VFW Post 3962 and Mid-South Project Package is teaming up to let soldiers in combat zones know just that.
Post 3962 recently began a partnership with the organization by becoming a drop place for items to be sent to deployed service personnel from the mid-south area.
“It is great the VFW has got involved and is assisting with the project,” said MS Project Package Coordinator and Founder Rickey Pope. “Our goal is to send a package to every soldier in the area each month.”
Through the past nine years, the non-profit and volunteer organization has sent over 30,000 donated items to soldiers. Presently, the group sends out 475 packages each month.
“It is our way of letting them know we have not forgotten and how much we appreciate them,” added Pope. “Our biggest problem is getting addresses of those we want to send a package.”
Post 3962, located at 1 Purdy School Road, will be accepting items from a wish list every Friday. Monetary donations will also be accepted with members of the VFW Men’s and Ladies Auxiliary available to help donors.
“Every penny collected goes to mail the packages,” said Pope.
Each package contains items from $25-$30. Cost to mail one package is $12.
Corinth Alderman Chip Wood was one of the soldiers to receive a care package while stationed as a Navy Seabee in Afghanistan.
“When an organization like this sends a package, it lets soldiers know how important they are,” said Wood. “A lot of times they are forgotten, but through this they are remembered.”
Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin signed a proclamation honoring the VFW and Mid-South Project Package for their effort in drawing attention to those serving on foreign soil.
“What they are doing means so much to those men and women away from home,” said the mayor.
Neither the VFW Post or Project Package receive any compensation for their effort.
Items on the wish list are baby wipes (unscented), batteries (any size), beef jerky, bug spray/wipes, candy bars, coffee (1 pound or smaller), cookies (individual sizes), deodorant, eye drops, flip flops, foot powder, fruit cups, gum, hand sanitizer, hard candy (individually wrapped), hot chocolate, Little Debbie snacks, lotion, mouth wash (small), nuts (all types), oatmeal cream pies, peanuts, pop tarts, popcorn, pre-sweetened drink packets (individual size), ready-to-eat-meals, slim jims, snack crackers, sunflower seeds, sunscreen, toilet tissue, tooth brushes (with case), tooth paste, trail mix, tuna packets, vienna sausages.
Items collected will be sorted and forwarded to the package processing center in Southaven.
“This is a God-orchestrated thing,” said the project coordinator. “He has provided someone or something every time there has been a need.”
To add a name to the list contact MS Project Package, 385 Stateline Road, Southaven, MS 38671.