Adopt-A-Soldier Door County founder Nancy Hutchinson was recognized before the Wisconsin Assembly as a Hometown Hero last week.

State Rep. Joel Kitchens, R-Sturgeon Bay, introduced Hutchinson, who leads the effort to provide support to local service members overseas.

“Over nine years ago, Nancy put together a care package for her son’s best friend, who was on his first deployment for the Marine Corps,” Kitchens said. “These were the humble beginnings of Adopt-A-Soldier Door County, an organization Nancy founded and which has grown at an exponential rate in the following years, now sending over 1,500 care packages to those serving in our armed forces each year.

“The men and women who put their lives on the line for our country sacrifice not only their safety and their time, but they also sacrifice the small comforts of home that many of us take for granted. These packages provide a sensory connection to those back home and allow soldiers to share and create new memories with members of their squad.”

Hutchison said she’s proud of the people in Door and Kewaunee counties who support the effort.

“This program wouldn’t exist without the help of in kind or monetary donations from all those involved,” she said. “It has been my pleasure to be the avenue for all those who want to send something to the local troops.”