Memorial Day is an American holiday for remembering and honoring war veterans who have died during military service. Initially called Decoration Day, Memorial Day was celebrated for the first time three years following the American Civil War. A day to decorate with flowers the graves of those who lost their lives in battle. To help remember soldiers around the world who have answered the call to serve in the armed forces, here is a story from our partners, World Assist, who are serving here in the United States with the goal of helping those veterans who serve our country.
Through our partnership, World Assist has been able to distribute bars of soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, tissues, toilet paper, paper towels and some food items to service men and women in Texas, North Carolina, Northern Virginia, and Michigan.
World Assist helps two “Support Your Troops” outreach centers. These centers are a one-stop shopping experience for both active duty military personnel and veterans, including their spouses and children, to help make their transition back to “real life” easier and less stressful.
The shop-for-free centers distribute items such as new men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, bed linens, household items, and personal care & hygiene products, all on a regular basis. These men and women who sacrificially serve our country are so very grateful to receive these common items and hygiene products.
The prayer of many of these soldier’s who visit the care center is to come home alive, unwounded, to train safely, to love his country, his unit and his family. However being a soldier is not easy; it is filled with hardship, not just physically or emotionally, but financially and spiritually. These soldier’s are looking for programs that can help make a life altering contribution when each is in his/her greatest need, and together International Aid and World Assist are able to help.
Programs like this are able to help every soldier for every cause; wounded, unwounded, deployed, non-deployed, all ranks and all branches of the United States Armed Forces. You serve, you qualify.
John, one of the veterans who visits the centers, served in Vietnam and said. “It’s great to know that people care about us.” He says, “There is a big need for hygiene supplies, as most homeless vets do not have the means to get these types of items. The support from the community and from the nation is very important because there are a lot of people out here who really, really need help.”
This Memorial Day weekend, as we se honor and salute the service men and women who serve our country, we also praise God for our partners in the field who take the initiative to serve these service men and women through their organizations. Thank you for partnering with us to help these members of our military and their families who are making a daily sacrifice to keep us safe. Giving a little back is the least we can do.
We keep you in our prayers always! God Bless You.