Operation Adopt a Soldier sends packages to deployed soldiers throughout the year, but the organization's work picks up during the holiday season.
Volunteers pack boxes with the necessities, things like toothbrushes, treats, and canned goods. Those packages then get shipped overseas, to places like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.
Cliff Seguin started Operation Adopt a Soldier after his son enlisted. His son wanted homemade cookies, and told his parents other soldiers wanted care packages as well.
"Can you imagine being in a desert, sand storms, camel spiders, and then you get a package from home?" said Seguin.
But home has different meanings for different people. That’s something those at Operation Adopt a Soldier know all too well.
A fire destroyed the organization’s home, a building on Route 50 in Wilton, in August. Two hundred boxes that were ready to be shipped were ruined.
"We lost everything. At that point you’re [saying], 'OK, how are we going to go forward?' We didn’t even have a place to work out of," said co-chair Bruce Duxbury.
That problem was quickly solved, thanks to the generosity of a local resident who loaned them a space, no questions asked. That's allowed the group to continue sending boxes, meaning packages will be delivered again for the holidays.
"That’s what I’m proud of. I’m proud of getting joy to our soldiers, especially this time of the year," said Seguin.
Operation Adopt a Soldier says it's always looking for volunteers.