Brandon Trent said he was deployed in rough locations in Afghanistan, and care packages he received from residents of Shawnee Plaza in Leavenworth really helped.
"It was everything we needed at the right time," he said.
He said something as simple as salt was appreciated as he and fellow Marines prepared food.
Trent has since returned from the deployment, and he stopped by Shawnee Plaza Wednesday to express his thanks.
"It was very much appreciated," he told residents at the senior living apartment building.
Angie Meister, manager of Shawnee Plaza, said residents of the building sent 26 packages to Trent.
She said they used money raised from potluck dinners at the facility to pay for the packages. She said many of the residents are veterans or spouses of veterans.
"It just means a lot to them," she said.
Carol Robertson, one of the building's residents, said it was important to show appreciation to American troops.
"They put their life on the line for us, so we need to support them," said Robertson, whose husband was a member of the Navy Seabees.
She said the care packages were sent around Christmas time and included items such as toiletry products and snacks.
Meister said one of the residents has a relative who works for a fast food restaurant, which donated three cases of condiment items to be sent in the care packages.
Trent, who's from Lawrence, is a staff sergeant in the Marines. He's an explosive ordnance disposal technician.
He was deployed to Afghanistan for seven months, serving in the Sangin Valley.
He now is on pre-deployment leave before heading back to Afghanistan.
He said he was "adopted" by the residents of Shawnee Plaza because his mother knows Meister's mother.
"We're going to try to support you again," Meister told Trent Wednesday.