From left to right, Chloe Busnawi, 9, Genevieve Rosale, 12, and Sarah McPortland, 10, pack socks to be shipped to troops during Operation Forget Me Not at Newhall Church of the Nazerene on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal
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Ten-year-old Sarah McPortland was more than happy to be boxing donations for the troops on Saturday.

“My dad was in the military,” said McPortland. “So this is important to me.”

McPortland, along with other volunteers, spent their Saturday afternoon packaging donations and participating in Operation Forget Me Not at Newhall Church of the Nazarene.

“(Soldiers) fight for our country and I want them to feel safe and at home,” McPortland said.

Phyllis Casper loads boxes of supplies for troops into a van at Newhall Church of the Nazarene on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

The operation was put on by Prayer Angeles for the Military, an organization geared towards supporting the troops, before the Easter holiday.

“We want to let them know that they are loved and appreciated away from home,” said Barbie Aston, one of the event organizers.

About 30 people helped out by sorting donations, decorating cards and loading packages onto trucks.

“Anything to help our soldiers,” said volunteer Sandy Weatherman. “To support them when they are away from home is just wonderful.”

A Miss SCV Scholarship Program participant folds an American flag during Operation Forget Me Not at Newhall Church of the Nazarene on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal
Toothbrushes sit in a box before being shipped to troops at Operation Forget Me Not at Church of the Nazarene in Newhall on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

Weatherman, along with other mothers from the Miss SCV Scholarship Program, felt that encouraging their children to volunteer taught them valuable lessons.

“It’s an important opportunity for them to help out our community and serve everyone,” Weatherman said.

Saturday’s event held a special place in Aston’s heart, as her son spent time in Iraq to serve his country.

“They sacrifice a lot, sometimes their lives,” Aston said.

“They put themselves in danger so we can live the life we live here in the United States.”

About 30 volunteers work on cards and package boxes at Operation Forget Me Not at Newhall Church of the Nazarene on Saturday. Courtesy photo
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Samie Gebers
Samie Gebers is currently studying broadcast journalism at College of the Canyons. She reports on the weekends as well as produces video content during the week.
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