Greetings Family and Friends,
The North Arundel County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has established Operation Fidelity in collaboration with the Army Community Service office at Fort Meade, Maryland. This program identifies female service members stationed overseas in remote areas and provides self-care packages.
We have supported 31 female service members in Korea, and endeavor to keep this outreach program as a part of our International Outreach and Physical & Mental Health program emphasis.
We know that our female service members often deal with culture bias, harassment, anxiety issues, and in some cases assault while stationed aboard. Long periods of family separation and combat deployment can have a lasting/long-term mental health impact. Operation Fidelity seeks to positively impact, the female service members experience while away from home.
Care packages from the home have benefits that stretch beyond simple pleasures they also:
keep service member grounded to who they are, and helps them realize home is still there
renews their sense of belonging to a greater community, with familiar items from the states
creates a sense of love and helps to boost morale.
Service members stationed in Korea were excited to receive the care packages which included self-care items and handwritten personalized greetings cards for each female member in the unit. These acts of gratitude did not go unnoticed. One soldier told another soldier and as of today, we have been contacted by four additional units at various overseas locations- Afghanistan, Bahrain and Poland, requesting our continued support.
We are called to support and serve, we seek to provide self-care packages that address their unique health, hygiene, and physical needs. With this in mind, we are asking our supporters to please consider ordering items from our wish list. These items were identified by the service members as items that are hard to find at their remote locations. The care packages will be sent directly to the four identified units on December 1st, just in time for Christmas.
The link to the wishlist is included in the flyer below or you can reach it directly by clicking here