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By Mike Rush

Clayton, MO (KSDK) - We've just gotten past Halloween, and some people are already pulling out the holiday wrapping paper.

Wednesday, a group of volunteers in Clayton started packing up and wrapping Christmas presents. They had to start early because the gifts are going to 200 soldiers in Afghanistan.

Volunteers, many working for Medi Nurse and Medi Equip, gathered at a home in Clayton to pack gifts of toiletries, books and snacks.

One volunteer says she takes part to honor her brother, who lost his life in the first Gulf war.

"The troops over there are away from their friends, away from their families," said Kari Kopp. "They're protecting us all night, all day and just to get a little gift from home, you know, something to get in the mail, you know, some candy, some little things. I think it really brightens their day."

The group asked people waiting in line for flu shots around the area to sign many of the cards that will be mailed with the presents.

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