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MATTHEW BECK/Chronicle
Operation: Cigars for Warriors sends care packages full of cigars, lighters and cigar cutters to U.S. military personnel across the globe. Stephen Allan, a shipping and receiving specialist with the group, stacks boxes of cigars to be sent out to the troops.
Charity lights up troops’ lives

HOMOSASSA — Thousands of donated cigars from across the nation and beyond are on the table of the Allan family each day, ready to be packed and addressed to servicemen and -women overseas.

Since the start of the charitable initiative in 2012, U.S. Army veteran Robert Allan and his family have volunteered with the organization Operation: Cigars for Warriors, mailing more than 180,000 cigars to troops in the Middle East, to Navy warships and long-term engagement warzones from their home.

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