Boxes covered with children’s drawings and bright colors are lowered in nets from helicopters over Afghanistan. The soldiers point up and they know: Those are Vargas’ packages, they say.
Nicole Vargas pulls resources to send soldiers care packages through Adopt a Soldier program, and thanks to donations she has been able to send roughly eight boxes a month filled with socks, baby wipes, candy, cookies and beef jerky, amongst other basics for military personnel overseas. She also gets letters all the time that kids in summer camps, schools and churches write for the soldiers.
It started in 2000. Vargas experienced a traumatizing series of events when a neighbor used the threat of a shotgun to try and kidnap Vargas in what she believes would have then led to sexual assault had she not fought off the man and gotten away from the vehicle. The incident changed her life.
“I was just mad at the world,” Vargas recalled, but she turned her anger Login to read more