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Gifts for the troops

The Modesto-Central Valley Blue Star Mothers & Families were hard at work Tuesday, packing up 500 holiday care packages to send to troops stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and at sea.

The group collected 10 truckloads of donations, including gifts, toiletries and nonperishable goods, from Northern San Joaquin Valley residents and businesses.

Soldiers also will be receiving Christmas stockings.

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