I’ve been fortunate enough to visit our troops overseas and see firsthand what it’s like for them to spend this special time thousands of miles from the people they love most. I’ll never forget the selfless heroes I met. That’s why I feel so strongly about the USO’s Christmas Convoy.
With your help today preparing the way, this very special convoy – loaded up with everything the troops need for a much-deserved respite from the rigors of war – will reach our troops serving in remote and hard-to-reach forward operating bases in Afghanistan in time for the holidays.
It’s part of a larger USO effort to give our troops everything they need this holiday season. The logistics of such an undertaking aren’t easy. It takes time to put together. And to get the job done, we need to raise $100,000 by October 20th.
The Christmas Convoy is especially close to my heart because it reaches troops in some of the most isolated front line outposts, where the small comforts of home are especially hard to come by.
It’s the centerpiece of our ambitious effort to bring a touch of holiday happiness to more troops than ever. And everything we do – from care packages, to free phone calls home, to special holiday meals – requires vigorous support from folks back home like you and me.
So I’m hoping the thousands of troops who’ll spend the holidays on the frontlines dreaming of home and family can count on your loyalty the way you count on theirs.
Some October thoughtfulness from you can pave the way for wonderful holiday moments for our troops. Please join me in making this happen.
Happy (Early) Holidays, Joan Jett
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