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Rockton's ChemTool Inc. fills packages to send to troops for the holidays


The holidays can be a lonely time for members of the military. Many are overseas and away from their families. But a Rockton company and Operation "Support our Troops" fill the void, with packages and letters, just in time for the holidays.

"When you're overseas, you really miss home during the holidays," says Miranda Magnus of ChemTool. "And just to get a small package from somebody to say thank you. It's really heartfelt."

Magnus has experienced the distance first hand. Several of her family members served in the military. Her brother is deployed right now. But with ChemTool's partnership, from November 23rd through 25th, employees will pack and load up boxes full of goodies at their Rockton location, ready to ship out to the troops.

"It's our way to reach out and touch the service men and women, and thank them for giving us our freedom, to have a job and work her at ChemTool, and our communities are directly benefited from the freedoms that we get from our service men and women. So it's a way to thank them," says Mary Wilson, of ChemTool.

Organizers will take a wide range of things, dry foods, peanut butter, cookies, and of course basic everyday items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, and body wash. Miranda's brother received a package in his last deployment, and it really meant a lot.

"To him, it was just a small gratitude to show just something from home," says Magnus. "When you're so far away and you don't have those items or those things from home, it just makes it nice to bring home the little things that you don't really think about, things you take for granted."

For a whole list of acceptable items, visit the operation support our troops website at

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