Operation Stay Connected

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - November 8, 2008 Patriotic music greeted shoppers outside of Boscov's at the Plymouth Meeting Mall today on the first ever Operation Stay Connected, a day dedicated to paying tribute to the troops.

The Abiusa family of Lafayette Hills was among many who taped holiday greetings for the troops.

"It definitely brightens their day. They definitely need to hear from the U.S.," Michelle Abiusa said.

Thanks to Boscov's, the USO, and Action News, Operation Stay Connected is helping families and strangers brighten the holidays for soldiers who won't be home for the holidays.

"We miss him so much and we're so proud of him. We thank everybody for the support they're giving to our country," Lisa Matkowski of Warminster, Pa. said about her own troop away this year.

Even Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett taped a message, after all he grew up in a military family

"I just want to let them know that I pray for them everyday and that I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart," Baskett said.

While members of the Action News team signed autographs, children made holiday cards to be sent to the troops.

The video taped messages were just the beginning of the treats for the troops.

Shoppers were also given wish lists so they could do something for the troops.

Every gift was wrapped for free and will be sent to the troops just in time for the holidays.

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