Transcript for Sneakers for Soldiers sees huge uptick in donations amid pandemic
America strong. It all started with a simple request from a son. Mom answered and so did many of you. Tonight, they are the American servicemen and women you have not forgotten even in the middle of this pandemic. It was one year ago right here, you first met this military mom Deborah Hausladen, from malvern, Pennsylvania. You might remember that simple request from her son serving in Afghanistan. He needed a pair of sneakers because his sneakers were starting to wear out. The sneakers he'd been issued were worn through. We said we'd gladly send him a pair of sneakers over and we She had an idea and got to work. Within a week, we had sneakers for soldiers formed. After our first report aired, so many of you helping Deborah. $300,000 in donations in the first week. Even schools helping. Wyoming valley west middle school raising $5,000 and the smiles when those sneakers Hi, David. And tonight, Deborah with the new numbers. Since last July, when you first aired our story on America strong, we shipped over 2,600 pairs of sneakers to troops deployed to combat Zones and eminent danger areas. She is now shipping 300 pairs of sneakers a month. Donations from all 50 states. Hey, David. Tonight here, corporal Ethan, we can't reveal his location of last name, but he tells us the need has been even greater this year because of the pandemic back home. With covid-19 restrictions, I was having a real hard time finding a new replacement pair. I'm so appreciative to have. Thank you. Hey, David. Specialists Ryan, Daniel and Morgan, too. These provide us motivation and morale. Thank you. And this, from master sergeant David. Back home, things aren't great right now, we got the pandemic going on. Just knowing that we're not forgotten while we're out here serving makes the time go by so much easier. Hi, Mr. David! And for the families back home, like mom shanina and her children, a thank you. I want to thank sneakers for soldiers for remembering our special soldier. Thank you for sending not only him, but his entire unit, we appreciate you remembering them while they're away from home. And tonight, her husband, first lieutenant Tony, with us, too. Hey, David. Those boxes arrived and we opened them up, I'm talking about adult soldiers, men and women, smiling like Christmas. And this evening, one more gift for Tony. A message from his family. Hi, daddy! We miss you. See you soon! We thank our troops. Thank you for watching. And more importantly, thank you for jumping in so The best way to get your large,
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