November 28, 2017 07:20 PM
(ABC 6 NEWS)- Thousands of u-s military members will be away from family this holiday season, But there's an effort underway to give them something to open on Christmas morning.
Leaving can be hard on families, but as most people are enjoying the holidays it is especially difficult for military families.
This is why Gary Komaniecki started operation hometown gratitude in August of 2005.
Since then he and his students have shipped out close to 17,000 boxes to troops.
“We have mothers, fathers, families of deployed people and we know what they go through," said Komaniecki.
Chris Reed hasn’t seen her daughter Kylee since she was deployment
"There are some days where you just want to cry because you miss them so much you know it’s been 266 days since I have gotten a hug from her," said Reed.
However, Reed said because of operation hometown gratitude she has a new to cope.
"I was overwhelmed by how many people come and support you know people who are deployed where they are packaging up boxes, writing notes and they're doing all these things for my daughter and you know for anybody who is deployed," said Reed.
On Tuesday, Nov. 28 students will be making Christmas themed packages, and this year moms are able to help which helps military moms like Reed get through the holidays.
Updated: November 28, 2017 07:20 PM
Created: November 28, 2017 07:01 PM
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