Operation Caregiver - comfort for those in harm's way.
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The American Military's role in Afghanistan is coming to an end and local volunteers are winding down their mission of support.
Saturday, they packed the final shipment of "comfort kits" to send to our troops who are still overseas.
Our troops rely on the military for everything they need to fight. But sometimes they rely on civilians for the things many of us take for granted. After 10 years Operation Caregiver is on its final mission.
Each bag is a little bit of home - stuffed with supplies for our troops - but soon they'll have the real thing.
"The troops are coming up and its time to fold our tent."
Ten years later - Michael Lamar and his volunteers packing up their last comfort kits for soldiers overseas.
"All the feedback we get from the troops in country is this is like a bit of home in the middle of hell."
Inside each bag are baby wipes for bathing, medicated powder, hygiene products - basic things that soldiers in sweltering desert conditions were running out of.
No one knows that better than retired major Mark O'Loughlin - who remembers his first request for his men 10 years ago.
"I said yeah we could use some homemade cookies."
Soon O'Loughlin and his men in Iraq in 2003 started getting kits with 15 pieces of comfort and hygiene they desperately needed.
"It's not really as much like kids at Christmas opening up packages, more like some wolves tearing up a carcass."
The more than 100 volunteers do it to say thank you and the thousands of troops who've received one of these kits are reminded who they're fighting for.
"Different careers and occupations and professions behind us and people just wanting to do something for the American service member."
Doc Lamar says his wife will send over hundreds of knitted watch caps for soldiers this Christmas.
Combat troops are expected to return home by the end of 2014.
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