On December 23rd I wrote a blog post about one soldier -- Specialist Gerardo Llamas -- currently deployed in Afghanistan, who is trying all on his own to get blankets to help save the lives of freezing Afghan children.
In my blog post I also said:
My husband told me that Spirit of America is an organization that helps “Americans serving abroad assist people in need.” But I wanted to support Gerardo Llamas, who all on his own is doing this humanitarian project.I took the liberty of forwarding my blog post to Spirit of America and suggesting someone get in touch with Specialist Llamas.
Here's what's just happened: Yesterday I got an email from Specialist Llamas saying that he has gotten his first shipment of donated blankets, including the four I sent from Kmart.
Today I got an email from Spirit of America thanking me for thinking of the organization and saying someone would be in touch with Specialist Llamas. A few minutes later I was cced on this email:
Spirit of America would like to immediately send you 50 blankets for distribution to those in need in your area. We have your APO address from Ms. Miller, so please just let us know that these are still needed, and I will order them tomorrow. In addition, we would be happy to create a project page specifically for your request on our website so that our supporters and friends can support your efforts.Wow! This brought tears to my eyes. I'm waiting to hear that Spirit of America has connected with Specialist Llamas. And I'll let you know what develops next.