Operation Helmetliner

We currently have more than 200,000 troops in overseas theaters where they are subjected to sub-zero wind chills during the winter and extreme heat in the summer. Please help us have a warm helmetliner for each one of these troops before next winter and neck coolers in the summer. While this is a formidable goal, if everyone knows about the need, we can meet it. People are glad to help our troops if they know what they can do.

If you can knit or crochet, please consider making helmetliners or scarves for our troops. It must be 100% wool, as acrylic yarn is flamable and would endanger the troops should injury occur. If they do not fit properly, they will not be sent to our troops, because they could obstruct their vision. Contact your local newspapers, churches, farm and civic organizations, electric and telephone cooperatives, etc. to publish the press release and helmetliner photo.

To date we've shipped a total of:

23,599 helmetliners
52,483 neck coolers
4044 neck gators
1540 scarves

Grand total 82,720.

Contact your local fabric stores, VFW and AMVETS auxiliaries, 4-H Clubs, etc. to get the word out about the need for neck coolers.

Items submitted that are not the approved colors of tan, brown, charcoal, grey, olive drab green and black and 100% wool, CANNOT and WILL NOT be sent to the troops.  They will be donated to a worthy cause but because of Military regulations and in some case safety- (fluorescent orange- yes we have received this color), our service men and women cannot wear pink, lavendar, red- no matter how dark, orange, lime, sage, or any other color in the spectrum.  The above colors are approved and sanctioned by the Military and they are the ONLY ones acceptable.

Please make checks payable to

Citizen SAM
7131 N. Knoxville Ave.
Suite C
Peoria, Illinois 61614

All gifts are tax deductible and 100% of your gift will go directly for our Armed Forces.

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