MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) -- Brand new rubber flip-flops are stacked in Brenda Frye's family room, where she has boxes ready to pack them up and so she can ship them. Her home has officially turned into "Operation Flip-Flops" to help wounded warriors.
Her daughter, Georgina Walton Floyd, is an Air Force Medical Technician currently deployed in Bagram, Afghanistan. She called her mom a few weeks ago to tell her the desperate need hospitalized soldiers have for flip-flops.
"She asked for her next care package if we could possibly mail lots of flip flops. I thought it was a strange request, so I asked her why did she need flip-flops. She explained the soldiers that she cares for in the ER in the combat hospital in Afghanistan don't have flip-flips," Frye said.
Georgina told her the wounded soldiers receive care packages with other necessities, but shower shoes or flip-flops are missing.
"Her patients walk around the hospital barefoot or mixed-matched flip-flops, or too big too small or whatever they can find on-hand."
Her daughter's request has gone viral online, with word spreading beyond the Lowcountry. Frye said she is receiving phone calls from as far as California, and many businesses have also opted to donate or have a dropoff site.
"It's become a full-time job. I'm up until two or three in the morning," she said.
She has launched a Facebook fan page, where as of Friday she had more than 300 likes. She said the mission won't be complete until every wounded soldier has flip-flops.
"We're going to start sending them to all the combat base hospitals in Afghanistan," she said.
If you would like to help you can contact Brenda Frye at 843-864-6423. You can also make a monetary donation on PayPal.
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