Family sock joke benefits troops

Published: 12th September 2008

Family sock joke benefits troops
A 90-year-old ex-soldier who served with the American army during the Second World War in the Philippines has celebrated his birthday by helping soldiers in the Middle East with his family.

Ohio-born Bob Brown Sr always told his family that he wanted socks for his birthday, so for his most recent festivity, over 100 family members got together to collect more than 150 pairs of the popular legwear to send out to soldiers currently serving with the army.

Mr Brown's daughter, Pam Giarrusso, said: "Being in the military was one of dad's proudest accomplishments.

"He would be pleased to be involved with anything supporting the troops."

Socks for Soldiers was established in California in 2003, predominantly asking for envelopes, body wash, lip balm and toothbrushes to send out to the armed forces.

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