Minnesota soldiers in the Middle East receive care packages from Vikings

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More than 600 Minnesota soldiers received warm season’s greetings from their hometown football team this week.

The Minnesota Vikings sent more than 600 care packages – one for each soldier – to the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division currently deployed in Kuwait.

The care packages contained small personal hygiene items, some Vikings’ gear and a hand-written card from a player or staff member.

“We’re incredibly grateful for all the love and support we’ve received from Minnesota,” said 1st Lt. Eric Jungels, a spokesperson for the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. “The Red Bulls would like to wish everyone back home a safe and joyous holiday season. We love you, we miss you and we can’t wait to see you all again in 2019.”

As the leading element of Task Force Spartan, the 34th Infantry Division is in charge of coordinating military exercises and engagements between U.S. and partner nation ground forces in the Middle East, in order to increase regional stability and enhance partner nation capabilities.