It is no secret that Kellie Pickler has been an avid supporter of our men and women in uniform. It’s something she’s been doing since she set out on her first USO tour in 2007. Over the years she has lifted the spirits of more than 30,000 servicemen and women stationed in eight countries. With that said, it is no surprise the singer/songwriter wanted to do something special for our female soldiers spending Valentine’s Day in Afghanistan and Kuwait.
Having traveled to Afghanistan on three out of her six USO tours, Kellie saw first-hand how hard it is to feel like a lady when you’re in the desert. When she found out about “Ladies Night,” hosted monthly by USO centers in the Middle East, she jumped at the chance to be involved. The event is designed to give our female soldiers a chance to bond with each other, pamper themselves and take a much-needed break from military living…it is a ladies only event!
Backed by a team of sponsors including Bed Bath & Beyond, Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn, Dearfoams and US Weekly magazine Kellie wrapped up some of her favorite “girlie” items and sent them overseas to our female soldiers for a special Valentine’s Day edition of “Ladies Night.” Boxes filled with hard-to-get items such as nail polish, slippers, manicure kits, chocolates and chick flicks, among other items, arrived just in time for a holiday treat. Kellie was unable to attend this event in person, but thanks to technology she did pop in via Skype delivering a special message of support to the hardworking servicewomen.
“I am grateful to all of our servicemen and women for the sacrifices they make, but I have a special place in my heart for servicewomen,” says Pickler. “They are some brave, beautiful and dedicated women. That’s why I wanted to do something special just for them this Valentine’s Day. While our servicewomen are spending this time away from their family and loved ones I wanted them to be able to take a moment and pamper themselves.”
We love Kellie’s strong support of our troops and we hope these special, hardworking women had a great Valentine’s Day!
For more on the USO check out www.uso.org
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