Christmas is fast approaching, but it's a difficult time for Mountain Warrior families with soldiers overseas. While many say it's tough to be away from loved ones this time of year, one soldier who spent last Christmas in Iraq says the mission overseas is worth the time spent apart.
It's hard to imagine celebrating Christmas in a place with no trees, no snow, just heat and dirt.
"It's a different world over there," said Army Specialist Garry Sulfridge.
Specialist Garry Sulfridge spent last Christmas away from his friends and family. He was in Iraq.
"It's tough. You get depressed, but you know you have to stay focused on what you're over there doing," Sulfridge said.
On Christmas Day, Sulfridge says he was working at Abu Gharib, Saddam Hussein's prison.
"I was sitting up in a tower for 12 hours on Christmas Day," he said.
Sulfridge says because he was in one place for hours, he spent much of his time wishing he was home.
"You sit there and think, right now I'd be eating a good home cooked breakfast, passing out gifts," he said.
And that's a thought that is hard to grasp for Kim Combs, who has family members in Iraq right now.
"It's hard. It's hard being a mom with a son and son in law now, so it's doubly hard," Combs said.
So to make this place seem a little more like Christmas, Sulfridge and Combs are helping to package a little bit of home so that when America's soldiers are working endless hours this holiday, they know someone is thinking about them.
The Mountain Warrior families boxed more than five hundred care packages Sunday afternoon to send to the soldiers for Christmas.