Anyone who knows a soldier oversees understands how special it is to get a package with some much needed items.
For a Berlin Army mom, she has been collecting donations to send care packages to a unit in Kuwait.
Her son, 28-year-old Nick Cote, is a combat engineer who has been in Kuwait for more than one year.
“This is the first holiday my son isn't going to be with us at Thanksgiving dinner and it's hard," Karen Cote said.
Her son may not know it yet, but his mom was inspired by what he is doing overseas, and wanted to do something for his unit in return.
“We have to let these soldiers know that we respect them and we appreciate what they are doing for us and it kind of evolved," Cote said.
In her garage, hundreds of items have been collected over a three week span. Families and businesses from across the country, and in Connecticut, have helped, including Berlin’s Town Hall.
“It's just been, amazing...it's been overwhelming," Cote said.
The goal was to send 100 care packages to soldiers, and they are well over that goal, but the job isn’t over.
The supplies will be boxed up, but Cote said she wants the public to be a part of the process.
Berlin’s VFW has opened their hall to families on Thanksgiving night.
Participants will be able to sit down and write a personalized card to a soldier who continues to keep the country free.
“They need to see it, they need to feel it and then they're going to understand, wow this is really going to soldier, this is really all about,” Cote said.
Anyone interested can show up at the Berlin VFW at 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.
Participants will get a care package and be able to personalize it.
The packages will be shipped the next day, and soldiers will get them just before Christmas.
The Berlin VFW is located on 152 Massirio Dr.
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