Volunteers assemble hundreds of care packages for service members overseas

Douglas J. Green's mother runs the foundation and makes sure that servicemen and servicewomen are taken care of all year around. 5/30/2016 [Dominick Lee/KSNV]

"When they open up that box, it smells like home and it looks like home. And it allows them to remember that we haven't forgotten about them," said Suni Chabrow, Mother of fallen soldier Douglas J. Green.

On Monday, hundreds of boxes were packed up for men and women still fighting for American freedom overseas.

At the helm of the packing effort, was the volunteers who make up the Douglas J. Green Memorial Foundation. The all-volunteer non-profit foundation is dedicated to providing comfort and support to service members and their families through sending thoughtful and useful care packages during their deployments and planning exciting and memorable experiences for service members to look forward to once they return home.

"It's so great to see all of these people from all over the Las Vegas valley and show their support," said Green's mother, Suni Chabrow, who founded the organization.

SPC Douglas J. Green lost his life on August 28, 2011 at the age of 23; while serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. He was killed in action when insurgents attacked his unit with a RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade). He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valor, posthumously, the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

"What he loved getting were the care packages. There's no better way to spend a couple of hours on Memorial Day," said Chabrow.

Thanks to the community, over 5,000 packages are sent to soldiers every year.

"A lot of the people here also have loved ones and friends that are deployed. And they just get it. They just want to do something on Memorial Day and also remember the men and women that sacrificed their lives for our freedom," said Chabrow.

Suni Chabrow and her volunteers work all year around to make sure soldiers are taken care of overseas. To volunteer or donate , visit the Douglas J. Green Memorial Foundation website.

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