Andrew Tanielian, NBCDFW.com
The Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas spent Saturday packing up care packages for troops serving overseas.
There’s a special feeling when you get an unexpected gift in the mail.
It’s part of the idea behind the ‘Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas’ who want troops serving overseas to know they are thinking about them.
"To get a care package from home to realize where it’s coming from it just gives you warm fuzzies," said Major Maria Kimble who serves in the Army National Guard.
Kimble is volunteering her time helping give back the generosity given to her during her last two deployments. She’s being deployed again later this year.
Nancy Carter started the group almost 7 years ago after her son her started serving.
"Me graduating from the Merchant Marine academy, [she] started when she wanted to send me packages for finals week and she just kept wanting to do more," said Nancy’s son Dustin Carter.
The warehouse filled with 16,000 Girl Scout cookies and other treats for the troops is donated by the owner Daren Merchant.
Nancy Carter’s day job as a flight attendant bridges the ocean between her and the 12,000 troops she reaches.
"I’ve run into soldiers at Atlanta airport where I’m based and I’ve asked them and passed out my cards and they’ve said hey we’ve gotten boxes from you. We’ve heard about you. So, yes it has come full circle. That is so cool," said Carter.
Many overseas reach out through letters to Nancy and her angels.
"It is very personal it’s very hard and a lot of them touches you know it touches our hearts and so I in turn just can’t wait to forward those on to our group members cause I want them to share in the joy that I feel when I read them," said Carter.
Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas
P.O. Box 116691
Carrollton, Texas 75011