Grand Strand woman works to send holiday cheer overseas

GARDEN CITY, SC (WMBF) - During the holidays, many US Troops overseas are unable to come home. The holidays are about giving, so a woman in the Grand Strand found a way to help send gifts to the men and women serving our country.

Angela Kegler began "Christmas to Camp Buehring" Wednesday by collecting donations from shoppers at the Garden City Walmart.

One shopper, Margaret Dipierro, says she wishes she had a million dollars to donate to our troops.

"If we don't donate and take care of them, they can't take care of us and we won't be in a better place. We need the soldiers," she says.

Kegler is leading this campaign to send Christmas to Camp Buehring, which is a military base less than 20 miles from the Iraqi border in Kuwait.

After visiting Camp Buehring she said the soldiers there, many as young as 19 years old, found a special place in her heart.

"They're not on the front lines they don't get all of the same attention that those that are in Afghanistan get but they're still serving equally as hard and giving up just as much," she says.

She is continuing to collect gifts up until the first week of December.

With the help of St. James schools and you, she hopes to send the soldiers working at the 48th Combat Support Hospital, happiness for the holidays.

If you are interested in providing a gift or sending a Christmas Care Package, contact Angela Kegler by emailing or calling 843-344-4393.

Here are some donation ideas:

  • i-Tunes gift cards
  • Paperback books
  • Stamps
  • Joke books, crossword puzzles and small board games
  • Soccer balls
  • Hackey-sack
  • Lip balm
  • Face moisturizers
  • Laundry Detergent Pods and Dryer Fabric Softener Sheets
  • Candy (all kinds! hard candy, gum, mints, candy bars, jelly beans, licorice, etc.)
  • Bags of ground coffee (no cans)
  • Coffee Creamer Singles or powder
  • Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 5-hour energy, 4-packs of Monster energy drinks
  • 4-packs of EAS Protein Shakes
  • Beef Jerky
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Protein Bars, Granola Bars
  • Nuts, Trail Mix
  • Little Debbie Snacks, Rice Krispie Treats, Brownies
  • Small jars of peanut butter and/or Nutella
  • Lance Crackers
  • Pringles
  • Sausage & Cheese
  • Macaroni & Cheese (microwavable type)
  • AT&T Calling Cards
  • Books on CD
  • Movies on DVD
  • Magazines
  • Nerf Football
  • Basketball
  • Manicure Kits
  • Hand Lotion
  • Loofahs
  • Small Scented Candles in Jar
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