Jim Hake is the founder and chairman of Spirit of America, a nonprofit organization that helps Americans serving abroad assist people in need, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jim has written a book called 101 Ways to Help the Cause in Afghanistan.
I asked Jim to tell Power Line readers about his book. He has graciously responded with the following:
Help the Cause provides specific ways to support our troops in Afghanistan and help the Afghan people. It features projects from 65 organizations, including Spirit of America.
For the last 6 years, Spirit of America has supported our troops’ humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq. With donor contributions, we have provided sewing machines, medical supplies, tools, shoes, blankets, toys and more – all at the request of our troops for the benefit of local people.
I’ve seen firsthand that the support of the American people is crucial to the safety and success of our servicemen and women. Something as simple as a pair of sandals can save the lives of our Soldiers and Marines.
I wrote the book because many people want to help but either don’t know what to do or don’t think they can make a difference. Too many are on the sidelines at a time when the kind of support Americans can provide is exactly what is needed in Afghanistan.
In Help the Cause, readers will learn specifically what they can do and how “small things” can have a great impact. The book features grass roots projects that quickly get assistance down to the front lines where it is needed most. Marcus Luttrell, Navy SEAL and author of Lone Survivor says, “These projects are essential to building relationships that help local populations and those serving in harm’s way.” If you don’t like big bureaucracy and you do like initiative, ingenuity and results, you’ll like the book. More importantly, you’ll like the organizations and the work they are doing.
There are meaningful ways to help no matter what your political views. There are ways to directly support the success of our troops and their mission. There are ways to help the Afghan people; e.g., microloans for Afghan women. The book also provides ways to help those who have served, including one of my favorites: how to buy a steak dinner for the wounded at Walter Reed. If you have friends who support the troops but haven’t yet done anything tangible, this will be a great gift.
Senator John McCain says, “The war in Afghanistan can be won. Americans who want to support our troops and their Afghan partners should read Help the Cause.”
The book is available at BCH (faster delivery) and Amazon (Amazon’s book availability is wrong. It should take only 10 days to get it). Profits are shared among the 65 nonprofit organizations that are featured.
Whether you want to assist our mission in Afghanistan by giving support to our troops and their families or by providing aid to the Afghan people, this book is full of great ideas.