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More than 200,000 soldiers get valentines

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Military troops in Iraq were remembered on Valentine's Day, thanks to Utah's own Paul "Chief Wiggles" Holton and a 16-year-old girl in California.

Through the combined efforts of Holton's "Operation Give" and Shauna Fleming's "A Million Thanks," more than 200,000 homemade valentines arrived in Baghdad before the sentimental holiday.

Holton and his wife, Keeyeon, flew to Orange City, Calif., to help Fleming and volunteers box up the cards from schoolchildren all over and then send them overseas courtesy of Fed Ex.

Holton works for Fed Ex and he is a chief warrant officer in the Utah Army National Guard. He served 13 months in Iraq as an interrogator and wrote a book about his experience.

Holton heard about Fleming through a program started by the Pentagon called "America Supports You." Fleming started her group two years ago as a means to send thank-you cards to troops.

The next shipment on its way via ship to soldiers in Iraq is $250,000 worth of Jones Soda. Holton is also trying to send hygiene kits, starting with 450,000 toothbrushes donated by the company Lacleed.