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Soldier care packages destroyed in Hamilton fire

A warehouse fire in Hamilton burned everything a grassroots group uses to donate to troops overseas (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Lindsey Wopschall) A warehouse fire in Hamilton burned everything a grassroots group uses to donate to troops overseas (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Lindsey Wopschall)
HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A warehouse fire in Hamilton burned everything a grassroots group uses to donate to troops overseas.

The fire happened inside a warehouse behind Lodder's Plaza on Milvale Road.  

Hanover Township fire officials say a bucket of ashes caught fire from a nearby stove.

Boxes, magazines, and toys were just some of the things that were burned inside the warehouse. Things that were meant for the men and woman who serve our county overseas. 

The grassroots group is looking to rebuild, so they can add to the thousands of care packages they've already sent.

“We are just a group of friends and neighbors who saw a need,” said Susan Follick, the coordinator for the care packages.

Follick says it was after Sept. 11 when she and a group of people got together to start shipping care packages to our soldiers. Since then, once a month the group gets together to prep and ship the packages.

“It was really a taste of home. It's never anything major, it's just snacks, crackers, can goods, magazines… it let's you know people at home are thinking of you,” said Kanee Welsh. 

Welsh's brother has received more than a dozen packages from the grass roots group while serving abroad. He is one of the many who has said "thank you."

“They are thankful they are not forgotten. They are thankful because the little things mean a lot when you don't have anything,” Follick said.

And now the group of givers, have nothing to give after the fire burned it all.

"We have lost all of our packing supplies. We have had dentists and doctors who have saved magazines for us. We try to send a good amount of magazines to them every month, so our whole stash of used magazines is gone. We've lost all of our backlog I guess you can call it of things to send,” Follick said.

Though all of the materials that are shipped overseas, the owner is actually calling this a miracle because there was $300,000 worth of equipment in that warehouse that is actually okay.

To donate please send money, old magazines, boxes, or toys to Susan Follick. 31 Millville-Oxford Road Hamilton, Ohio, 45013. Contact Susan with questions at 513-738-1080

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