Published: Apr 21, 2011 8:21 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 21, 2011 5:22 PM EDT

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - One South Florida organization is working to help U.S. troops stay cool in Iraq and Afghanistan as temperatures begin to climb above 100 degrees in the next few months.

America's Moms for Soldiers is working to put together more than 5,000 care packages with items like hydrating powder drink mixes, eye drops, lip balm and snack items not affected by the heat.

Judy Smith, founder of the Pompano Beach based non-profit, says they are asking for help from the corporate, business and civic community groups to sponsor a minimum of 100 packages.

Smith's own son returned from Afghanistan last year. Through his experience she learned about the excruciating heat, which can reach 130 degrees while soldiers patrol and carry 90-pound packs on their backs.

Anyone interested in finding out more can visit www.americasmomsforsoldiers.com .

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