Local Riders Help Out Injured Servicemen and Women

August 12, 2011 Updated Aug 12, 2011 at 1:05 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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August 12, 2011 Updated Aug 12, 2011 at 1:05 PM EDT

Orchard Park, NY (WKBW) - The Greater Niagara American Legion Riders and organizers with Jammies for GI's are hitting the open road to help out some injured servicemen and women. The groups are escorting a truck filled with donated items to the Walter Reed Center near Washington D.C. This is the second year riders and Jammies for GI's have joined forces and made the 12-hour trip. Jammies for Gi's, founded by Cheryl Lepsch, is a non-profit organization dedicated to supplying wounded troops with personal items after being evacuated from a war zone. Lepsch decided to start the organization after realizing the great need of injured servicemen when her own son got sick while serving as a Marine in Africa.

"It's huge for them to have a change of clothes and things from home," said Lepsch. "My son received an amazing beautiful quilt and that meant a lot to him. I personally wrote a thank-you card because it meant so much down there to have that comfort."

The Eden Sewing Center and generous residents were able to make 20 quilts for the men and women serving our country. According to organizers, items that are most critically needed are socks, underwear, T-shirts, and female items including sports bras, underwear and feminine hygiene products. Shorts for physical therapy and flip flops for the shower are also in demand. Items should be new. For more information visit: jammiesforgis.org or call 695-6867.