Operation Christmas

December 20, 2005

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas for many troops in Iraq. One area business is going above and beyong to spread the Christmas spirit.

Over the river and through the woods, then over the ocean and across the world. That is how far one area business is going to ensure that the holidays are merry and bright for some of America's own troops in Iraq.

"We're getting the donations from people in the community and then we are actually shipping them," said Amy Mayo-Martin, of W.E. Brown in Charlottesville.

Those donations, which are packaged into gift boxes full of goodies, arrive in Iraq with the same speed as Santa's Sleigh.

"They're going to an APO address, which is actually out of New York, and it's pretty cool because stuff is getting there within five days," said Mayo-Martin.

These gifts range from magazines, to deodorant, and if all goes well, phone cards so the troops can call home to wish loved ones that very special "Merry Christmas."

"I'm trying to get enough money so that we can actually send phone cards to the troops so that everybody can call home. That's the important thing," said Mayo-Martin.

All of these donations will be benefiting CSM Tood Hibbs' battalion of over 800 men and women in Iraq. With the holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time to continue donating to this heart warming cause.

"We are going to keep on, as long as I keep getting donations; we're going to keep on sending stuff. I just feel like there are a lot of people out there who would be willing to contribute...Come on Charlottesville, let's support our troops for Christmas," said Mayo-Martin.

If you would like to contribute, you can stop by the office of W.E. Brown which is located on 915 Monticello Road here in Charlottesville.

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