Troop supporters fear apathy for remaining overseas soldiers

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - By Donna McCollum - email

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - Martial arts instructor Master Tina Roddy is fighting for the comforts of American soldiers.

For two years, Roddy and her students have collected the comforts of home for soldiers in Iraq.

"It was a desire in my heart to do this," Roddy said.

Roddy has mailed hundreds of boxes to service men and women.

"The funniest thing I've found that they want is items for kids to give to the children that they come across," Roddy said.

Lately, donations aren't what they were at the height of the war.

"My concern is that people will forget," Roddy said. "Since that war is over they'll forget we still have people there. We have people in Afghanistan. I mean, we still have servicemen that are overseas that still need our help." >

Care packages now go out three to four at a time, instead of the 50 Roddy would send at Christmas.

Donations help, but the cost adds up. Still Roddy considers it a small price to please a soldier.

Roddy's father-in-law is the inspiration behind the project. The army veteran of 19 years died three years ago. His son can't think of a better tribute.

"She come up with this idea and I support her 100 percent and I couldn't be more proud," Richard Roddy said.

"We're not going to stop," Tina Roddy said. "As long as they're overseas we're gonna keep doing what we're doing."

She's defending generosity and the opportunity to share with others.

Tina Roddy works through the non-profit agency "Any Soldier." Anyone can send a care package. Instructions on how to help can be found at

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