I am a sergeant in the United States Army serving in Kosovo on a peacekeeping mission. I was a Payson resident and graduated from Payson High School in 1995 before joining the army.
I would like to ask the people of Payson to assist us in our peacekeeping mission here by sending old clothes that are cluttering up closets and attics to the people of Kosovo.
This is my second deployment on a peacekeeping mission. My first was to Bosnia in 1998. While I was there, many churches and organizations sent clothes for us to give out to the people of Bosnia. I would like to do the same for the people of Kosovo.
First, I would like the people of Payson to know that the people of Kosovo are grateful for all that the United States is doing for them, but unfortunately, they will need a lot of help from the rest of the world to put their country back together, as the Serbian Army that occupied the country destroyed most of the infrastructure on its way out.
I also would like the people of Payson to know that I will personally guarantee that their donations will be given to those who need it, and it won't wind up sitting in some warehouse somewhere. Every window and store in Kosovo has an American flag in it, which is a testimony to the good we are bringing to the people of Kosovo.
This is truly a mission that I am honored to be a part of. We are not here to defend our country, we are here to defend humanity, which knows no borders or nationalities.
It wasn't that long ago that the people of Payson were rallying behind residents who were deploying to the Persian Gulf. I hope that same sense of community is still alive and well in the town I represent out here. That's what separates America from other nations its compassion.
While you sit in your warm homes surrounded by your loved ones, take a moment and measure what you have, and take a moment to dig out some clothes to help a child in another country start a better life. Help us leave this place a little better than we found it.
To help, write or send clothing to:
Sgt. Kaufman, Jason H.
HHB 4/27FA unit No. 23737
APO AE 09340