As an aviation unit, Task Force 38 conducts a monthly humanitarian mission, Operation Falcon Cares, where they drop supplies right outside of Baghdad to be distributed to local orphanages, schools, etc. SGT Andrew S.and SGT Elizabeth G. run the operation, and they work with soldiers in their unit and the Air Force on base to collect everything possible to help out Iraqis in need.
"We generally try to collect clothes for both children and adults, school supplies (i.e. backpacks, pencils, paper, markers, crayons etc.), shoes and personal hygiene products," said Beth. "Things can be new or used, just nothing too 'American.' The kids absolutely LOVE soccer balls as well. We have also received blankets and miscellaneous items in the past that have been great. Since warmer weather is on the way, we are making the switch from winter-related items to summer-related items. We cannot give them anything electric, battery-powered or food."
"As we receive supplies, we sort and store them," she continued. "Once a month, we will go through and scrub the boxes of anything inappropriate and the senders' personal information. We then repackage everything and fly it down to an infantry unit, who then takes it out to the local communities."
So far, they have been able to not only donate to the local community, but also give soldiers a chance to participate in something they wouldn't usually do and have a chance to fly with the team. "It has been a win, win, win experience," she said.
One of the Special Friends supporting Operation Falcon Cares has been the Oakland Care Center of Oakland, NJ. Connie K and her "buddies" include Donna, Anna, "V", Rose and Crystal. Thanks Ladies!
Task Force 38 working with Soldiers at FOB Falcon to unload supplies for Operation Falcon Care.