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300 boxes of care packages head for Afghanistan

Aug. 1, 2014 at 5:36 p.m.


The Crossroads community and people from other states heard Victoria resident Albert Vasquez's call.

The effort started earlier this summer as a campaign to get snacks and essential materials to his Marine son and his son's battalion at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan because their post exchange, a commissary, was shutting down.

Now, about 300 boxes of care packages are headed to hundreds of service members after being shipped Thursday.

"I know my son. I knew if I sent him something, he'll share and be without," Vasquez said, adding that the idea came from a conversation with his son, Orion.

The credit belongs to the community, the people who donated and businesses and groups that offered to be drop-off locations, he said.

"All I did," he said, "was give a message."

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