MAHOPAC, N.Y. - United for the Troops held its Operation Cupid on Saturday, Jan. 26 as 50 volunteers sorted and boxed 304 gift boxes that were sent out to deployed military troops for Valentine’s Day.

The gift boxes included things soldiers miss the most from home, such as cookies, coffee, peanut butter and jelly, baby wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and many other items from the charity’s Wish List.

“We had over 5,000 cards and letters written from our community put into all their boxes wishing them well,” said United for the Troops founder, Jim Rathschmidt. “When we reached packing the 200th box of the day we stopped everything and announced that box was the 20,000th sent out by United for the Troops in the last 12 years.”