CAPE CORAL, Fla.-As the country takes Memorial Day to reflect on the men and women in uniform, one Cape Coral woman hopes people will take the time and reach out to troops overseas.
Mary Zizzamia has been doing that, bringing a little more comfort to deployed Marines one care package at a time.
"We live in a great country, and we have to show these guys we know they're not away on a business trip. They're away putting their lives on the line," Zizzamia says.
Zizzamia's son-in-law, Sgt. Christopher Kellner, is a U.S. Marine on tour in Afghanistan.
When he deployed in late March she began making care packages for him, and eventually, for the two dozen others in his unit.
"We want to show them we love them and we appreciate everything they do for us," she says.
The Clubhouse Grille in Cape Coral has joined the cause, collecting donations and raising money for shipping.
"The first shipment we sent out, we did 10 boxes. This last shipment we did, we shipped out 11 boxes," Zizzamia says.
Inside those boxes, she says, were anything from wet wipes, to candy, to deodorant.
They are seemingly trivial items, but for Clubhouse Grille employee and Iraq veteran Joseph Rowing, the small items have a big impact.
"When you open it and you see things that remind you of home -- pictures, or letters, or even little toys -- that gets your mind away from where you're at," Rowing says.
Zizzamia will continue to collect donations through the Clubhouse Grille on Santa Barbara Boulevard.
The restaurant will have a car wash Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to raise money for shipping.