Ardmore nonprofit sends care packages to Okla. National Guard members

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ARDMORE, OK -- An Ardmore nonprofit is stepping up to help support National Guard service men and women who are based out of Oklahoma.

Noble Foundation employees in Ardmore are donating items to be sent to the Oklahoma National Guard unit based out of Fort Sill, who are currently deployed to Afghanistan.

It's all a part of their "Noble in the Community" program.

"What we send is a very large package so it covers all the needs that they may have and it's just a way to say thank you and I think it's important to say thank you," says Dorthie Kelley, who heads up the project.
She says they decided to send care packages to the unit after working with some of them in the agriculture department.

"Really had gotten to know them very well because they were actually here at the foundation campus. So once this employee team community service platform started, that was one of the things I wanted to see if we could initiate," said Kelley.

Kelley says they plan on sending the packages next week to 73 service men and women.

"We include playing cards, coloring books, and toys that they can give the children in the little villages near them. They like to do that to help them bond. We send crackers, shaving cream, they ask for socks," said Kelley.

She says one of the most important elements they place in each box, are the personal notes written by employees.

"It doesn't have to be anything elaborate, just a simple 'thank you for your service' and we have a banner that we've signed that they can hang up and we're going to send them a Noble flag so they can maybe fly it and know that we're thinking of them and thanking them," said Kelley.

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