The Jaimie Cox Foundation set up different drop off locations throughout Rockford, to collect items for care packages to send troops.
The Drive for Troops is in honor of fallen Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox who served on the Illinois Army National Guard during 2008 and 2009. Cox’s unit based out of Woodstock, was deployed to Afghanistan after the start of the ‘war on terror.’ Now that same unit has been deployed again to Afghanistan but this time, Belvidere citizens are pitching in.
Foundation members reached out to several units and local veterans to pick the items needed to make soldiers feel more at home.
“There was a lot of support in the early years. Many people kind of lose thought that we are still over there so it’s important to still support them. We are in communication with soldiers that are over there now and they are aware of the drive. All the donations we received throughout the community and they’ll just ecstatic and can’t wait to get their packages.” Said Adam Cox, Jaimie’s cousin. He says with the donations they’ve received they should be able to send between 200 to 250 individual care packages to the troops.