NEVER LET A SOLDIER WALK AWAY FROM MAIL CALL WITH NOTHING
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SCHOOL SERVICE PROJECT? SUPPORT THE TROOPS
Another school year has begun. And America’s Moms for Soldiers is inviting schools to partner with us in honoring and supporting our deployed soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen.
Our mission: “Never let a soldier walk away from mail call with nothing.”
Based in Broward County, America’s Moms for Soldiers is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. We are all volunteers and all contributions go directly to mailing care packages. We have mailed more than 50,000 care packages, and even with some troops returning home, we continue to send approximately 700 per month to service members who ordinarily do not receive any mail. The contact information for these young men and women has been provided by their military commanders and chaplains.
America’s Moms for Soldiers is asking schools to hold supply drives to help fill the monthly care packages. These care packages contain hygiene products, comfort items and non-perishable food items. Blankets are supplied in the winter. Many of these soldiers are based at remote mountain outposts in Afghanistan and supplies are not readily available.
Supplies are needed throughout the year, but it also helps to set a goal in honor of a special event such as Veterans Day, Memorial Day or around the holiday season. Please emphasize small individual travel-size hygiene products and snack-size food items. Many schools have found families eager to buy supplies. Other schools have held fund-raisers and then bought supplies in bulk. Financial contributions are also welcome; postage costs nearly $3,000 per month. Students also are encouraged to write letters of thanks and support. For security and privacy reasons, America’s Moms cannot provide names or addresses for service members.
Many Broward and Miami-Dade schools have joined us. We would like to add your school to our list of contributors. Gathering supplies is a terrific service project and a great way to show appreciation for those who live in constant danger to protect our freedoms. Service hours can be earned. If your school is able to help, you and your students will have provided much more than supplies. You will be major partners in boosting the morale of these brave men and women by letting them know they are remembered.
We look forward to working with you on this important mission.
Questions or to discuss a supply drive: 954-358-9358; website: www.americasmomsforsoldiers.com
A ‘NIGHT OUT’ TO SUPPORT THE TROOPS
Miramar residents showed their support for the military and America’s Moms for Soldiers by donating supplies at Sunset Lakes’ annual National Night Out event on Aug. 5.
It’s become a popular night in the west Miramar community and many families provided supplies for care packages. Children also wrote letters thanking the troops.
Colonel Hector Paz, at home after being deployed to Afghanistan, told residents the excitement he saw first-hand as soldiers opened the care packages they received from America’s Moms. He explained that the care packages were especially appreciated by units at small remote bases where supplies are not readily available.
America’s Moms for Soldiers continues to send approximately 700 care packages per month to Afghanistan, and in August, will pass 50,000 since its inception in 2009.
As wars and insurrections break out around the globe, it remains important to remember those troops in harm’s way and defending our freedom.
As Sunset Lakes residents and others have found, donating supplies is a fun service project. If your community, school, church or company is interested in sponsoring a supply drive or packing party, please call 954-358-9358.
Financial contributions can be made here on the website through PayPal or mailed to America’s Moms for Soldiers, P.O. Box 668487, Pompano Beach, FL, 33066.
AMERICA’S MOMS SUPPORTS WORLD WAR II HONOR FLIGHT
America’s Moms for Soldiers is joining the celebration for World War II veterans on their Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to see the World War II Memorial.
America’s Moms, which has sent nearly 50,000 care packages to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, is showing its support for another generation. The Pompano Beach-based charity packed 45 treat bags for the World War II veterans on their all-day trip to Washington on Saturday, May 31.
The bags were filled with Girl Scout cookies and other snacks, hand-sanitizing wipes and photos of the WWII and Iwo Jima memorials. The NBA champion Miami Heat supplied souvenir coins, showing the five branches of the military.
America’s Moms volunteers are also joining the large welcoming party for the return flight to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport. The Honor Flight charter is scheduled to arrive at Terminal 3 at approximately 8 p.m. on May 31. The flight committee is encouraging people to be at Terminal 3 by 7:30.
Honor Flight is a national organization with the goal of bringing as many World War II veterans as possible to Washington D.C. to see their memorial.
The South Florida hub took 18 veterans in October, 2013. This time they are taking 45. Each is accompanied by a "guardian." The veterans go for free; the guardians pay $400 for the day.
A RED, WHITE AND BLUE PICNIC FOR THE TROOPS
Now this is what you call an all-American picnic – burgers, ribs, games for the kids, visiting with co-workers….
And preparing care packages to send to troops in Afghanistan.
Castle Group, a property management company based in Plantation, Fla., held its annual picnic May 3 at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek. After lunch, employees worked their way through a line past a dozen tables stacked with hygiene products and snack foods that they had contributed. They also wrote personal notes thanking and encouraging the soldiers.
This is the second year that Castle has worked with America’s Moms for Soldiers. Castle employees were determined to surpass the 250 care packages they packed last year. They easily beat their goal filling 350. Leftover supplies will help fill additional boxes and financial donations will be used to help pay America’s Moms’ nearly $4,000 per month in postage.
As Castle and other companies have found, packing care packages is a fun team-building project. If your company, school, church, or organization is interested in sponsoring a supply drive or packing party, please call 954-358-9358.
Financial contributions can be made here on the website through PayPal or mailed to America’s Moms for Soldiers, P.O. Box 668487, Pompano Beach, FL, 33066. Click here to see more photos.
Every contribution worth a big “thank you”
Do you ever wonder how much impact your charitable contributions really are making?
With a donation to America’s Moms for Soldiers, you can be assured that virtually every penny goes directly to sending care packages to troops in Afghanistan. We are an all-volunteer staff; there are no paid employees. We work out of donated office space and many supplies are donated by schools, churches, companies and other organizations.
So you want to hear exactly what kind of impact you can have? America’s Moms receives many emails and letters of thanks. Here’s just a sample:
“I just want to express my gratitude for the care packages you sent to us. Receiving mail while deployed is one of the best morale boosters for any soldier. Sadly there are many of us that don’t have people that can send packages so anything makes a huge difference.
“I really enjoy reading the letters from the children. They always make me smile. I’ve made a wall in my office just to hang their letters and pictures.”
“Thank you so much for the package of goodies I received from your organization. Words cannot express the gratification that we soldiers feel when we receive packages. It really lets us know that what we do is noticed and appreciated back home in the United States.”
“I would personally like to thank you on behalf of my platoon for the numerous care packages that were sent by your organization. Many of the items, especially the Girl Scout cookies, were very much appreciated by the soldiers. The (Afghan soldiers) are amazed by the gratitude and hopefully the word will spread of how great a support group we have. Thanks again for the many gifts and hours you put into these packages. Many thanks for your continued support of our great country.”
“Our entire section was all smiles as we opened the packages and shared their contents among the group. This is a great thing you have done for soldiers who are away from home and loved ones. I know my short letter cannot fully express the gratitude and appreciation of all the people you touch by your act of kindness.”
Troops are starting to return home, but more than 35,000 still remain in Afghanistan. Please help us complete our mission until the last troops come home.
Contributions can be made here on the website through PayPal or can be mailed to P.O. Box 668487, Pompano Beach, FL 33066
FOR THOSE WHO GIVE SO MUCH
Most days the war seems so far away and it’s easy to forget there are still 40,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Occasionally, war and its effects are closer than we realize.
On most weekends, America’s Moms for Soldiers is at a South Florida event inviting people to sign banners to send to the military with greetings of thanks and support. These are just a few of the stories we heard one Saturday morning:
· A mother describing her daughter’s fear when her boyfriend was deployed to Afghanistan and her horror when she heard he was shot. After a few months at a hospital in Germany, the young soldier and his girlfriend were reunited.
· A man describing what it was like to work for several years in the amputee unit at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
· A young veteran telling how while serving in Somalia and on his 57th parachute jump his right leg landed awkwardly in a hole. The wind was still pulling his parachute as he struggled reaching for his knife to cut himself free. A big gust yanked the chute and he heard a crack. The femur in his right leg, still trapped in the hole, had fractured. “Look,” he said, jumping up and down, ”the leg’s OK now, but I couldn’t re-enlist after the injury.”
· An older former Marine remembering when he and a friend saw a headline while they were serving in Vietnam: “President Johnson says he won’t send Americans to Southeast Asia.” “Where does he think we were? Hawaii?” the Marine said. He paused briefly. “My friend died the next day, shot right between the eyes.”
America’s Moms for Soldiers tries to ease a little of the loneliness by sending monthly care packages to troops in Afghanistan who do not receive mail. We buy some supplies; others are donated. The biggest expense is postage – averaging $4,000 per month. A contribution of $50 will brighten the day for 15 troops, covering the expense of mailing one large box of 15 care packages. A larger donation helps more; smaller donations help too.
We can all give a little for those who give so much.
THE MISSION CONTINUES AND YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
Nearly 40,000 troops remain in Afghanistan. Many are young. Many have left their families again for yet another deployment.
Many never receive any mail from home.
So America’s Moms for Soldiers continues its mission into 2014 making sure those soldiers, marines and airmen will receive at least one care package each month.
If you’ve seen the movie “Lone Survivor,” you know the dangers that still exist in the Afghan mountains and villages.
America’s Moms for Soldiers mails more than 1,000 care packages per month. We soon will pass more than 50,000 over the past five years.
South Florida has been generous in supporting our cause. Organizations from the Girls Scouts to the two-time NBA champion Miami Heat have been reliable in their support of the troops and America’s Moms.
Many schools, churches and other groups have held supply drives. The greatest expense is mailing, nearly $4,000 per month. With the recent increase in postal rates, America’s Moms expects its mailing expenses to increase 15-20 percent.
Here’s your chance to give a small thank you to those who risk so much: A donation of $50 will cover the postage to mail a large box of 15 individual care packages. Contributions can be made here on the website through PayPal or checks can be mailed to America’s Moms for Soldiers, P.O. Box 668487, Pompano Beach, FL, 33066.
With special thanks from all the brave men and women we depend on. And sometimes they depend on us.
HIALEAH GARDENS STUDENT
FIGHTING HER OWN ILLNESS
AS SHE CONDUCTS “OPERATION SUPPORT OUR TROOPS”
See Miami Herald Article
Veronica Heredia had heard so many stories of war from her Marine brother that when she awakened from her own surgery she had only one thing on her mind – how could she serve the troops.
Heredia, 18 and a senior at Hialeah Gardens High School, was soon back working with America’s Moms for Soldiers in gathering care packages to send to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. She calls her project “Operation Support Our Troops” and asks fellow students to prepare shoe boxes of supplies. Last year, she gathered 200 boxes and this year set a goal of 500.
She surpassed that total, and on Saturday, Oct. 26, she turned over 554 to America’s Moms for Soldiers, the Pompano Beach-based charity that has sent more than 40,000 care packages to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Heredia said she began the project to honor her brother, Daniar Betancourt, who served two tours in Iraq and is still recovering from a back injury.
My brother told me all they went through and how some never received anything. I wanted to help,” she said. Click here to read more and see more photos.
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