LAYTON -- Thanks to 100 boxes full of goodies, some troops overseas will have a boost next month when they receive a "Christmas in July."
Tuesday was packing and shipping day for Myers Mortuaries' effort to involve the community in supporting the troops.
A dozen women and one son showed up to pack the boxes full of donations received from throughout the community.
"We are just helping them out," said Robert Smith, 11, of Roy. "They are doing a ton of stuff for us. We don't know what they're feeling. We are just trying to help them feel better and let them know that we love them."
Most of the volunteers were members of the Roy 7th Ward Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Robert's mother was one of those women.
The group already was doing something similar to support a deployed serviceman from their ward when members heard about the Myers Mortuaries project.
"We had a specific Relief Society evening where we invited ladies to come and bring things," said Cheryl Seamons from the Roy 7th Ward. The ward also invited women from the nearby Lakeview and Sandridge wards to participate.
"When we heard about this project, it worked in perfectly with what we were doing," she said. "We brought all the stuff here."
Nine deployed service members will receive the packages to share with their fellow troops.
The packages will include new socks, chapstick, toothpaste, tissues, sunscreen, wet wipes, gum, candy, sanitary gel, popcorn, Spam, ravioli, books, DVDs, batteries, water balloons and various games, such as playing cards and Sudoku.
Inside the boxes will be cards from those who wanted to just lift their spirits.
In her letter, one 11-year-old girl wrote that the warriors were funny, strong, thoughtful, handsome or pretty, awesome, smart, really helpful, courageous, sensitive, lovable and, hopefully, healthy.
"Thank you for fighting for us," wrote Navie Webb, of Ogden. "I hope you have a wonderful Christmas."
Some of the cards were actual Christmas cards.
"People are taking this Christmas in July thing literally," said Katie Brockman, a spokeswoman for Myers Mortuaries.
Brockman said her ward group spent an entire night working on the letters.
Brockman said last year the project, in its first year, netted 50 boxes worth of donations when the mortuary asked area businesses for donations.
This year, when businesses weren't asked and members of the community were solicited, the mortuary was able to ship twice as many boxes.
"We are about to show them that yes, indeed, we care about them," Brockman said.
Besides the Roy 7th Ward, the major groups that supported the project include Layton Christian Academy, Northern Utah Correctional Center, the Rock Cliff 5th Ward of the LDS Church and St. James the Just Catholic Church.