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Aug 9, 2016 9:59 PM

NH Pease Greeters ask for donations to keep up with high volume of soldiers traveling through

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PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth International Airport at Pease has seen a huge increase in the number of military flights coming through this summer as more than 6,000 soldiers flew through the airport in the month of July alone.

The Pease Greeters - who see off and welcome home troops from overseas - send care packages every month to soldiers overseas. But given the large volume of soldiers this summer, they're running short on supplies.

To restock, they need toiletries, snacks, socks, and their signature knit hats. Care packages are sent to more than 100 different soldiers every month.

“We ship 600 to 700 pounds to our troops every month. That's a lot of items,” said JoAnne Schottler, who coordinates collections for care packages.

A trip to the Middle East last month to visit the troops, demonstrated for NH1 News just how important it is for the soldiers to know people back home care for them.

“Ive been here for four months and two weeks,” said James Jarry, a New Hampshire native who is serving in Turkey.

“This is my third deployment. I put in 12 hours a day, 7 days a week and I rarely get time to myself. But I do this so no one else has to come and do this,” said Jarry.

There are drop off sites available at several businesses in the Pease International Tradeport: Service Credit Union and the Seacoast Media Group are two of them. Go to www.peasegreeters.org for a complete list of drop off sites and supplies that are needed for the troops.

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