FedEx fills 6,000 Holidays for Heroes care packages - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

FedEx fills 6,000 Holidays for Heroes care packages

Three-hundred FedEx volunteers spent Tuesday filling care packages. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Three-hundred FedEx volunteers spent Tuesday filling care packages. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

FedEx is working to fill 6,000 care packages for service members this holiday season.

Three-hundred FedEx volunteers spent Tuesday filling those care packages along with 75 holiday boxes.

Mobile users: Click here to see pictures of the care packages.

It's all part of the USO Holidays for Heroes program. All the care packages and holiday boxes will be delivered through the Holiday for Heroes program to service members deployed in Southwest Asia.

At the workshop where volunteers were packing the boxes, the spirit of Christmas was alive.

"I wasn't expecting to hear Christmas music today, but I'm kinda getting in the mood," Senior FedEx employee and Air Force Veteran Tom Murrey said.

Murrey said it's hard for both service members and their families during the holidays when a loved one is deployed.

"It's hard for the family and you worry about what's going on back home," Murrey said.

In an effort to show their support and appreciation for the troops, the FedEx employees were busy little elves Tuesday.

The 300 volunteers packed 6,000 care packages filled with movies, cocoa, and reindeer antlers. 

"It gives our service members an opportunity to essentially create a holiday environment when they are remotely deployed," Director of Corp. Alliances for USO Kristina Griffin said.

Murrey said the packages may seem small, but makes a huge difference.

"It looks like nothing, but it really means a lot over there, things that can really help you out," Murrey said.

Approximately one third of the volunteers were veterans themselves and all are making sure our active duty service members are not forgotten.

"We're used to an industrial environment with military equipment, so there's a lot of fun in the whimsy that's being sent here," FedEx employee and veteran Connie Avery said.

"It reminds you when you're deployed that you're remembered and people home know you're over there and thinking about you," Murrey said.

Click here to learn how you can be part of the Holiday for Heroes program.

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