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Packages From Home sending cheer to deployed troops

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Fry's grocery stores are raising money for military charities during the month of February.

The goal is to collect more than $100,000.

One of the organizations benefiting from the "Courageous Hearts" campaign is Phoenix-based Packages From Home.

"Over the past 10 years, we sent over 140,000 care packages to our deployed military in combat and hazardous zones," said Erin Krivanek, director of fundraising and communications for Packages From Home.

Packages From Home are just that - packages lovingly filled by volunteers with a variety of donated food and personal hygiene items.

"We want to remind the deployed service members they haven't been forgotten and give them the best care package that we can," said Krivanek.

Each food box contains about 100 items and a thank you note.

"Every month, our goal is to hit 1,000 care packages and that just varies based on what we're able to do with our monetary donations to cover the postage costs," Krivanek said.

Whether they're good or hygiene packages, each one costs about $14 to ship - but, the result is priceless.

"We've learned over the years that each care package is typically shared at least with among five other individuals," said Krivanek. "So, that one box will typically touch five lives or more."

On Thursday, Feb. 13, CBS 5 News will host a phone bank from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to help raise funds for "Courageous Hearts" - which benefits Packages From Home and other military nonprofits.

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