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It was a happy day of opening baby shower gift boxes for over two dozen United States military families, mothers and moms-to-be in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, on Wednesday — all courtesy of the wives of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team. (Image source: KYW-TV video screenshot)

It was a happy day of opening baby shower gift boxes for over two dozen United States military families, mothers and moms-to-be in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, on Wednesday — all courtesy of the wives of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, KYW-TV reported.

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The "Operation Shower" event meant the world to one mom-to-be who isn’t having her own baby shower, the station said.

“My family is out of the country, and his family far away, so this is amazing to me,” Karla Lizardo told KYW-TV. “It makes me want to cry. These people really put a lot of love and effort in this."

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Another mother-to-be got a total of two shower boxes — for two very exciting reasons: “We’re having twins,” Shantee Stradford told the station.

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Asked what a baby will bring to his home, a first-time dad-to-be replied, “Chaos from what I heard. I know it’s going to be crazy, but it will be nice.”

When told that he was probably the type who could handle some chaos, the military dad-to-be paused and remarked, tongue firmly in cheek: "We'll see."

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The driving force behind bringing “Operation Shower" to the attention of the Flyers for the first time this year was Amanda Elliott, wife of goalie Brian Elliott.

“Nothing brings people together and unifies families and communities like a new baby,” Amanda Elliott told KYW. “We’re just helping spread that love here and feel that love. These moms will go home with a full shower in a box ... they should find everything they need to welcome their little ones.”

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Linda Mantai, vice president of Flyers Charities, told the station that holding the event was a "no-brainer."

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“We were very excited, one to be approached, two to participate, and three to pull this off," Mantai told KYW.

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