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Yellow Ribbon Guard in danger of not reaching goal

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(11/19/12) - A shortage in donations will likely mean some soldiers serving overseas will be overlooked this holiday season.

Every year, the Yellow Ribbon Guard in Mid-Michigan works to send care packages to troops for Christmas.

This is the first year the group has been in danger of not reaching its goal.

Organizers have a list of 1,300 names - they wanted to send out 1,300 care packages. But they are more than a few hundred short of that goal.

"A lot of our soldiers come from broken homes, a lot escaped through the military to make something better of themselves and unfortunately they never receive mail or packages," said Judy Adams,  of the Yellow Ribbon Guard. "It's so important, especially at Christmas time, when they see everyone getting boxes, that they have a package with their name on it."

That's why these volunteers are working hard, packing boxes full of nice things to send to troops who will spend their holidays away from home.

"They are over there putting their lives on the line every day and we are here sending them deodorant and toothpaste, things that we take for granted on a daily basis," Mark Whelton, principal of RittMueller Middle School.

This is the eighth year the community has worked together to send Santa to the Troops. But this time, they might not reach their goal.

"We just broke 750, we still have quite a few to go. We're praying that everything goes together well," Melissa Alex of the Yellow Ribbon Guard.

Praying that every Mid-Michigan solider on their list will be able to receive a little piece of home for the holidays.

"They give us so much and we give something back to them it makes us feel good." said Ashokthiy Agrajhn, seventh grader at RittMueller Middle School.

"I believe it's our jobs as Americans to take care of our soldiers," Alex said.

It is not to late to get Santa to the Troops. The Yellow Ribbon Guard accepts donations year round.

For more information on how you can help, click HERE.   

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