Military Mom Wanted To Support Troops, Now Her Charity Has Helped Thousands

When Wisconsin mom LeAnn Boudwine's two sons Michael and David were serving in the military, they told her something that changed her life forever.

They told their mom how thankful they were for her care packages, because some of their friends never received packages, or even mail from home. That really resonated with Boudwine, because she didn't want anyone in our military to feel like they were forgotten. She started organizing her friends to prepare care packages for military members.

Boudwine started a charity called Support the Troops out of her basement, with the help of a small team of volunteers and her family members. Her organization's slogan was "they're still there, we still care," and her goal was to remind America's military that we're thinking of them here at home.

The packages include things like candy, DVDs, grooming supplies, warm clothes, holiday items, local newspapers, card games, and supportive letters from school kids. "All of those little things that we take for granted in our daily lives,” as Boudwine puts it.

Now, 10 years after her project began, Support the Troops has moved out of Boudwine's basement, and the military mom's project has just reached a major milestone.

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