Sandusky's Jacy Welch is on a special mission this Christmas. It's called Operation High Tech.
Welch is working to raise money to buyportable electronic devices for the local National Guard unit that will ship out to the Middle East in January.
Delta Company 1-148 infantry is preparing for deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"We're going to Kuwait, but that's not where we'll be all the time," said Capt. Michael Wood, company commander of Delta Company 1-148 infantry. "Are we going to see combat? There's a good chance."
The unit will be in the Middle East for about a year. Welch hopes to supply the soldiers with MP3 players, portable DVD players and even laptops.
"Kids grow up pretty fast during that time," Wood said. "Having the ability to get onto the Internet and see pictures is really importantto us."
Having spent more than six years in the Ohio National Guard, Welch knows the ups and downs of military service.
"The toughest choice I ever made was getting out," he said.
He started his Sandusky-based computer business, Universal Networking Services, when he returned from Iraq in March 2005.
To support Operation High Tech, Welch said Universal Networking Services,unetservices.com, will donate $10 per hour for every home user and $25 per hour for every business that uses its service.
Welch said listening to some music on an MP3 player or watching a favorite movie can help troops try to forget where they are for a little while.
"It'll help boost morale. It'll give them a way to escape for a little bit," Wood said.
Individuals or businesses wishing to help Operation High Tech may contact Welch by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 866-324-5065.