Now, let’s talk about a very special group of volunteers who are dedicated to supporting military members worldwide. These incredible individuals provide care packages filled with basic necessities, goodies, and games to our brave troops as a way to show their appreciation. Hundreds of thousands of these packages are sent to the men and women of the military who are far from home, risking their lives to protect our freedom. Our reporter, Rick Chambers, is live in Simi Valley where these packages are currently being assembled. The organization responsible for this heartwarming initiative is called 4 The Troops, located in Simi Valley.
They have been gathering essential items such as toothpaste, razors, chewing gum, and tea bags to send to our troops stationed abroad. Volunteers like Cordless Reid have been dedicating their time to this cause because it’s a way of doing something for our troops who are incredibly grateful for the support. Typically, the group sends out around 1500 packages a month, totaling nearly 300,000 since they started in 2005. Sending these packages right before the holidays holds a special significance, but it has become increasingly difficult due to the current economy. Donations have significantly decreased, and the organization’s biggest expense is the shipping cost, which they have always managed to cover until now. To address this financial challenge, nearby business owner Allen Owens, who owns El Lago, organized a fundraiser with his wine club members to support the cause on Veterans Day.
They understand the enormous debt of gratitude we owe our forces and believe it’s important to express our thanks in tangible ways. Donating to this cause not only helps cover the shipping costs but also brings unexpected smiles and a sense of connection back home for the troops. If you’re interested in making a donation, you can visit their website at ForTheTroops.org, or you can find a link on our website at KTLA.com. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated..