SPOTSWOOD, NJ - While its hard for military members to be deployed far away from family and friends, the distance is especially difficult during the holidays. To help make the holiday season a bit brighter for local members of the military and their units, the American Legion Post 253 recently put together 28 care packages. The care packages were filled with goodies and other comforts from home to help make the approaching December holidays and the upcoming New Year's celebrations festive.

The care packages went to military units of local residents including Master Sergeant John Nitch. Nitch is a Spotswood Native and his unit from the Fort Dix Air Base is currently stationed in Kuwait. The Unit EAMXS/Extenders received their care packages this week and were very happy and thankful for the holiday surprises.

"A couple of weeks ago, Post #253 sent out 28 packages to our troops stationed overseas," explained American Legion Post 253 Commander Bill Baum. "I received notification that our packages were received and greatly appreciated."

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Putting together care packages is something the American Legion Post 253 does on a regular basis to help support local military members and their units. The care packages are packed with donations from the community and American Legion families.

"Special thanks to our local community for all their generous donations and to my Legion family members at Post 253 who made this all happen," Baum added. "God Bless America."