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10 for the Troops sees record donations

10 Tampa Bay viewers showed their support for military service members.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — We asked you to help our troops, and boy did you respond!

We’ve spent the last couple of weeks gathering up our 10 for the Troops donation boxes and taking them to the Support the Troops warehouse in Wesley Chapel. The boxes at Sonny’s BBQ Restaurants, at local Elks Lodges, and at our 10 Tampa Bay studios were brimming with our viewers’ generosity.

We collected a record amount of supplies to send to the service members serving our country in remote areas overseas.

Get this — in just in socks alone — people donated more than 4,000 pairs.

“This is overwhelming. There are literally tens of thousands of dollars worth of donations that we’re going to be able to ship out,” said Mark Van Trees of Support the Troops, while unloading boxes. “We still have men and women deployed in 80 locations around the world. So, this is going to be huge!”

We estimate people donated more than $40,000 worth of goods and some cash for postage too.

We can’t thank you enough, and we know the recipients of care boxes are oh so grateful too.

Support the Troops can use donations to pay for postage year-round. You can donate here.