SOLDIERS' ANGELS Comfort Wounded Warriors

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Blankets of Hope is just one of many projects to help our Wounded Soldiers. Now Soldiers Angels is making it even easier to meet the ongoing demand for these blankets.

A soldier serving in Iraq is wounded. Great medical care is given by a medic at the scene. The soldier is then transported to a combat support hospital, eventually arriving at Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany. As he travels, the patient is covered up with a warm, loving piece of home – a “Blanket of Hope” made by an American citizen who supports our troops in a very real way.

Soldiers’ Angels is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with thousands of volunteers who provide support to deployed troops. Blankets of Hope is just one of many projects. Now Soldiers Angels is making it even easier to meet the ongoing demand for these Blankets. Dee Jerge, Blankets of Hope director, has designed a “no-sew” Blanket of Hope kit that can be assembled quickly and easily by anyone. Families, scout troops, school classes and individuals will be able to personalize a one-of-a-kind message of support to a wounded hero for a donation of $25. For a $30 donation, you will receive a completed blanket to personalize with a few simple touches.

The first Blankets of Hope was sewed by Diane Laisak and was funded by the West Point Class of 1955. In 2004 these blankets were sent to Combat Support Hospitals in Iraq, where they were distributed to wounded soldiers. Since then, hundreds more have been lovingly sewn, wrapped and sent to our heroes along with other essential items. Each soldier keeps his blanket; it may cover him on the flight back home or on to another hospital for further care. That blanket may even go back to front-line duty with him.

To make your donation and receive your kit, please visit http://www.soldiersangels.com and click on Blankets of Hope on the left menu. You can also learn about additional ways to support our troops by writing letters and postcards, sending care packages and more.

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