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Soldier sends supplies from Afghanistan to Sandy victims
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (WABC) -- After Hurricane Sandy hit, support poured in from all over the world, including war-torn Afghanistan.
A soldier from New Jersey who is stationed there is helping victims back here at home.
Private First Class Tommy Morris is serving in Afghanistan.
His proud father is standing with volunteers, who have for 11 years now, collected socks, toiletries, snacks and such and mailed them, overseas to our serving soldiers.
"ARMS sent 1 million packages," said Ronnie Micciulla, A.R.M.S.
But something interesting happened two weeks after Hurricane Sandy hit, the American Recreational Military Services volunteers, got a package in the mail themselves from Afghanistan.
"At first we thought it was our package that had been sent back, but we opened it read the letter, and all of us started to cry," Micciulla said.
There was a letter from PFC Morris who was worried about the needs of storm victims back home.
He collected supplies there and sent them here where volunteers are now doing double duty, not only caring for soldiers far away, but also supplying military families here left victim to Sandy.
"It was unbelievable they would do this, thinking about us," said Maria Morro, a Sandy victim.
Maria's family lost everything. She knows this young man and can't wait to see him again.
"I'm going to cry when he comes," Morro said.
"He's a good guy, a great soldier, he's honored to serve his country, and the people of New Jersey," said Tom Morris, the soldier's father.
The young soldier mailed a second box, it's on the way.
The items inside will be stored with the other supplies, but this box stays packed until Tommy comes home, for something special.
"I think it will be nice for him to deliver this himself to a family," Tom Morris said.
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