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SC mom is on a mission to collect aloha shirts for deployed soldiers

(Image: Hawaiian Shirts for Deployed Soldiers/Facebook) (Image: Hawaiian Shirts for Deployed Soldiers/Facebook)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

What goes into a care package for a deployed soldier?

Food, probably. Toiletries. Maybe some reading material?

Gwen Pollard's 24-year-old son wanted none of that. He asked instead for aloha shirts.

Oh, and he wanted a lot of them — 300 to be exact, for himself and for his fellow soldiers. 

Turns out his Army unit members spotted him wearing a Hawaiian shirt on his day off and they wanted in, too.

So the South Carolina woman set to work, at first asking friends and family and then going to businesses for their help. She set up drop-off sites, and went on the local news.

She then took her request to Facebook, and suddenly people all over the United States were asking if they could pitch in.

People pledged to mail her shirts from Nevada and Colorado and Louisiana.

"I'm off to find shirts," wrote Dorothy Dundas in a post on Pollard's Facebook page. She lives in Alaska.

Pollard can't say where her son, Rusty, is deployed. But she said she's been heartened and moved by the big response.

In addition to the shirts, she's asking for notes of encouragement for deployed soldiers. She plans to place one in each shirt pocket. 

“It’s just something small so we can do to brighten their day a little bit and give them something to laugh about,” Pollard told The Blaze. “These boys wouldn’t normally wear these shirts out in public, but it’s something fun for them.”

As of earlier this week, Pollard had already collected about 150 shirts.

If she gets more than the 300 she needs for her son and his unit, she plans to send them out out to other Army units.

Want to donate? Head over to Pollard's Facebook page for more information and where you can send shirts.

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