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East Tennessee biker clubs send 220 Christmas care packages to servicemembers overseas

The packages include non-perishable items, shampoo, deodorant and toothbrushes.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Thanks to the work of the Roughnecks Motorcycle Club and other local organizations, service members overseas are getting their fair share of Christmas joy.

The biker club collected and sent 220 Christmas care packages to people serving outside of the U.S. Inside were some non-perishable items, shampoo, deodorant and toothbrushes.

"To come in and open a box, even if it is just a 'thank you' from a grade-schooler or something like — home don't seem so far away," said Heath Fleenor, a veteran.

This was the motorcycle club's third year hosting the event and packages are expected to reach their destinations around Christmas. The 134th Air refueling Wing picked up the packages at around 6 p.m. in North Knoxville.