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T – Troops: Cape Cod Cares for the Troops
Text by Christina Galt
What started out in 2005 as a project to honor our troops for founder Dylan DeSilva, has turned into a fully-fledged non-profit: Cape Cod Cares for the Troops. Today, they’ve sent over 34,000 care packages to our deployed troops and on average, they try to send about 20 to 25 care packages a week. Not only do they send care packages to our deployed men and women, they also send them to military dogs with a program they call Rocky’s Warriors. SPC Christopher Velasquez, told DeSilva and his family how he shared everything he had gotten in his care package with his dog Rocky. To honor Rocky’s memory, a National Tracking Champion who performed many tasks to fight terrorism and passed away in Afghanistan, Cape Cod Cares for the Troops created Rocky’s Warriors.
Most of the names for care packages come from the First Sergeants who will send them a list of their men and women who are not receiving any mail, “I’m always shocked to find out how many of them aren’t receiving mail and that’s why we keep going,” says DeSilva’s mother. The sad reality is that a lot of military families simply cannot afford to send their loved ones over seas a care package every month. Cape Cod Cares for the Troops tries to fund raise all year long, so they can pay the postage for care packages which can cost anywhere between $18 to $30 dollars for just one package. This year due to COVID-19 they haven’t been able to do any fundraising but are hoping to see more of the community sponsoring packages to the troops during the holiday season.
Over the years, they’ve evolved into helping the local community by supporting military families and veterans. In return, the community on Cape has always supported them when it comes to fundraising and doing whatever they can to help. At Christmas time on Cape, Cape Cod Cares for the Troops does a huge Christmas care package drive where they send 12 to 15 hundred in only one weekend. Their shipping alone for these care packages cost about $30,000! Right now, they need your help more than ever because this year they haven’t been able to hold any donation drives for supplies, so they have to go out and buy everything for every package, which is extremely costly. Even if you cannot afford to donate money or supplies, Cape Cod Cares for the Troops is always looking for cards, letters or drawings that the troops love to receive in their care packages!
For more information or to donate visit: capecod4thetroops.com.
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