Moms and Volunteers Send Troops Care Packages

A Miami business partners with a non-profit group to spread some love troops overseas

By Brent Solomon
|  Thursday, Jul 28, 2011  |  Updated 1:11 PM EDT
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A volunteer effort is bringing joy to soldiers in Iraq through care packages.
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Twice a month, volunteers with America’s Moms for Soldiers meet to pack supplies for our military.

A group of South Florida mothers and volunteers give their time for troops who could use a little care. 

“We’ve set up an assembly line of sorts of different items that we send every month in these individual care packages to our troops,” volunteer Lauren Ackerman said.
 
On Wednesday, the group teamed with employees at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts to pack supplies to make care packages for members of the military serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
 
“There was never anyone there to support them, to say, 'Congratulations. You’re doing a good thing. We’re behind you. We’ll remember you,'” Ackermann said explaining why the group began the project two years ago.
 
They’re donating books, personal hygiene items like toothpaste and snacks and goodies to show troops they’re appreciated.
 
“I was in Afghanistan during 9/11. We were the first ship out and the first people on site. What did it mean to be in a foreign place and get a package like this? That you’re remembered," said Bill McKenna, and employee at the Arsht Center and member of the U.S. Navy. "That freedom is not free. It comes with a sacrifice and when you’re out there you’re sacrificing your freedom for America’s freedom.”
 
The group ships 1,100 to 1,500 packages a month. They’re goal today: 100 boxes which will be sent out in early August.
 
To find out how you can help donate supplies or prepare boxes for our troops, call (954) 358-9358 or visit www.americasmomsforsoldiers.com.

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