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KMLE 107.9 sending letters to troops

Screen shot of KMLE Steve and Nina http://kmle1079.cbslocal.com/show/steve-nina/

Screen shot of KMLE Steve and Nina http://kmle1079.cbslocal.com/show/steve-nina/

Kayla Koch, Wellness Editor

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Phoenix radio station KMLE 107.9 hosted by Steve and Nina is partnering with “Packages from Home,” a non-profit organization, to collect letters for troops overseas this holiday season.

Last year, Steve and Nina asked their listeners to write 1,000 letters during the holiday season. By the end of the season, their request resulted in the distribution of 13,000 letters. In light of 2014’s successful turn out, Steve and Nina decided to raise the bar for 2015 and are asking their listeners for help send 20,000 letters to soldiers overseas.

Adam Purtell, an enlisted soldier for the past five years, joined the service after graduating high school. During his time, he has served in Afghanistan, throughout the Middle East, in Europe and Northwestern Asia.

“When I was stationed overseas, teammates and I were extremely grateful to receive letters from home,” Purtell said. “Sometimes, having someone thank you and realizing that the people back home are doing well is the best thing to hear.”

There are a few ways to get involved. First, the KMLE website has a link that gives listeners the proper address for sending a letter into the station. From there, Steve and Nina will be collecting all of the letters to send to different locations overseas.

For a busier person, an electronic method is also available. Instead of handwriting the letter, listeners can type the letter on the KMLE website and submit it to the radio station. Letters will then be printed out and collected alongside of the handwritten letters.

For those who have a personal attachment to a serviceman overseas or want an even bigger way to become involved, “Packages From Home” is prepackaging a care and comfort box by partnering with “Adopt A Box.” This box is $15.95 and the fee covers the shipping as well as all of the contents within the box.

“It would be a blessing to receive any kind of letter from home,” Purtell said.


Screen shot of KMLE Steve and Nina http://kmle1079.cbslocal.com/show/steve-nina/

The letter collection will continue through the month of December.

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