By Lora Scripps
Weather today in Afghanistan is forecast to be a hot 85 degrees. In Iraq, temperatures are set to hit a sizzling 104 degrees with widespread dust. Add military fatigues, combat boots and the gear needed to get the job done and it makes for a sweltering day. Conditions can be even worse for those who suffer sunburn.
These are situations countless soldiers endure daily as they serve their tour of duty in both in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
Air Force National Guard Staff Sgt. Timothy Naylor of Athens knows just how hot it can get in the Middle East this time of year. He served a tour of duty in Iraq in 2008 and is preparing to be deployed to Afghanistan.
Tim’s first deployment wasn’t long after he married wife Lindsay in 2008. “It was really hard, but we pulled through great,” she said.
Lindsay, an Independent Mary Kay consultant, is on a mission to ensure her husband and others serving in his unit have items needed to endure the heat.
She has started Operation Sunscreen — a fundraising effort aimed at sending sun packages directly to troops.
“It is something that my Mary Kay sales director and I put together,” Lindsay said. “We wanted to do something for our heroes since they are doing so much for us.”
For a $25 donation, one SPF 50 sunscreen, one SPF lip balm and a letter of encouragement will be sent to a soldier. A $100 donation will include four packages including an extra package in the donor’s name. The cost also covers tax and shipping. The deadline to make a donation is June 25.
“We are trying to send as many packages as possible,” Lindsay said.
While daddy is away
This deployment might be a little harder for the Naylor family. In February 2011, the couple had a little girl — Adalynn Brook. “She is our sunshine,” Lindsay said. “She is very much a daddy’s girl and she pals around with him everywhere.”
Tim is being deployed in the next couple of weeks and will be gone for six to seven months. “It’s going to be hard,” Lindsay said. “I am most worried about Adalynn. Two-year-olds just do not understand things like this. We have been trying to get her used to the idea. She will tell you, ‘Daddy works with the Air Force and he is going to Afghanistan to fight a war.
“I know God will be watching over him and our family, too,” Lindsay said.
Focusing on something like Operation Sunscreen gives Lindsay comfort. “We would be honored to take any monetary donation for this cause,” she said. “Any little bit would be great.”
To make a donation to Operation Sunscreen or to find out more, contact Lindsay at 256-998-1100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.