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Group that Helps Soldiers Needs Help

By Al Pefley  email

Boynton Beach, FL (WFLX)

A charity that helps soldiers overseas now needs a little help itself.

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach is a non-profit that sends care packages to troops stationed overseas.

They could be losing the place where they pack up those boxes.  One organizer says they never saw this coming. Suddenly, out of the blue, they're about to be evicted from the place they've had for five years on North Federal Highway in Boynton Beach. 

"We've got some candies, we got some drink mixes.  As you can see we've got a lot of Starbucks and Girl Scout cookies," said John Oldham, a spokesman with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, as he gave us a tour.

Each month with an army of volunteers they pack dozens of care packages for US troops in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

For the past few years, Forgotten Soldiers Outreach has used this warehouse and office in Boynton Beach practically for free.

But now a bank is foreclosing on the property, meaning Forgotten Soldiers Outreach is being forced out, being evicted at the end of the month.   "It's  very serious," Oldham said. 

Jeanelle Lenow of Palm Beach Gardens, mother of a serviceman, says it would be a tragedy if Forgotten Soldiers Outreach can't find another building.  "It's very sad to me. We would have to either find another place to do this at or we won't be able to do it at all," Lenow said. 

Her 20 year old son Michael is in the Air Force, stationed in Iraq.

She says he loves getting these care packages, filled with stuff such as candy, beef jerky, playing cards and sunblock.

"He says it's like Christmas when they get the packages," Lenow explained. 

She volunteers to assemble the care packages.

The group just learned Friday that it now has until the end of the month to clear out.

That leaves them just two weeks to find another small warehouse. And since they're a non-profit, its not like they have a mountain of cash to pay rent. "We're gonna take a positive attitude towards this and move forward. We're gonna find a home. We're not gonna end until the last soldier comes home," Oldham said. 

While American troops are searching for the enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan, this organization is searching for another place to move into.

If you have a small building, about 1500-2500 square feet the group could use, they'd like to hear from you.

Their number is 561-369-2933.

Again, they have to be out of their current location on June 30th.

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