Volunteers with Operation Dustin Gross say they're amazed with the outpouring of support. They say they're getting checks from all over the country, including one from North Carolina today. But what's really helping them further their mission is a major donation from Nestle.
They've been collecting and boxing up donations for about a month and earlier this week, it looked doubtful that care packages would reach troops serving in Afghanistan.
"I've never seen anything like this and I'm proud to be a part of it," Jennifer Moyer of Operation Dustin Gross Explained.
After scraping together hundreds of dollars, Moyer and others were able to send 143 care packages to troops in honor of a hometown hero.19-year-old Private first class Dustin Gross was killed while serving last month. Now Moyer says postage to send hundreds more care packages won't be a problem.
"Nestle has contacted me and let me know they'll pay for the next shipment."
Moyer says now she needs more supplies dropped off at Montgomery Co High to go with the nearly 900 toothbrushes and tooth pastes she has.
Supplies needed include:
Flavored poweders for water
With every care package, Dustin Gross is remembered through a note, something Moyer says is priceless to her and the community.
"I think he'd be just as shocked as we are; But I think he'd be greatly appreciative because he was an appreciative person.He'd be amazed by everything going on."
All supplies and monetary donations can be dropped off at Montgomery County High School in Mount Sterling. Moyer says the next shipment of care packages need to be shipped out by July 1st.
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