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Soldiers' Angels Send Comfort to Deployed Soldiers

Updated: 01/22/2014 11:09 PM
Created: 01/22/2014 10:52 PM KAALtv.com
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- Helping comfort injured soldiers was the goal behind an event in Rochester put on by the "Solders' Angels of Southeastern Minnesota."

"It’s as much therapy for me as it's going to be for them getting it over there, because when you have a loved one deployed, you worry about them every single day and you want to be able to do something for them," said volunteer Tammy Hudson. It's a worry that can be difficult to control, especially with news like we got Wednesday, that five Minnesota soldiers had been injured in Afghanistan.

"It was really scary when I heard, obviously, it is anytime we hear of an injured soldier but that they were here, form Minnesota and from our National Guard," said Louann Anderson, organizer of Soldiers' Angels of Southeastern Minnesota.

"To be in that position has got to be really, really hard. I mean that's something you worry about every day when they're deployed," said Hudson.

So the group is making blankets to send over to Afghanistan, where soldiers, some injured, are in need of comfort and warmth. "The more permanent buildings are being torn down and they are living back in tents and temporary shelters so it’s cold where their cots and sleeping facilities are," said Anderson.

"Their water in their camelbacks would freeze at night, it was that cold," said Hudson.

In doing this, the Soldiers' Angels of Southeastern Minnesota have sent more than 800 blankets overseas, and their hard work, hasn't gone unnoticed. "We've actually gotten a reposes back from a soldier earlier, that this was all that covered him all the way back to the states, was his blanket, and he clutched on to it because he knew it represented home and he said it helped him get through and hang on until he did get home," said Hudson.

The group also sends care packages. If you'd like to help you can email the organizer at andersonlouann@yahoo.com.