After the oldest son of Key Biscayne local Winnie Pritchett was deployed to Jalalabad, Afghanistan upon graduating from West Point, she learned that many US warriors serve in remote regions with very limited access to TV, internet, cell phones, and no way to carry heavy books or computers. It became obvious to her that the typical care package of candy and magazines wasn’t enough. They needed something that allowed them to speak with their families back home, apps that could help them cope with strenuous situations or maintain training skill, the ability to share photos with loved ones… what they really need is an iPad.
In 2010 Winnie Pritchett teamed up with Island Angel founder & Key Biscayne local, Amy Zambrano to found iPads For Soldiers. The charitable organization collects donations to purchase iPads for US soldiers serving in Afghanistan and those emotionally & physically wounded warriors recovering stateside. Through the help of the Miami community, and particularly the Key Biscayne Community, they have donated over 4000+ iPads since they begun over three years ago.
On November 9th iPads For Soldiers will be honoring Veteran’s Day Weekend by hosting a Walkathon at the Key Biscayne Village Green to pay tribute to all of those who sacrifice so much for our freedom. Get event details and register for the one mile walk on our website. The entire community is welcome to attend.
From December 5 through December 7, iPads for Soldiers is also launching their first interactive art installation called “Footsteps To Freedom” during Art Basel. The interactive art exhibition will feature authentic combat boots from soldiers in Afghanistan. This exhibit is open to the public in the heart of Wynwood (2121 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33127). To attend the launch party from 6-11PM on December 5, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about all our upcoming activations and ways to donate on the iPads for Soldiers website.