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Missouri woman making a difference for the troops

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Vickie Hansen making a batch of fudge.

BOWLING GREEN, Mo (WGEM) -- Vickie Hansen has been sending sugary treats to the troops ever since the Vietnam War.

She sends fudge to those who are serving, and lots of it. She averages around 42,000 pounds of fudge annually and has sent fudge to troops stationed in 52 different countries.

Hansen started sending the fudge as a continuation of her family's military involvement. Her father served in the military, along with two of her children. Her mother sent treats to the troops during World War Two.

When asked why she does it, Hansen said, "I do it because of the fact that military need to know they're appreciated and respected and we care about them. We got to give them hope. Because this is a bad time for them, and so that's what I do."

Hansen makes all of the fudge by herself in her own kitchen. She buys the ingredients herself, and uses donated coolers and tin cans to ship them out to troops across the planet.

Tri-State residents will have the chance to meet Vickie and hear her story June 10th at the NECAC housing summit in Hannibal.

Vickie lived in a house with low to medium income, and the NECAC weatherization program helped make her residence energy efficient. Hansen says she is incredibly grateful for NECAC's help, especially since it will make fudge making much easier in a comfortable home.

If you would like to reach out to Hansen in order to donate coolers, tins or other items, you can reach her at 641-751-1901.

If you would like to attend the housing summit to hear more from Hansen about her story and how NECAC helped, you can call 573-324-6622. The summit will be held June 10th from 9AM to noon at the Y Men's Pavilion in Hannibal.

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