Care packages shipped from Hawaii to Afghanistan

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - More than a half ton of holiday care packages are being shipped from Hawaii's Big Island to troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise member Ann Goody said the 180 packages were mailed Monday to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, which is based out of Kaneohe.

West Hawaii Today reported Wednesday that each box contains a new T-shirt, underwear, socks, boot laces, lotion, eye drops, a toothbrush, toothpaste and a handmade card.

The troops also will receive DVDs, a magazine, a book and a variety of snacks.

Rotary Club member Cliff Kopp estimated that members of the community spent between $12,000 and $15,000 on the goods to be sent to the troops.

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