ROYERSFORD PA – Although temperatures in western Montgomery County PA are still moderate, colder weather has already nipped at the toes of U.S. Armed Forces servicemen and women in Afghanistan. Laura Secrest hopes the public can help keep some warmth in their increasingly chilly feet.
Secrest, an employee of Spring-Ford Family Practice in Royersford, is the sister of Army Commander Donald Sulpizio, whose team currently is serving in the Middle East. Sulpizio has created a Christmas wish list, not for himself, but for the 111 members of his unit. He’s hoping Santa will deliver them a sleigh-load of socks.
Sulpizio said he leads members of a “UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter task force, with the mission of flying multiple air assault operations each day; moving troops in and out of fire bases nestled in hostile terrain.” He received a gift of socks on an earlier tour of duty, and noted that “simple gesture added comfort and aided the will of both myself and brothers in arms during a time that tested all of us.”
Now he wants other soldiers to enjoy that same feeling, and his sister is spreading the word locally.
Sulpizio’s list has been posted on the “Socks For Soldiers” web pages, here, of Fox River Mills Inc. It’s an Iowa-based manufacturer of knitted socks and hand wear. Those interested in buying one or more pairs of socks for his unit can navigate to the page, scroll down to find Sulpizio’s name and list number (100353), and place an order. Look carefully; the page is filled with many such lists.
“I am reaching out for support of my soldiers currently deployed … under Operation Enduring Freedom,” Sulpizio said in a personal message on the Fox River pages. “We would greatly appreciate any support in the form of … socks to strengthen the morale and welfare of our crew chiefs, door gunners, and pilots.”
The socks cost $13 per pair, but Secrest reported that orders placed before Dec. 31 can receive a 20-percent discount by using the promotional code “SFS2012.” That effectively lowers the price to $10.40 a pair. The company covers the cost of shipping and ensures delivery. More than 8,000 pairs of socks have been delivered under the Socks For Soldiers program since 2008, Fox River said; more than 6,300 pairs are already on wish lists this year.
“Every little bit helps,!” Secrest wrote in a recent e-mail. “I can honestly say, on behalf of all the families and myself who are helping to support our loved ones serving, we are extremely thankful for all the help, support, and generosity!”
For more information, send an e-mail to Secrest, here.
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