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100 volunteers pack ‘boxes of love’ for needy military families ahead of Christmas

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Updated: Dec. 23, 2016 at 8:07 AM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The spirit of giving was on full display dark and early Friday morning, as volunteers gathered at Fourth Street Live in downtown Louisville to pack up some holiday dinners for needy families.

Fourth Street Live workers teamed up with Ford UAW Local 862 and the Indiana National Guard to pack up boxes for 1,100 families. Each box cost approximately $30, so the endeavor wasn't a cheap one.

"It just goes back to caring," Fourth Street Live President Ed Hartless told WAVE 3 News' Kayla Vanover early Friday. "Louisville prides themselves on being a compassionate city, and this is kind of just our way to help with that."

Indiana Army National Guard Capt. Ray Riedinger said the "boxes of love" are headed to military families.

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"We have to watch out for our own," he said. "That's part of the mantra of the military. Traditionally it's just our soldiers that are in need. We'll take it back to our armory there in southern Indiana and distribute those out to our needy soldiers across the county."

Nearly 100 volunteers helped Friday morning.

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