This year Komets fans filled three totes, or about 50 percent more than had ever been collected. More than $100 was also donated to pay for postage.
``We have done fabulous this year,'' said Montana Speicherweimer of Hoosiers Helping Heroes. ``Komets fans have stepped up, and it's been a great year.''
Located in Lafontaine, Hoosiers Helping Heroes will ship the items to the troops in care packages starting in two weeks. The troops will receive some warmer items like handwarmers in two weeks as part of the program's "Wrap for Warmth" month, and in February they'll receive items related to "Valentines for Valor." Each month the group sends out more than 50 care packages.
Hoosiers Helping Heroes also signed up a new local serviceman to send packages to. Kurtis Potter, whose grandmother lives in Leo, serves in the U.S. Navy as an ensign fireman aboard the USS Harpers Ferry. Parents of service Indiana service members can sign them up to receive packages at www.hoosiershelpingheroes.org.
"What I think is really great is even though people are going about their everyday stuff, they do remember our heroes who are serving this country and are protecting the freedoms they observe every day," Speicherweimer said.