When Kathleen Lewis and Winnie Pritchett met earlier this year, it felt like fate. The duo were paired up through the Diageo Salutes the Troops Initiative and shared an instant connection. That immediate bond could only be attributed to two things - the love these women have for their sons, and the love they have for the country their sons fought for. Prior to this introduction Kathleen and Winnie were over 2,000 miles apart and complete strangers. Each one experiencing the mixed emotions that come with having a child fighting for their country. Both of them, unbeknownst to the other, committed to doing something to support not only their own sons, but the many brave men and women serving.
Packages From Home would like to thank Toyota and the Team Toyota Volunteers for their continued support! Over the last several years Toyota has supported our US Armed Forces through monetary donations and volunteer hours at Packages From Home. We were excited to see them again this year and were amazed by the success of the Team Toyota 2013 Packing Party. This very energetic and enthusiastic group packed up an impressive 58 care packages and on top of that assisted in some heavy lifting to help us move supplies.
While we're all anxious for our 50,000+ troops to come home, there are some harsh realities everyone needs to know. Let's look at a few of them that affect what we at Packages From Home do...
Eventually there will be troops coming home, and troops deploying to replace them. The numbers will get smaller and smaller until we finally withdraw from Afghanistan and only a "few" are left behind to assist.
Ahead of these events, the military will begin to reduce its presence by closing mess halls (called DFACs) and reducing supplies available at the base exchange, where there is one. As this happens, the troops will live on MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), hygiene items will become even harder to come by, and our troops will have less and less access to non-essential communication (aka Internet, Skype, snail mail). Again, this is already happening.