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Forgotten Soldiers Outreach Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Supporting America's deployed military service members to ensure they are not forgotten.

Results: Since our inception in 2003, we have benefited over 400,000 of our military, covering all world theaters and all branches of the military via our "We Care" Packages.

Target demographics: Supporting our deployed military service members throughout the world.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 6,000 "We Care" packages were shipped benefiting minimum of 18,000 or more of our military deployed overseas!

Geographic areas served: Communities throughout the country and US Armed Forces throughout the world.

Programs: We send monthly care packages to our deployed military service members in all branches of the military and throughout the world. Our goal is to send that “little bit of home” to military members that may receive little to no support from home. Our care packages contain hygiene items, toiletries, snacks and letters of encouragement. Our care packages are a morale booster and provide a connection to home. There are several ways that you can help support our troops through Forgotten Soldiers Outreach. Go to our website at forgottensoldiers.org and check out Ways to Help.

Community Stories

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a well-respected charity in our community. That is why many churches in our area are willing to fund raise for them. It is heart breaking to think that any of our young men and women fighting in foreign countries would not get a package from home, but it happens. Forgotten Soldiers fills that need. My son was deployed four times, and he was happy to receive "We Care" packages from Forgotten Soldiers, which he shared with other soldiers. The postage to send these packages is expensive. Don't forget to support this organization through your donation.
Linda H.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the only not for profit store that I have ever seen that truly is in this business to help our military. They have quality furniture and treasures for everyone. Keep up the great work and God Bless

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome and dedicated organization devoted to sending "we care" packages to our military who sacrifice their lives and that of their families for our freedom.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I initially read about FSO in the newspaper. I visited the warehouse and immediately signed up to volunteer. I try to help and donate any way I can. FSO makes sure that those who are sacrificing their lives for us receive a piece of home, and are reminded that they are appreciated. FSO even often helps soldiers when they come home and their families. No one is forgotten. It is a great oganization with an awesome group of devoted people.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known about Forgotten Soldiers Outreach for many years. I belong to a non profit group in Homestead and we heard about them when their Executive Director came and spoke to our group about her organization. It touched our hearts deeply. We ended up renting a charter bus and traveled from Homestead, FL up to Lake Worth to see what they were all about. We spent the day with them and packed over 300 care packages to our troops around the world. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Recently, my son was sent overseas and throughout his deployment he actually received several care packages from FSO. We are truly thankful for FSO and all their staff members and volunteers. You will never meet a more down to earth and truly amazing group of people.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

As the Executive Director and Founder of Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, it is with a humble heart and tears in my eyes that we have benefited well over 350,000 of our military to date, covering all world theaters and all branches of the military via our monthly "We Care" packages since 2003. It is simply amazing to see the dedication and commitment we receive from volunteers not only from Palm Beach County, but all over the state and throughout the country, where individuals find it in their hearts to help show support of our troops through our venue. We have something for everyone to get involved wherever you live, to be able to show your support of our mission. Our Educators link is utilized by schools throughout the country, in which the bulk of the letters of encouragement included in ALL of our "We Care" packages come from students throughout the country, the donated care package items are collected by individuals, groups, parties, etc and we are always in need of that, most importantly, volunteers and commitment are the heart of FSO, and of course, recognition to assist us in obtaining the funds constantly needed to cover the costs of the shipping and related cost of sending out the monthly "We Care" packages to our troops serving overseas. Our aim is to reach out to those who receive little or no support from the homefront! Unfortunately, this is very true and over the years this has become VERY commonplace. It's heart wrenching. Our volunteers and staff work 365 days a year to assure that our troops are never forgotten.

The best part is receiving the emails and letters of appreciation and flags flown on our behalf from our recipients, that is what keeps us going and doing what we do! !!! It is the most rewarding experience of my life, and wouldn't have it any other way!

Blood, Sweat and Tears, but still it's nothing like what our military overseas provides to us at home, day in and day out, 24/7. Thank you for supporting FSO, and please spread the word to your friends, family and associates.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been to a few packing events for Forgotten Soldiers and it brings great joy to see the love that goes into every box. This group is simply amazing at what they do. They give our troops a boost of encouragement with the letters that are sent with the boxes.....not to mention the actual box that is stuffed full of good stuff they need. We need to let our troops know we haven't forgotten about them. My best friend was in Desert Storm and always told me he never felt like they got any love from home. I have seen pictures and videos of our troops opening the boxes. You can only imagine the smile they have on their face. Brings tears to your eyes to see how happy it makes them to open their box. One soldier even mentioned its like Christmas every month for him when he gets his box. Our troops need our support and Forgotten Soldiers Outreach gives them a ton of it. There isn't any group like this in the world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family has been a proud volunteer for over 5 years now. My daughter needed 5 hours of community service to obtain her black belt in Taekwondo. We saw a news report about FSO and decided to give them a try. Well fast forward 5 years later and about 1,000+ hours we are still volunteering for this great group. It gives us great joy to give some love from home to our brave men and woman who are protecting our freedom. The items they get are vital for their everyday living needs. This group brings a vital moral boost for our troops who are away from their homes and more important their family. FSO is not just a group but they are family. Many of the volunteers has loved ones who served and want to give back. FSO simply stands for no soldier will be forgotten. There is no nonprofit like it in the world IMO. My family will be a volunteer till every last soldier is home.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first time I walked into the warehouse, I teared up. It was amazing to see all of the donated items and to partake in putting the care packages together. I have personally met a recipient of Forgotten Soldiers Outreach and he expressed his deep gratitude for the organization. With the growing number of soldiers signing up for care packages, we need to spread the word to continue receiving donations and funds to ship the packages overseas.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc. is an awesome group. They have a warehouse that has a lot of items that they send to the troops. Coming in and helping makes me feel good.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Name is Chrissy and The reason why I joined Forgotten Soldiers Outreach is Because I come from a Military Background My Dad was Air Force 20 years My Uncles was in the Army and the other one in the Navy.
My Fiancee is a Combat Veteran with the United States Marine Corps and he is the Events Manager with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach and his Dad served in the Navy during Vietnam. I found Forgotten Soldiers Outreach and I know what it means to The Military to get some thing from the States when they are deployed. They Protect us let us give back to them.
We must never forget our men and women who fight for our Freedom.
This is a Great Organization and it makes me feel very proud to be a part of it. I know with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach that they will never forget our Troops. And I am very Honored to be a part of that.

Review from Guidestar