One Heartland Soldiers' Angel tried to do just that by holding a donation drive Saturday; but during this season of giving, she was only able to collect a small number of items to send in Christmas stockings to soldiers overseas.
"I expected people to be more caring towards the soldiers than what we had," said Soldiers' Angel Marie Roomsburg of Ava.
"Right now Ii have enough for two,"
"It's a delight, wow, someone thought of me, and I don't even know who they are," said King.
King says although soldiers band together to celebrate the holidays in their own way, a kind word or a package from home is always appreciated--even if it's not from mom and dad.
"There's people over here that don't have families over there or any ties to 'em, but there's also soldiers over there that don't have a family over here, spending Christmas in a Humvee," said Randall Romines a soldier with the Illinois National Guard.