This weekend Fairfax Station veterans are assembling care packages for troops currently serving overseas, and they need help.
“As a veteran myself of Iraq and Afghanistan, I can say it boosts morale because it lets people know that those back home still care,” said John Houston, who served in the Army.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8469 based out of Fairfax Station is getting ready to ship out the packages this Saturday. Inside the care packages are everything from socks to baby wipes, beef jerky, and first aid kits.
“We’ve asked people to come out and help us pack up boxes,” Houston, post member, said. “They may also write a short note or letter of encouragement to the soldiers.”
The post is working with an Alexandria-based non-profit group named Operation Care for Troops on the project. The organization collected many of the donated items. About 1,000 pounds worth of items will be prepared in 50 to 60 boxes on Saturday, Houston said.
“A pair of new socks is always a good thing,” Houston said. “It brings a smile to your face.”