February 12, 2006

GI Go Carepackages Reach Soldiers Abroad and Kids with Cancer

The GI Go Fund, a non-profit organization supporting the troops, celebrated Valentine’s Day by delivering goods to our GIs’, and smiles to kids with cancer.

Photo of G.I. GO Volunteer Jacinta Ghaly and Carepackages sent to Iraq

The GI Go Fund, a non-profit organization supporting the troops, celebrated Valentine’s Day by delivering goods to our GIs’, and smiles to kids with cancer.

The organization sent care packages to troops stationed in Iraq during the holidays, with each care package including products from Imus Ranch Foods. Proceeds from the products will benefit the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer, a working cattle ranch founded by Don and Deidre Imus promoting health and good times for kids with cancer and SIDS.

“The Imus Ranch has shown kids with cancer all over the country how to enjoy their lives while being afflicted with this terrible disease,” said GI Go President Jack Fanous. “It is our duty as Americans to do all that we can for our fellow countrymen, especially in this time of uncertainty. With that in mind, we felt that this was a unique opportunity to help both children with cancer here at home and our courageous troops abroad.”

The care packages also include items the Department of Defense has specified the troops being deficient in. Yet while items such as soap and bathroom paper are vital for the everyday, GI Go Vice President Alexander Manis maintains that the Imus Ranch products will be most appreciated.

“Our soldiers stationed on the other side of the planet can see all the great work the Imus's do for kids with cancer. They will admire the fact that they can have a positive affect on our children beyond their efforts on the battlefield," said Manis.

Carepackages include Valentine’s Day cards from Elementary students

Along with the items from the Imus Ranch, the care packages also included hundreds of Valentine cards from students from the Robert N. Wilentz Elementary School. GI GO volunteer Jacinta Ghaly felt the cards would be appreciated by the soldiers.

“It’s great to see our kids give their support,” said Ghaly. “The valentines will show our troops that we all care for them, as well as put a few smiles on their faces.”