For many, this time of year is a chance to be near loved ones. For the brave men and women serving our country, sometimes they can't be home for the holidays. Rockbridge County native and Army Ranger Chase Prasnicki was killed in the line of duty back in June. Now, his wife Emily is working together with the community to make sure those who served alongside her husband know they are still being thought of.
She is raising money to put together care packages. Her goal was $2,000 but she reached that within a day. As of last check, donations now total more than $6,000.
The money will be used to send boxes to Prasnicki's battalion and some of his West Point football friends that are deployed. The boxes will be filled with treats they have asked for, like good coffee, beef jerky, chips, and fruit snacks, and sent to his unit that's still stationed in Afghanistan.
She says it was a way for her to continue her husband's mission.
"The thing that he wanted the most was to take care of his men downrange and make sure they were taken care of and safe," said Emily Prasnicki. "I feel like now Chase has done as much as he could in his time he had with them and now that he's gone, I feel like I want to try to finish his mission and help him take care of the men downrange still."
Anyone can donate.
She says they will assemble the packages a few days after Christmas and send them as a "post-holiday" boost.
You can also send messages to the troops. She'll print them off and send them with the boxes.
Click here to donate.