BOULDER CITY, Nev. - From the moment you meet Stanna Musick, her passion for helping troops overseas becomes apparent.
Since 2007, Stanna and her husband Bob have been using donations from businesses and locals to put together 30 to 60 care packages every month for the men and women serving in the Middle East.
She sends candy, bubble gum and small toys for the troops to share with local children there - most of whom live in poverty. The bulk of what she sends includes necessities such as eye drops for the dusty conditions, socks, toothbrushes, band-aids and soap. Each package includes a note from Stanna.
"This was something that appealed to me more than anything was to let these kids know that we love them," she said. "We care about them, and I'm going to keep doing this until every one of them is home, because it's that important to me."
It's important to our troops as well. She has received countless e-mails thanking her for all she does - some of them very emotional. One soldier shared his life story. At the end of the e-mail, he told Stanna he planned to visit Las Vegas and look her up. The gratitude pours out from every message.
"At least it gives them a little idea that we still care, and that's what Americans today… we need to do this. We need to let them know we're behind them," she said.
"It's a selfless act to want to do this for the troops," said Stanna's colleague Steven Torti. "I was just taken by her and her tenacity, and her dedication and the giving she was willing to do for people she didn't even know. It's just amazing, and I feel that she just needed to be rewarded for something like that."
Stanna's husband Bob was also very involved in putting together these packages. They have been by each other's side through 50 years of marriage. They do everything together.
Last month, Bob went to the emergency room. They admitted him to the hospital with progressed bladder cancer. Despite the personal hardship, Stanna continues to send boxes to troops every month. Besides a feeling that it's her duty, the couple can relate to the situations troops face overseas. Bob is a World War II Marine Corps veteran.
8 News NOW decided it was time to reward the couple for their efforts – awarding them $800 as part of its weekly series Acts of Kindness.
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