Volunteers send care packages to Fort Bragg soldiers in Haiti

Posted February 3, 2010 7:37 p.m. EST
Updated February 3, 2010 11:39 p.m. EST

— Nearly 3,500 Fort Bragg soldiers are serving in Haiti, most from the 82nd Airborne Division. They may be spending Super Bowl Sunday away from home, but some volunteers are making sure they won’t go without comfort foods.

"So what you see here is our mission: Take care of our troops, take care of their families, wherever they may be,” said John Falkenbury, president of USO of North Carolina.

Falkenbury's organization partnered with Fayetteville stores to bag and ship snacks for soldiers in Haiti in time for Super Bowl Sunday.

"You can mess with the soldiers any other day except two. Every other day is fine, but not these two: Mother's Day and Super Bowl Sunday,” Helmick said.

"This is how we say thank you to them (soldiers) for all the sacrifices they make for us,” Army wife Sebe Nieves said.

Nieves helped box up the snacks Wednesday at Green Ramp on Pope Air Force Base.

"So we're multi-tasking, that's what it's all about. Just making sure they get a surprise when they get there,” Nieves said.