FPL gives check, participates in ‘Christmas in July’ for FSO

By Lee Stephens….

Pictured (l-r) are Lynelle Zelnar, executive director of FSO; Debbie Riley, FPL Miami; Margarita Truitt, FPL Juno Beach, and Bob Nichols, FSO national chair.

Many of Florida Power and Light’s employees from Miami to Juno Beach participated in the recent Forgotten Soldiers Outreach (FSO) “Christmas in July” annual packing event at FSO’s National Operation Center located in Lake Worth.

Since 2004, the FPL’s Community Volunteer Corps (CVC) have been holding fundraisers and collection drives to help Forgotten Soldiers Outreach in their mission of sending out monthly “We Care” packages.

FPL’s Debbie Riley (Miami) and Margarita Truitt (Juno Beach) presented a check in the amount of $6,041 to Lynelle Zelnar, executive director and founder, and Bob Nichols, FSO national chair. These funds were raised via the company’s annual “Jeans Day” fundraiser conducted at FPL’s Juno Beach and Miami locations.

Many FPL employees currently are registered with the Armed Forces and/or have had family members serving in which they benefit from the FSO program. Not only are the employees of FPL committed to their own personnel and their families who have been called to duty, but to all of the U.S. servicemen and women deployed overseas.

“Our troops certainly deserve an extra holiday, so in lieu of our normal monthly packing events, we decided to up the ante and send them Christmas style “We Care” packages, Zelnar said.

“The support we continue to receive from Florida Power and Light Company sets a great example to other businesses in the surrounding community and throughout the country, of what it means to be able to do ‘something’ to show your support of our troops,” Zelnar said.

“Since 2003, FSO has benefited close to a quarter of a million of our military. It is more important now then ever to truly show our support and send our servicemen and servicewomen that ‘little bit of home’ to assure they are not forgotten.”

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach Inc., is a national 501(c) tax-exempt corporation and can be reached at 1-561-369-2933 or by email at info@forgottensoldiers.org.

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