MEMPHIS, Tenn. — During the holidays people enjoy spending quality time with friends and family, but that isn’t the reality for our men and women deployed and serving overseas.
One organization is working to help keep military families connected.
Sydney Reece said she met her best friend Morgan Resha in undergrad at Ole Miss.
Morgan’s husband Michael is an Army Ranger and currently deployed.
“He got deployed right after they got married,” Reece said.
“We raised money to pay for an iPad, Kindle, everything he needed to be set up to watch Netflix, to read books while he was there. Once he was there, they figured out they needed to pay for WiFi in addition to that.”
That’s when Reece and a group of friends created WiFi for Warriors.
WiFi for Warriors is a nonprofit with a mission to provide financial assistance for individual WiFi to deployed military personnel.
Reece said WiFi can cost men and women in uniform anywhere from $60 to $180 depending on where they are deployed.
“Sometimes working $180 into your budget isn’t feasible for some families and that’s what we really want to help with,” Reece said.
WiFi for Warriors has raised more than $40,000 since September through t-shirt sales and online donations.
“We started over Labor Day Weekend and we have fully funded an entire platoon and then our next goal is to raise money for 64 men and women who are deployed,” Reece explained.
Reece said it’s important that they continue to raise funds.
“You want to spend time with your family during the holidays and when men and women are deployed they aren’t able to do that and that’s a sacrifice that they’re making and it shouldn’t be a sacrifice as well for them not to be able to talk to their families while they are overseas,” Reece said.
WiFi for Warriors currently raises money for individuals who serve in the Army with a goal to expand to other military branches.
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