Forgotten Soldiers Moves Base To Lake Worth 2009: Palm Beach

Forgotten Soldiers moves base to Lake Worth


Palm Beach Post Staff Writer LAKE WORTH &mdash It&39s not that people forgot Forgotten Soldiers.
It&39s just really hard to find them at the moment. The organization&39s headquarters and warehouse was for years in plain sight on Federal Highway in Boynton Beach, its big sign emblazoned with Old Glory. In June, that building went into foreclosure, forcing the owner to evict Forgotten Soldiers, which ships packages of food and toiletries to servicemen and women overseas. John Oldham stacks bags of Starbucks coffee that will be put in care packages for soldiers by the Forgotten Soldiers charity. Fewer donations have made the summer challenging for the group, which sends gifts and necessities to soldiers overseas. After receiving several offers of warehouse space, Forgotten Soldiers this month moved into a 2,000-square-foot spot in a commercial district in Lake Worth. For $1 a month, the owner gave them two years in the space. But even for $1 a month, there are restrictions. The group (like other tenants) is restricted to a discreet, barely visible sign at its entrance and can only put out its American flags once a month when it invites the public to help pack boxes for soldiers.
Consequently, donations and volunteers have dropped sharply, even for the predictably slow summer season.
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