Business Coalition of Veterans start Letters from Nebraska

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - As the holidays are getting closer, one veteran group is remembering marines who won't get to come home this year.

A box is set up at the KRGI radio station office to collect letters the community would like to be sent to troops. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

The Business Coalition of Veterans started the Letters from Nebraska project this year, after a friend's marine son in North Carolina said he missed home.

The group is collecting letters and snacks to send to his whole work group. They're asking for donations of certain types of foods that either the group requested or they know will travel well.

"Jerky, summer sausage, dried fruit and popped popcorn," Chef Anthony Bando from the BCV said. "The reason we chose those kinds of snack is because in the process of being shipped and dropped and kicked around and fall down the stairs and stuff like that, the products won't be damaged."

Chef Anthony says the troops specifically requested jerky because they really like it. The Rowdy Snack Company from McCook already donated two cases of their jerky to the project.

The group is continuing to take donations until November 21st. They can be dropped at the KRGI office on North Front Street in Grand Island.