Sending presents to soldiers overseas has become a tradition for 15-year-old Ariana Westbrook, who got the idea when her cousin was deployed.
"He joined the Marines about four or five years ago, I'm wicked close with him. When he first went out I was really scared and I was like, ‘Well, what can I do to help?’" she said.
After she sent a package to her cousin, she began thinking about all the soldiers that get nothing.
"They don't have family to send them packages. I feel like it's not my job, but something I like to do. It’s kind of like playing Santa for soldiers," said Westbrook.
Each one of Westbrook’s packages is filled with supplies like socks, snacks, and wipes.
And she makes sure she sends them items they want and need.
"We definitely do a lot of research by talking to soldiers who were deployed, my cousin and his troop. Even looking at things online, what things they can’t have," said Westbrook.
Since it started, the shipments have grown bigger each year.
With no sign of slowing down, Westbrook hopes her message reaches all military.
"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, we're all here for you, thank you for you service, I hope you stay safe,” she said.