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Local Foundation Gathers Items For Military Care Packages

ARDMORE, OK -- A local organization is helping several Oklahoma service men and women feel the comforts of home.
It's the first year that employees at the Noble Foundation are collectively donating care package and some say they hope it's the start of a community movement.

Employees in different divisions at the Noble Foundation have sent care packages to military service members before.

But this year marks the first it will include all members of the foundation.

"All we did was make the suggestion," said Dorthie Kelley, Noble Foundation Employee Team Community Service platform chair. "The employees agreed and said it would be a great idea."

The idea has grown to be a part of the organization's Noble in the Community program.

And will soon send the items they've been collecting all through August to 73 men and women of an artillery unit based out of Fort Sill.

"I cannot wait to hear back from them and see how they like the things that they received and to know that we're thinking of them and to say thank you," said Kelley.

For now, donations for the care package project can only be made by employees at the Noble Foundation. But in a few years they might be able to expand it to the surrounding area. An idea that community members say they can get behind.

"I mean it's always great to support our troops, in any way that we can and I know that they love the care packages," said Renee Hutchings, an Ardmore resident with family members in the military.

Hutchings knows the impact those packages have on soldiers.

"I think about that a lot," said Hutchings. "Especially since I got two nephews that have also recently graduated and they both went into the military so...military is near and dear to my heart."

"I think it's very rewarding," said Kelley. "I think that every employee that contributes in one way or the other finds it rewarding."

Employees have until Friday to donate for the packages.

Kelley says the items will be boxed up and shipped up to Fort Sill and then over to Afghanistan next week.