LAKE WORTH, FL -- Jeanelle Lenow sorts through boxes of non-perishable items at the Forgotten Soldiers Outreach office in Lake Worth.
She started volunteering for the organization two years ago when her son, 21 year old Michael Marez, was deployed. Now he is on his third deployment in Afghanistan.
Lenow said, "He's a good guy, he has a good head on his shoulders. He's been in the Air Force for almost four years now so I would like to say that I am a very proud Air Force mom."
This Air Force mom knows what it's like for her son to miss home. That's why she started volunteering at Forgotten Soldiers Outreach which sends care packages to men and women overseas.
"He knows it is something that I enjoy and he is happy that I am able to do that for other people. He knows that when he gets packages that I put all of my love and my heart and soul into it and he knows that that means more to me than anything else," she said.
Because she volunteers so much time, Lenow was offered a paid position with the organization. But when she is not on the clock, she still volunteers every week to let the troops know that people care.
"He knows that what we are doing, in particular what I am doing, is helping other people to make sure they have a little piece of home where they normally don't get it," Lenow said.
Forgotten Soldiers Outreach
3550 23rd Avenue S.
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