ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- In 2003, a St. Louis woman took it upon herself to make sure every American troop serving overseas got a gift during the holidays if he or she wanted one.
Julieann Najar founded A Soldier’s Wish List, a local nonprofit dedicated to serving the country while staying here at home.
After nearly a decade, Najar and other volunteers have granted wishes to more than 167,000 troops by sending mail, treats and special presents year-round. The group has another 6,000 soldiers signed up to receive gifts this year, but A Soldiers Wish List has hit a financial snag.
“We are about $3,000 short,” Najar said. “We don’t want to say ‘no’ to anybody, but we can’t take on anymore troops if we don’t get the funds to send the packages.”
Najar said a reeling economy and increasing mail costs will cripple the organization if money is not donated quickly. Gifts are scheduled to be sent from St. Louis on Saturday, Dec. 8.
If you are interested in donating to the program, you can go to the group’s website www.asoldierswishlist.org. Najar said the group does not need more gifts, just money to pay for mailing costs.