Troop on the Stoop: Care packages for families of service members
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Last week on Veterans Day, the brave men and women who have served our country were celebrated nationwide.
But the families of military members are often overlooked while their loved ones are fighting for our freedom.
One local veteran wanted to find a creative way to make sure those families feel like they're being supported.
Soldiers overseas will often receive care packages from their loved ones. It's a show of support, a reminder of “we're thinking about you.”
Well, what about their families back home? Who's looking out for them? You're about to find out.
You see, mornings can be hectic for Staci Hansel. She's got her hands full getting her four little girls ready every day.
What makes it even tougher is doing it all by herself.
Her husband Charles is a First Sergeant in the United States Air Force. He's been deployed for the past several months.
Charles may be protecting our country, but there's another “soldier” looking after his family while he's gone. He's the “Troop on the Stoop.”
"It's made to comfort the children of the military,” said Blake. “That's what Troop on the Stoop is all about."
Blake Wayman served in the army from 2004-2007.
He came up with a simple, yet comforting idea: Care packages for the families of deployed service men and women.
“I love it,” said Staci. “To feel like he's there, in a sense, so we always say that our troop is protecting us, we always just have him sit up on the shelf and whenever we get upset it almost feels like he's here."
It's a small gesture that goes a long way in letting families like this know that they aren't alone.
The Troop on a Stoop care package costs around $28 and 5 percent of each one sold goes to the Yellow Ribbon Support Center.
If you'd like to send a troop on the stoop care package to a family of a military member you can find a link on our website here.