After an outpost caught fire in Afghanistan, more than 30 West Michigan based Guardsmen found themselves without personal care items needed for daily living. On Wednesday, May 16th, after a local newscast where International Aid first heard of the disaster, plans were put in place to help our soldier’s in need. After all, part of our mission is to “serve people in need,” so how could we not answer the call to help our own troops who give of themselves for our freedom.
Rex Lambert, Commander of the American Legion Post #459, in Grand Rapids, Michigan began heading up an operation asking the local community to donate items to our troops whose supplies had been destroyed. “Their bedding quarters and their supply dump were completely destroyed,” said Rex Lambert. “It’s amazing that we didn’t have any casualties in this situation.”
Because of our faithful partners and donors, International Aid was able to respond with 2 pallets of products for our troops. The pallets contained shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, toothpaste, shaving cream and energy bars. “This is overwhelming to us” said Lambert, “we never expected the response to be like this, we just can thank you enough.”
International Aid provides aid for local troops following fire in barracks.
Not only did International Aid answer the call for help, but so did the community. Supplies just kept flowing in the doors. From t-shirts to pillows, to snacks and flip flops, the community did not hesitate to help out. The items were assembled into packages for the troops and were sent out on Monday with Afghanistan being the final destination.
“I could not have done this alone” says Lambert “It’s the volunteers here at the legion that are giving hours of their time to manage the donations and assemble the packages, and the community for responding to the call for help.”
We here at international Aid feel the same way, we could never do this alone. We are blessed with donors and partners who make it possible for us the help in times like this. Together we can do amazing things to reach the world for Christ!
As we celebrate Memorial Day, it seemed fitting to share this story of aid. May we never forget the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women and let that be a reminder of the true sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
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left photo: International Aid products being unloaded to donation site, center photo: Rex Lambert, American Legion Post 459 Commander and donation coordinator, right photo: some of the packages that are ready to be shipped to troops in Afghanistan.