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Bush family, outreach send care packages to troops overseas on Christmas Eve

Bush family, outreach send care packages to troops overseas on Christmas Eve. (WPEC)

Family members of late president George H.W. Bush are here in our area this Christmas Eve to help troops overseas.

Seasonal resident Sharon of Palm Beach Bush and her daughter, Ashley, granddaughter of the former president, were among the volunteers at Forgotten Solders Outreach, Inc. in Lake Worth, Monday morning, preparing special “We Care” packages for service men and women who are miles away from home this holiday season.

Sharon was overcome with emotions during an interview when we asked her why it’s important to make sure these heroes don’t feel forgotten this Christmas.

“When you go and you see what they really all go through, it’s just whatever you can as they help us keep us free, we’re happy to do it. This makes my Christmas,” said Sharon Bush, Neil Bush’s ex-wife.

Sharon’s friend and owner of Duffy’s Sports Grill, Geri Emmett, also helped.

Volunteers filled packages with essentials like toiletry items and food, along with letters written by area students.

“In all the hecticness that happens sometimes during Christmas, sometimes the real message of giving gets lost,” explained Emmett.

The Bush family said they plan to make this an annual tradition.

A tradition that honors the former president who dedicated his life to service.

“Christmas is a time of giving, and if everyone can pitch in and think of someone else, our world could be a better place,” Sharon Bush said.

Members of Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc. said all 20 care packages will be sent to soldiers in Afghanistan. Earlier this month, they shipped over 1,000 packages to our service men and women overseas.

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