Marine Christmas Boxes -- Your Help is Needed

60 Marines from the tri-state area who are serving overseas are in for a special surprise come Christmas.

One local family is working to send each of them a gift to let them know they are not forgotten.

This project hits close to home for the Ellis'.

Their 20 year old son is among the Marines serving in Djibouti, Africa.

They want to make sure all of them are able to celebrate Christmas even when they're hundreds of miles away.

Mark and Pam are preparing some of the boxes they're shipping overseas.

This year is the first their son 20-year-old Matt won't be opening presents under the Christmas tree with them.

"It's strange not to have him here," says Mark Ellis.

He'll instead be in Africa.

"He's always felt like he wanted to serve his country" says Pam Ellis.

To make the holidays merrier for all 60 of the Marines the Ellis' have started collecting goods such as socks, lip balm, deodorant and treats to give them a little taste of home.

"This is just a little reminder that Amarillo supports these guys and we haven't forgotten about them," says Pam.

One of the items that will really come in handy for the Marines are shirts like this one it'll keep them cool on a hot day and warm on a cold night.

"It's like being camping for 7 or 8 months its kind nice to get something from home so that people you know people aren't forgetting you," says Mark.

"We're the ones blessed but I know they are I'd love to be on the other side when then get the boxes to see their faces we know what it's gonna look like," says Pam

The Ellis' need donations to give each of the Marines a gift box.

You can call the Ellis family at 358-7644 for more information.

Cash Donations can be made to the HOA Marines Donation Fund account at Amarillo National Bank.

Any money or gifts left over will go towards goodie bags for the Marines when the get home in April.