(MULVANE, Kan.) — Gift boxes aren't the only tight fit inside a Mulvane Pizza Hut, Thursday. Space is limited, in a room crowded by volunteers putting Christmas in a box.
"It's been a real, organic fantastic outpouring from this community," says KFDI morning show DJ, Brian Pierce.
Pierce helps coordinate the event sponsored by the radio station.
It wants to send more than 1,000 care packages overseas to troops.
"We're thankful that we can help them out," says Diana Reason.
Diana Reason and her family have spent hours packing boxes. She says it's their way of giving back.
"You bring one little bag it doesn't feel like its a whole lot but when we pack two hundred boxes in one afternoon, that is a lot of stuff," says Reason.
Organizers say donations are on par to match last years gifts but they don't expect to exceed those numbers.
It's the same thing other charity events are experiencing this holiday season.
So, KFDI is trying something new to get more people involved.
"We always collected the items and then box them later, this year we decided we're going to box them on sight as we go," says Pierce.
And its working, he says although donations aren't up, volunteers have more than doubled.
"Its the hands on, its feeling apart of something bigger than you," says Pierce.