Going off to war must be terrifying and strange -- being a soldier in a foreign land, sent to fight a war and simultaneously establish peace and order in the world. When you're living with those circumstances, small comforts and reminders of home can go a long way in boosting your morale.
For African American female soldiers, there's an extra concern -- maintaining their hairstyle in the midst of a tour of duty.
Thankfully there's the Sister Soldier Project, a charity group that sends hair care packages to these brave women in uniform.
TheGrio.com revealed what happens behind the scenes at a "packing party," where volunteers put together 200 packages of relaxer kits, magazines, bath and body products, and letters from elementary school students. The charity has been honored with the Veterans Braintrust Award as a symbol of appreciation for the actions.
Visit SisterSoldierProject.com to support the cause -- you can identify a specific soldier to send your shipment to, or just support the charity as a whole by clicking here. Brands currently affiliated with the Sister Soldier Project include Dr. Miracle, Lusters Pink, Organic Root Stimulator and SoftSheen Carson.
If you're a beauty brand interested in supporting this worthy cause (perhaps for the soldiers who are interested in maintaining natural hairstyles?), or a sister down to support your sister soldiers by hosting a packing party, e mail info@SisterSoldierProject.com.
All photos courtesy of the Sister Soldier Project.