Indiana town is home to nationwide care packing for military

With just weeks until Christmas, the countdown is on for shoppers. But one group in Michiana, is packing instead of shopping.

Operation Quiet Comfort is a group of volunteers who sends care packages to injured military personell and their medical staff overseas. The group is a nationwide organization, operating out of Plymouth, Indiana.

Every month, volunteers send 50 boxes and some 1,500 cards of support. It's a year-round organization, but this season is dedicated to the holidays.

In November, local volunteers packed over 800 stockings filled with comfort items like beef jerkey, hot chocoloate, seasonal coffee, snacks, socks and holiday cards.

Local board member, Jan Houin, said she doesn't expect anyone to support a war, "but we always ask people to support our troops."

"One of the things they tell us is, yes it's nice to have the clothes, yes, its nice to have the food, but it's the message that it gives," said Houin. "We're not forgotten, it's a bit of home."

To donate or volunteer with Operation Quiet Comfort, contact Jan Houin at (574) 936-1424. Volunteer meetings take place on the 2nd Thursday of each month in Plymouth at 6:30 p.m. You can also contact Houin at

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