FLUSHING — In an effort to help support America’s troops while overseas, Delehanty Ford has teamed up with The Desert Angels to create a new event titled “Treat Our Troops.” The goal is to fill 200 boxes with various items for the men and women of the armed forces that are serving in harm’s way.
Many of the items sent overseas are completely unavailable to the recipients unless mailed to them from home, which is the basis of the Desert Angels’ ambition.
John Delehanty, General Sales Manager at the dealership, said that the event was spurred by his wife Suzanne’s involvement with the Desert Angels organization. “The objective of what the Desert Angels and what we’re trying to do here is to bring a little bit of home to the guys and girls deployed overseas. They’re doing such a great job for all of us here stateside, and so we want to send these care packages to some of the most dangerous and difficult areas in the world,” said Delehanty.
The Desert Angels began in 2001, soon after the 9/11 attacks, when Louise Downs Blain, of Linden, chose to help her best friend, whose son had just been deployed overseas, “dropped in the middle of nowhere.”
“It’s about the act of giving to someone else,” said Downs Blain about her organization. “It’s about our troops, and it’s about patriotism. Each box contains things that these men and women would never otherwise have access to. They don’t have a Walmart they can just run into over there, so they need us to help them.”
After “joining forces” with the Desert Angels to collect the items and “treats” to help bring comfort to the troops, the dealership and the organization are inviting the public to help.
“We invite everyone to join us in collecting items to include in the care packages that we’ll be mailing to our men and women serving in our deployed armed forces overseas,” added Delehanty. Now through Oct. 15, those wishing to participate can bring any number of the items to Delehanty Ford in Flushing.
On Saturday, Oct. 15 from noon to 3 p.m., everyone is also invited to join the many volunteers in Delehanty Ford’s Flushing Showroom to help prepare and box up the care packages to be mailed the following week.
“It’s a fun and patriotic way to show your support and help Delehanty Ford and the Desert Angels meet our goal of mailing 200 boxes to Treat our Troops,” said Delehanty.
“We wouldn’t have our freedom unless someone is laying down their life to protect it,” explained Downs Blain. “So we need to use that freedom to help them in any way we can.”
Items are being collected now through Oct. 15 at Delehanty Ford, located at 1510 Pierson Rd. Flushing, MI 48433 (3 miles west of I-75 near Elms Rd). Call 810-659-5687 for details or get more info online at www.TreatOurTroops.org, www.DelehantyFord.com or www.thedesertangel.org.
Items should include: Pre-packaged and unopened snacks, drinks and food; recreational items like footballs, soccer balls, cards, crossword puzzles, pens, paper, envelopes; items for winter like hand warmers, foot warmers, socks; personal and hygienic products like sunblock, Q-tips, chap stick, eye drops, deodorant, razors, toothpaste, tooth brushes, mouthwash, etc.; each box also contains a Bible, an American Flag and a personalized letter of encouragement. Those wishing to donate funds to help cover postage can donate as well. An estimated cost for postage is between $15 and $20 per box mailed.