not only this base, but all military members in the area.”

KREM 2, with the help of their Treats 2 Troops partners, began collecting donations the beginning of November. Thanks to the community’s efforts, thousands of items were donated and collected in less than a month to benefit military members serving overseas during the holiday season.

“Treats 2 Troops is a great program that gives Airmen the feeling of home with unique care packages,” said Senior Airman Ricardo Longarini, 92nd Air Refueling Squadron aviation resource manager. “Receiving my Treats 2 Troops care package gave me the boost of morale that I needed to get through my deployment.”