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Iowa City non-profit looks to provide for Iowa service members

IOWA CITY (KWWL)-- Those who make sacrifices for our country's freedom are all around us.

"Everybody knows somebody, it's not possible for somebody not to know a deployed person," said Maria Tyson, chairperson with the newly formed Iowa Troops Pantry.

That's why Tyson is asking Iowans to make small sacrifices of their own, and support those who serve.

This summer Tyson and a group of volunteers started up the Iowa Troop Pantry to address the needs of Iowa military personnel.

"We would often time have friends that would say well we'd like to help out but we don't know how.  So this is sort of an avenue people can go down to contribute," Tyson said.

Working out of a small office in Iowa City, the Iowa Troop Pantry is looking to have a large impact, turning to the community for food, general care, hygiene, and entertainment donations to serve each of the more than three thousand Iowa soliders currently deployed.

But the care packages carry more than items that address physical needs.

They're also filled with cards written from kids, friends and family, and community members that express their love and support for these service members.

''We want to make a deployment easier for somebody, and morale boosting is one of the most important things we can do from back home,'' Tyson said.

So while troops are fighting thousands of miles away from family and friends, one group is hoping to make their time after deployment feel a little more like home.


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