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A soldiers Christmas request

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By: Jenn Hatcher

A Lincoln woman is happy to say her son knows the true meaning of Christmas, even from over 7,000 miles away.

For margarita Hatfield, this will be the first Christmas she won't spend with her 25-year-old son, Steven.

He's currently stationed in Afghanistan, but she's happy to help him spread some holiday cheer in Nebraska.

From Afghanistan, Stephen asked his mother to take $500 dollars out of his account and use it to purchase Christmas gifts for kids.

It's an act she says makes her a proud mom.

"after I thought about that for a long time, I thought maybe my job as a mom might be done because I'm not sure that I have a lot of lessons left to teach him," said margarita as she wiped away tears.

Hatfield's son told her to donate to the place that helped her when she was a single mother. 

That place was the Salvation Army.

"He knew that when they were little I got help," mom explains.

Friday afternoon, Hatfield dropped the donations off.

She says the contribution is helping her stay positive this holiday season, while her baby is fighting for our freedom.

Hatfield sent a special message out to her son, "Hi Stephen, I love you, stay safe."



The Salvation Army is still looking for volunteers to help distribute the toys.

For more information you can call the Salvation Army at (402) 474-6263.

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