Forgotten Soldiers Outreach Inc
Rating: 4.94 stars 35 35 reviews
3550 23rd Avenue South, Suite 7 Lake Worth FL 33461 USA
Forgotten Soldiers Outreach (“FSO”) is a non-profit organization that require donations, care package items and letters of encouragement in order to provide support to our deployed service members and their families serving in the United States Military. Our main focus is to reach those with our monthly “We Care” packages who receive little or no support from the home front. We aim to send “that little bit of home” to assure they are not forgotten. Forgotten Soldiers Outreach is committed to our U.S. servicemen and women in all world theaters, for as long as they are deployed. In 2013, we extended our mission to offer support to our returning soldiers in need and our veterans in need who have recently transitioned via programs into living on their own. FSO Furniture & Thrift Store assists with providing free furnishings and household items to fit their needs.
Since our inception in 2003, we have benefited over 350,000 of our military, covering ALL world theaters and ALL branches of the military via our "We Care" Packages. Since we opened our FSO Furniture & Thrift Store in 2013, we have benefited over 120 Military Veteran families in need throughout Palm Beach County by providing them with Free Furniture and household items and necessities. These families have recently been homeless and have transitioned through programs into their own homes.
bring support to our troops serving overseas and our veterans at the homefromt
Direct beneficiaries per year:
Over 6,000 "We Care" packages were shipped benefiting minimum of 18,000 or more of our military deployed overseas! Plus our store benefited over 50 military veteran families at the homefront.
Geographic areas served:
communities throughout the country and the military throughout the country
Monthly "We Care" packages prepared and sent to our troops overseas, covering ALL world theaters and ALL branches of the military. FSO is always educating the public of the importance of our troops, community involvement and ways to help our mission. We are always in need of Donated Care Package items, Letters of encouragement (We have an educators link on website under Help dropdown), Volunteers and Funds !!! Our thrift store that was opened last year accepts gently used items for us to generate funds for our mission, and to also be able to provide FREE furniture and household items to many of our homeless veterans who have recently transitioned and have received housing.
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3 people found this review helpful
What this organization does is provide hope and joy to the armed forces serving in the worst places and conditions imaginable. A care package is so much more than what is inside the box, but it represents home and when you are surrounded by combat and death/destruction it gives you a momentary relief from the chaos and reminds you that there is more than the horrible circumstances you find yourself in. I was in the Marine Corps for 13 years until medically retired due to being wounded in combat, and I received many care packages and the impact that it has on you in that moment is worth its weight in gold! I volunteered for a few events with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach and was so moved by this organization and the amazing work that they do that I am now on the board of directors and supporting this organization every way that I can.
1 person found this review helpful
Great Organization which is solely operating for the benefit of our active duty military members and their families and our services members who are returning and their families. We also service any military person no matter when they may have served our country if they are in need we are their to do what we can. God Bless our heroes
2 people found this review helpful
It is very easy to describe the level of service FSO contributes to their community, region and country. One word comes mind: dedication. For 10 years, under the direction of Lynelle Zelnar, this group has grown nationally sending over 400 care packages to troops overseas. Think about what a crew package contains. It is a slice of home that brings warmth and comfort to our men and women fighting for our freedom. Some servicemen don't even know it's being mailed to them. Toothpaste, books, pictures, snacks and snickers. You name it we have it and they get it. Beyond the tangible items there is a thought inside each package. A small token to say thank you for sacrificing your life and your time away from your family to protect us. Imagine if we all could share in this endeavor. What a better place the world world be. There's nothing better than seeing a man or woman in uniform at the airport and saying thank you. Those care packages represent the same experience without the presence of human interaction. It gives soldier a lift on the battlefield letting them know they are not forgotten. I can't think of a better non profit deserving of this recognition. Why don't you join us and spread the word about the mission of Forgotten Soldiers Outreach. You can make a difference in the lives of our military families.
1 person found this review helpful
I have been with Forgotten Soldiers from its beginning. Reading the thank you letters and meeting servicemen and women that have received packages from FSO has been the highlight. Packing events bring the action to showing our support for our US Military. The best part is knowing you've sent a piece of home and encouragement to people who are putting their lives on the line for us.
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The mission of FSO is to insure that young men and women who volunteer to put on the uniform of our nation and then put their lives on the line every day, know and trust that people back here at home, care about their sacrifice.
We want them to know we haven't forgotten and we are willing to show how much we respect that service by packing and mailing "Care" packages containing letters of encouragement, and items they need but can't always get in such faraway outposts near battle zones.
With donated items we recieve at our national operations center in Lake Worth, Florida, we are able to keep the packages filled with goodies, personal necessities and of course the letters, many from children, which the soldiers serving overseas truly look forward to recieving. The packages go to individual soldiers, or to squads.
Soldiers themselves can ask for the packages to be sent by mail or on line, or family members can contact us with addresses to deliver packages to their loved ones who are over there protecting our freedom.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
There is nothing more heartwarming than to be at our national operation center or at a fund-raising event, when a soldier shows up who recieved one of FSO"s "Care" packages. When they come home and get a change to thank FSO their stories of how the items help morale amoung soldiers, bring tears to all eyes. One such soldier who appeared unannounced at our OPS Center, related his story to the volunteers, and was brought to tears himself over how much the "care" packages meant to him and his squad!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Because of the success of our work at FSO over the past 8 years, it might now be time to consider changing our name, from Forgotten, to American Soldiers Outreach. I would also like to see the Postal Service give us a much lower rate for postage on the packages we send overseas.