ENERGY, IL (KFVS) - Keeping our troops smiling is just part of what the Heartland Hero's Project does.
And they do it by holding a Troop Yard Sale twice a year at their Carterville location. All of the proceeds go towards 'care packages' for our men and women fighting overseas.
"It really brings them closer to home how everybody still cares about them," said Mary Beth Baxter. "It helps us gather the funds we need to get the packages over to our soldiers because it does get expensive."
The donated items come from people all across Southern Illinois. And while it may be something donators no longer want, it's still something that somebody does.
"It makes my heart grow and it's amazing how much people care for our soldiers. And if they don't want it anymore, it's still a treasure to us," said Baxter.
And the bargains continue on Sunday morning at the Troop Yard Sale at 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., if you're looking for a way to help our soldiers. Just look for the U-Haul Self-Storage located at 702 East Plaza Drive in Carterville, Illinois.
"They're really happy about receiving the packages and letters. Some of them never even get mail while they're serving overseas. So this let's them know people here are thinking about them even if we're not related. We're all Americans, we need to take care of each other," said Baxter.