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Hero Central: Helpful Hearts Sending Packages to Troops Overseas

10:33 AM, Jul 21, 2010   |    comments
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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. -- At Lake House Restaurant in Keystone Heights, they're serving up much more than a hot lunch.

"I spent about $300 at Sam's to get all the materials and stuff we needed. And the cookie stuff, I always just pay for that out of my pocket," says Brittney Welborn, the Helpful Hearts founder.

Welborn started the project three years ago and called it Helpful Hearts. Now, her friends and family help out, collecting items for all the care packages they ship overseas.

They have already sent more than 1,500 care packages, even more around the holidays.

Welborn's brother serves in Korea, her sister is about to be sent to Iraq and her boyfriend is also in the military.

Each bag is decorated by hand and each bag is put in a big box, delivered to the local post office to begin the long journey overseas.

Helpful Hearts is always looking for donations of food items like trail mix and sunflower seeds. For more information on how you can help, go to this page.




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