Plymouth couple sending care packages to troops overseas; need volunteers

NOW: Plymouth couple sending care packages to troops overseas; need volunteers

PLYMOUTH, Ind.-A local couple is dedicating their lives to giving back to our troops. They are part of a national organization that sends supplies and goodies to those serving overseas each month.

Jan and Ken Houin joined “Operation Quiet Comfort” in 2007. It’s a local organization that comforts and honors American military men and women.

Founded in 2004 by a woman in Michigan, volunteers provide support to injured and active troops. When the founder no longer could run it, the Houin’s took over shipping operations.

In their backyard, instead of a garage for their cars, they have a building where all the shipping and packaging of their packages takes place. The group sends clothing, entertaining games, thank you cards hygiene and grooming products to about 20 different military units.

The couple first heard about “Operation Quiet Comfort” when not only their son, but also their son-in-law was serving in the military.

“”I’ve learned a lot about what the military families go through,” Jan said. “Whether it’s material items or just encouragement of a card, we let them know that a grateful nation truly cares,” Jan said.

With the holiday season right around the corner, folks may be starting to think about what they can do to give back. The Houin’s are looking for volunteers to help stuff 2,000 stockings for troops overseas this weekend.

“They are there away from their family and friends for months a time and we just want them to know that they are not forgotten,” Jan said.

1,000 of those stockings are handmade. Food, hand and toe warmers, tissues, candy canes, thank you cards and other goodies will be stuffed inside.

This Saturday, October 28th, the organization will stuff those stockings. The public is welcome to step in and volunteer. They will begin their operation at 10 A.M. at 17671 13th Rd. in Plymouth. A $10 donation will cover the cost of filling and shipping one stocking. Monetary donations will be accepted even after the 28th. Contact Jan at 574-936-1424 or [email protected]

Click HERE for more information about “Operation Quiet Comfort.”

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