Red Cross Real Heroes

Spc. Daniel Collier, medic, from Portland, Oregon, USA, of Charlie Company, 1st Platoon, 1-15 Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat team, 3rd Infantry Division, guards a house during a routine meeting with local leaders at Salman Pak city about 30 miles (45 kilometers), south of Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday, March. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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When Sergeant Jefferson Baker hurt his back during training, the 140th SECFOR CO. deployed without him. Baker had volunteered for the mission so to miss the opportunity to serve with his fellow soldiers was very disappointing. Baker knew that he had to do something to keep up the moral and spirits of his friends while they were overseas. He took it upon himself to send care packages to the soldiers who shipped out without him.

Baker started making and sending the care packages by himself at first. Then he decided to enlist the help of his friends. He emailed everyone he knew, giving them the names of soldiers and were packages could be shipped. Baker also offered to send the packages himself if anyone would provide the ingredients. Baker also asked the local Lion's Club, which he is a member of to help. They were more than happy to do so.

Sending a package to a soldier costs from $8 to $10 dollars depending on size. Close to 1,000 packages reached Baker's company overseas. Page-Parsons Jewelers in Grand Junction helped pay for many of the shipping fees for the care packages.

Soldiers who received packages said even the smallest letter makes a huge difference when they are so far from home.

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