Local care packages bring comfort of home to US soldiers

Organization welcomes more names for list of recipients
By: Tricia Caspers, Columnist
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On Nov. 5, the Auburn Journal ran a story about A Touch of Home collecting donations for U.S. soldiers deployed in Afghanistan. This week, those soldiers received their care packages, including much longed-for sports equipment.

“The response from the community was fantastic,” Georgiana Lohman, volunteer with Touch of Home, wrote in an email.

Lohman was initially contacted by Lt. Kelcey Rae of Roseville about sending the supplies to her deployment in Afghanistan.

“The items you guys sent are amazing,” Rae wrote in an email. “My personal box almost made me cry I was so excited … . It's definitely a piece of home for us and gives us some comfort, especially around the holidays when we see so many pictures on Facebook … . It's amazing that people like you exist.”

A Touch of Home was also contacted by Global Sports Gear, an Indiana-based organization that sends sports equipment to under-served populations around the world, Lohman said. It will be sending two more boxes of sports equipment to Rae’s base in the coming week.

A Touch of Home will be sending another round of care packages in the near future because they bring so much joy to the soldiers.

“You can’t fake those smiles,” Lohman said of the photos.

The volunteers are always looking for the names of U.S. soldiers who would like to receive care packages. Soldiers must be deployed in areas where supplies are not readily available.

For more information, contact Touch of Home at (530) 305-3145 or email