National Day Of Service: Volunteers Assemble Care Packages For Troops | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

National Day Of Service: Volunteers Assemble Care Packages For Troops

Play associated audio
Volunteers will be assembling care packages for service members overseas on the National Day of Service.
Markette Smith
Volunteers will be assembling care packages for service members overseas on the National Day of Service.

As inaugural events in D.C. get underway, thousands of people will begin the weekend assembling care packages for military men and women as part of Saturday's National Day of Service.

At the D.C. Armory, volunteers with the nonprofit Points of Light are setting up items — everything from toothpaste to teddy bears and handwritten notes — all to go into more than 100,000 care packages for active military personnel on deployment.

“When you can come together and celebrate an inauguration around service, it’s kind of the best of both worlds,” says Gary Renville with Points of Light.

High ranking officials, such as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, are scheduled to help. Capt. John Adams received a similar package a few years back while serving in Afghanistan.

"I received a precious letter from a young child in Arizona telling me that he's proud of my service and wishing me luck, and also telling me that if I get back, he's going to treat me to some frozen yogurt," Adams says. "And he signed it ‘Tommy,’ so I still have to cash in with Tommy, but I certainly appreciated it."

Adams says, the letter was his favorite part of the package, calling them "a big morale booster."

“I always tell people the care packages represented so much more than the contents inside,” he says. “We felt an everlasting connection with Americans back home. This is just one aspect of what I received in an Operation Gratitude Care Package."

The volunteer effort is part of the Presidential Inaugural Committee's official Day of Service events.

NPR

TLC's '19 Kids' Pulled For Sex-Abuse Scandal

Josh Duggar of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting admitted "wrongdoing" amid media reports that he allegedly fondled underage girls as a teenager. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with TV critic Eric Deggans.
NPR

Clean Your Grill, And Other Hot Holiday Tips From Alton Brown

Whether you're barbecuing OR grilling, a meat-eater or a vegetarian, here's how to keep your flavor from going up in smoke this Memorial Day weekend.
NPR

Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

The Senate worked late into the night but was not able to figure out what to do about expiring provisions in the Patriot Act that authorize the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.
NPR

The Future Of Cardiology Will Be Shown In 3-D

The Living Heart Project aims to create a detailed simulation of the human heart that doctors and engineers can use to test experimental treatments and interventions.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.