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Donations requested for soldiers returning home without family, luggage

Posted: 4:10 PM, Aug 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-14 17:10:32-04
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ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (WTVF) — An Ashland City woman took to social media to request donations for Ft. Campbell soldiers who will return home to no friends or family without their personal belongings.

Valerie Kemp posted to a Cheatham County community Facebook page saying a captain and sergeant with the Alpha Company 1-327 asked the community to take on a special mission.

Of more than 100 soldiers returning from Iraq in a few weeks, 51 of them will not have anyone to welcome them home. And their personal luggage won't arrive get to them until about a week after they arrive.

So to help fill their barracks and give them a warm welcome back home, they're asking for donations.

Anything like basic toiletry items, blankets, pillows, snacks will work.

"Just think of things that you would want to eat if you had been in Iraq for a year," said Kemp.

Anyone wanting to donate can send or drop off donations to 106 Spring Street, Ashland City, Tenn.