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Whitefield postal worker foots postage to send package to troops

A Whitefield veteran who works in a post office paid out of his own pocket for a woman’s care package to troops overseas.

Christina Morancie and her co-workers at Littleton Regional Hospital had collected two large boxes of food and other items for a package bound for her stepson’s New Hampshire National Guard unit in Afghanistan.

WMUR-TV reported that Gardner Chamberlain, a Navy veteran who works at the post office in Whitfield, paid the $60 postage to send the package.

“He just looked at me and he said, ‘You are all set,’ and I said, ‘What do you mean?’ and he said, ‘We’re here and they are over there,’ ” Morancie said.

Chamberlain, who served in Vietnam, said this is his way of giving back, and it’s something he’s done before.

“She got all her friends to bake and cook. I don’t bake. I don’t cook so, I did the other part, that’s all,” Chamberlain said.

He said he knows how important care packages can be when home seems so far away.

“Those guys are going through a rough deal and they don’t know from minute to minute, so this is one way to reach out and grab them and say, ‘Thank you,’ ” Chamberlain said.

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