April 22, 2011
When temperatures in Afghanistan and Iraq begin to soar well above 100 degrees this summer, one American group is working to give soldiers abroad some relief from the heat.
America's Moms for Soldiers, a non-profit organization, is launching a "Remember the Troops" campaign that is recruiting support from businesses to help create care packages for soldiers. From May to August, the group will appeal to corporate America to help generate more than 5,000 care packages, said Judy Smith of Fort Lauderdale to the Miami Herald
, the Founder of Americas Mom for Soldiers.
Every month for the past few years, America's Moms for Soldiers has sent more than 1,100 care packages to those stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan who don't often receive mail from home.
"We have a lot of corporations that support us and want to get more involved, so this gives them a way to do that," said Smith, whose son is in the Army and returned from Afghanistan in 2010.
Her son described the 130 degree weather that troops must work through carrying 90 pound packs. To add to the burden from the heat and dust, some of the remote areas have a lack of running water.
Some items troops need include hydrating powder drink mixes, eye drops, lip balm, and heat-resistant snacks like trail mix or nuts.
"Not only do we want to provide them with a few comfort items, but also let them know how much their service means to us," Smith said to the source.
For information or to get involved, contact Americas Moms for Soldiers at email@example.com, phone the organization at 954-358-9358 or visit its website at www.americasmomsforsoldiers.com