Lutz Patriots Send 'Courage,Strength' from Home
Want to honor those who have served and sacrificed? The Lutz Patriots collect items for soldier care packages every Friday afternoon.
Memorial Day, originally called Remembrance Day, was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
If you're looking for a way to honor those who have given their lives for our freedom, consider making a donation to those still in harm's way.
Founded in 2003, the Lutz Patriots assemble at the Old Lutz Schoolhouse, 18819 US 41, every Friday to wave to passing drivers and collect donations for soldier care packages.
"Your contributions are heartfelt and a necessity as a positive morale booster for the soldiers throughout our unit. Our time here in Afghanistan feels a little shorter each time we open a package from back home. We would not have the courage or the strength to continue in the war if it were not for support from our country’s citizens, just like you," Chaplain Sneller wrote from Afghanistan after receiving a package from the Lutz Patriots last month.
"We greatly appreciate everything that you send, and share with others since your more than generous boxes have started to arrive," SSG Timothy Taylor wrote from Afghanistan.
The Patriots will be at the schoolhouse from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today if you'd like to start the weekend by dropping off items for a soldier.
You also can help by donating postage costs to help with shipping, Lutz Patriot volunteer Bruce Hockensmith said.
Make a check payable to the U.S. Postmaster and mail it to:
P.O. Box 1115
Lutz, FL 33548
Needed care package items include (a downloadable list is included in the photo section of this story):
Crystal Light to Go
tuna in a bag
Slim Jim’s meat stick
non dairy coffee creamer
Little Debbie snack cakes
athletic socks (white)
dental care products
shoe sole inserts
ankle socks (white)
feminine hygiene products
portable cd/dvd players
crocs or flip flops
letters/cards from home
paper and pen
comic and joke books
air pumps with needles