By Jeffrey Smith, For NEWS 9
KREBS, Okla. -- A baby's first birthday is making a difference for troops serving overseas.
Dawn Short thew her a special birthday party for her son, Chris.
"I decided instead of throwing him a birthday party where people bring him presents, to have a party where people bring donations for the troops 'cause his father is in Iraq," said Dawn Short.
First Sgt. Steven Short has been stationed in Iraq for the 10 months. Dawn Short said it's important to keep all 43 soldiers in his unit close to heart.
"They don't forget about home, so home shouldn't forget about them," Dawn Short said.
The mother said the party quickly grew beyond what she imagined.
"It went from just my family, to my family's friends, to friends of theirs, and people we didn't even know that they worked with," said Dawn. "Once everybody heard about it and it got going, it became downtown city hall."
A support group called Blue Star Mothers is paying to ship the presents
"We were just ecstatic for a 1-year-old birthday party; they're doing this for the troops, so Blue Star Mothers wanted to help," said Vonnie Hudson of Blue Star Mothers.
The Blue Star Mothers are still taking donations. To send a soldier a care package, call Blue Star Mothers of Pittsburg County at 918-420-5041.