Why care packages help our soldiers feel connected to home

The motorcycle community in Central Florida came together to support deployed military members during the 14th Annual USO Benefit Ride, held at the Orlando Harley-David South. For the event, motorcycle riders from all walks of life helped raise funds for the distribution of care packages through the United Service Organization (USO) and were led by the Greater Jacksonville Area USO.

“There’s nothing more than having that connection to home when you’re away,” Crystal Bracero, event coordinator for Orlando Harvey-Davidson, said to ScoreInc. “Must of us know a loved one or a friend who has served and we owe them our freedom”.

As a way to show their support to deployed members on the front lines, Bracero explains that the care packages are “a piece of home for them. To let everybody know that the community is thinking about them and supporting them because they provide us so much every year”.

The USO’s Care Package Program provides military members with items such as snacks, personal care items, local reading material, among others.

To donate or volunteer for the USO, visit www.jaxuso.org.

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