Eighteen packages – filled with coffee, Pop Tarts, jelly beans, candy, Slim Jims and Thanksgiving hats, decorations, crafts and dancing turkeys – are making their way overseas as a surprise delivery for Andy Gottlieb, NP, director of MGH Occupational Health and a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves, who is currently on a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.

Earlier this week, members of MGH Human Resources partnered with the MGH Military Veteran Partners group to assemble and ship the care packages to Gottlieb and 67 members of his unit. The packages are expected to arrive just in time for Thanksgiving.

“We wanted to do something good for our colleague Andy because he’s such a great guy,” says Michele Andrews, HR senior staffing specialist. “We hope it will bring them a little bit of joy before the holidays.”

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