Wisdom of Life

Our Beginnings

Lynelle Chauncey Zelnar was initially inspired, by a friend’s son, Sgt. Kristopher Knight, who was serving in Iraq in the 173rd Airborne. After hearing about the soldiers in the 173rd Airborne who were becoming extremely frustrated, discouraged, missing their loved ones and even questioning their purpose, Lynelle knew she had to do something to encourage these men and women.

She sent out emails to family and friends requesting supplies to send care packages to three individuals and many unnamed soldiers. Initially five boxes of goodies were collected and shipped within a week of announcing the need. The response for those wanting to help had been awesome. Local Teachers and schools joined in to collect items and have the students write personal letters to the soldiers.

After the initial shipment, Lynelle started receiving emails and calls with additional names of soldiers. Now, years later the list is still growing with more and more names coming from all over the country on a weekly basis.

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc. volunteers increased with announcements to the patrons of The Oasis Coffee House, located in West Palm Beach, Florida. From there it took off with several of the local Palm Beach County School SACCs (after care programs) participating, as well as contributions from organizations located in the area. After receiving local media attention, as well as National media attention, FSO, Inc., years later continues to grow. Schools, organizations, religious groups, businesses and individuals from all over the country have now joined FSO, Inc. efforts in their mission. Donated items to be distributed in the individual care packages, as well as monetary donations are sent to the FSO, Inc. headquarters from all over the country. Now with approximately 100 volunteers, including the drop off centers, there is no doubt that the Outreach would not be what it is without the help of these wonderful people. We are 100% dependent on volunteers and private donations.

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc. is a Florida Corporation that is tax exempt under section 501(c )(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and contributions are deductible under section 170 of the Code.

About Author: Lynelle

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach is a non-profit organization that ships care packages filled with donated items and letters to the United States military men and women actively serving overseas.

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