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Treats2Troops sends holiday spirit around the world

A volunteer packs a holiday deployment care package at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Dec. 3, 2019.

A volunteer packs a holiday deployment care package at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Dec. 3, 2019. Over 400 care packages will be sent overseas to troops deployed for the holidays packed with cards, games, coffee, candy and other treats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Anneliese Kaiser)

Active duty and civilian volunteers pack holiday care packages for overseas deployed troops at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Dec. 3, 2019.

Active duty and civilian volunteers pack holiday care packages for overseas deployed troops at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Dec. 3, 2019. Treats2Troops is an annual event hosted by Fairchild and Krem 2 News that began in 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Anneliese Kaiser)

Treats2Troops volunteers pose for a group photo at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Dec. 3, 2019.

Treats2Troops volunteers pose for a group photo at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Dec. 3, 2019. There were nearly 40 volunteers throughout the day that lent a helping hand in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Anneliese Kaiser)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. --

Team Fairchild volunteers packed over 400 care packages for deployed military members to receive over the holidays during an event called Treats2Troops, Dec. 3, 2019, here.

 

With the early start time of 6 a.m., nearly 40 civilian and Air Force volunteers worked together in completing its ninth successful year.

 

 “It’s been a joint effort between Krem 2 News and Fairchild from the beginning,” said Laura Papetti, news anchor for Krem 2 News. “[Treats2Troops] shows me how involved people are here in the Inland Northwest and how much love people have that they want to send it around the world.”

 

Care packages included magazines, cards made by kids from local schools, toiletries, games, coffee, granola bars, chips, cookies, beef jerky and plenty of candy.

 

“It’s a hard time to be away during the holidays,” said Laurie Howard, Fairchild Spouses Club parliamentarian. “I think [care packages] send a little bit of home and a piece of the community to them and it lets them know they’re not forgotten.”

 

There were donation drives throughout the year that brought in the holiday treats from all over the community, individuals and businesses.

 

“I’m so proud of our community and everything that people did to get the packages together,” said Papetti. “You have individuals, organizations and businesses that work in a dynamic and cohesive way to make sure there is Christmas around the world.”

 

Working in a deployed environment can be stressful, especially during the holidays, the community coming together to support deployed Airmen is essential to enhancing quality of life for our troops.