Heard on the Hill

Members, USO Make Care Packages for Hurricane Relief Troops

1,500 packages assembled for National Guard troops deployed to Texas and Florida

Reps. Suzan DelBene of Washington, second from right, and Mike Coffman of Colorado, right, assemble care packages in the Rayburn building Tuesday for members of the National Guard who are assisting in the hurricane cleanup efforts. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The USO came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to get help from members and staffers in their efforts to send 1,500 care packages to National Guard members deployed to Florida and Texas to assist with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief.

Hundreds of staffers and several members pitched in and helped the organization reach that goal within two hours. 

They assembled the packages in nylon USO pouches, which can hook onto military-issued MOLLE system backpacks, so that service members don’t need to make room for them in their backpacks.

WATCH: Members, USO Make Care Packages for Hurricane Relief Troops

Inside the pouches were KIND bars, almonds, M&M tubes, Extra gum, Crystal Light drink pouches, USO-labeled sanitary wipes, foldable water bottles and applesauce packets. 

The USO sent out a survey to the National Guard asking what service members wanted in their packages and packed them accordingly.

Members spotted putting the packages together included Reps. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., Trey Hollingsworth, R-Ind., Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., Rick Larsen, D-Wash., Scott Taylor, R-Va., Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and Tim Walz, D-Minn. 

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