"We don't hear much from him," says Sparks resident Jan Carnahan when referring to her son, stationed in Afghanistan.
Carnahan shows us pictures of him on her computer and goes to his Facebook.
"The way I know he's ok he posts pictures," says Carnahan
The 42 year old is in the Army Reserve and currently deployed with the 489th out of Knoxville Tennessee.
He's out of contact with his family—that’s how Jan knows he couldn't get a gift card from the "Be a Santa to a Solider" program.
But she made a donation any way.
“I think they appreciate almost everything they get and if they can't use it, they'll pass it on to somebody who can,” says Carnahan.
Jan and her family say they will be keeping a good thought for all the Nevada men and women serving in Afghanistan on Christmas Day, and keeping thoughts of their son even closer.
While she knows well the conditions in Afghanistan and how important her donation can be-- across town they don’t, but are doing it any way.
"To send to a solider who doesn't get to be home with their family this year. Would you guys like to do that?" asks Morningstar Helvey to her group of preschoolers
At Morning's Little Stars Play School two to five year olds agree to make a home made Christmas card including hand prints, signatures and glitter.
The schools director says she heard about the program and thought it would be a good project.
A couple of more kids need to put their finishing touches on the card, then once it dries this I-tunes card will go inside and they'll bring it to the station.
“I thought you know its never too young to teach our little children that there is more to Christmas, the Christmas season than asking for gifts,” says director Helvey.
Homemade or store bought, it's the thought that counts.
Tuesday at noon is the absolute deadline to get your Christmas Card containing a gift card from Walmart, Target or I TUNES to KOLO 8.