Wisconsin woman sends care packages to troops overseas

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HARTFORD, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin woman who began sending care packages to her two sons deployed in the Middle East is now doing the same for hundreds of troops overseas in time for Christmas.

Hartford resident Leann Boudwine says the soldiers she sends packages to "are like my kids." After first sending packages to her sons, she sent a few more for the soldiers with whom they served.

WITI-TV reports that eventually that list grew into the hundreds when Boudwine collected names of soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines all over the world. The care packages include snacks, soap, and boxed mac-and-cheese.

Family, friends, businesses and veterans' groups have begun to help her. She says her nonprofit "Support the Troops" will have shipped 14,000 packages by early next year.