On Saturday's "Pure Opelka," TheBlaze Radio host Mike Opelka shared with his audience the story of what inspired a military mom to send Hawaiian shirts and notes of encouragement to our troops serving overseas. It all began when Gwen Pollard's son, Rusty Carty, a soldier currently deployed with the Army 101st Airborne Division, was given a day to relax and wear civilian clothes.
"Most of the guys were reportedly wearing jeans and t-shirts when Carter came out wearing a Hawaiian shirt and a straw hat and all the soldiers laughed," Opelka reported.
In response Carter called his mom and asked that she send Hawaiian shirts for his unit, saying it would put a smile on their faces. Pollard and her step-daughter immediately began gathering as many Hawaiian shirts as they could, including a handwritten note of encouragement in each shirt pocket. The pair also started the Facebook page, "Hawaiian Shirts for Deployed Soldiers." The project has since gone viral.