MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A West Mobile woman is getting some local students into the holiday spirit early. She started a nonprofit organization sending care packages to our troops. It is called Dixie Rear Detachment. In the last several years, Sylvie Rihner has sent thousands of packages to active duty military, and she doesn’t even have a child in the military.
“I was born and raised in France. My parents were in WWI and WWII, and I wouldn’t be alive today if it hadn’t been for the GI’s who liberated France, so this is a way to give back,” Rihner said.
Rihner decided that she wanted to get children involved so that they could learn to appreciate our Armed Forces at a young age. The students at Breitling Elementary in Mobile County jumped on board! They held a food drive and collected all kinds of goodies that they could pack for military members serving overseas. News 5 was there as they were packing the care packages and working on handmade cards. The students were eager to thank our men and women who risk their lives every day.
“I think it’s great for the soldiers especially since we are young and we are learning about it now instead of later,” student, Marley Huey said.
“I think they are going to be happy, kind of overjoyed,” student, Nathan Holly said
The packages will be sent to three places: Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa. Many times, troops write thank you notes to the students thanking them for making their day!
Dixie Rear Detachment is 100% run and operated by volunteers. Rihner wants every service member deployed abroad to know that Americans care and are grateful for their sacrifices. If you would like to get involved to help pack boxes for our troops, click here. She is always looking for volunteers.
Students at Breitling elementary have learned a valuable lesson by supporting our troops one box at a time. Rihner couldn’t be more proud of them.
“This gets me up in the morning. This is the future and it’s good,” she said with a smile.