HUGS Project volunteers worked at Crossroads Mall on Wednesday to put together 4,500 care packages for troops overseas.
The volunteers included active duty military personnel and 29 students from Asher High School. The packages contained everything from everyday items such as toothbrushes to treats like brownies and cookies.
The HUGS Project was founded in 2004 to send “neck coolers” to troops serving in the heat of Iraq and Afghanistan. The project was later expanded to care packages and other items.