SOURCE: Spirit of America

Spirit of America

December 28, 2009 10:00 ET

New Book Shows How Americans Can Help in Afghanistan

"Help the Cause" Shows How Each of Us Can Help the Afghan People and Support Our Troops With a Few Minutes or a Few Dollars

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 28, 2009) - Spirit of America Press, the publishing arm of the nonprofit organization Spirit of America, today released "101 Ways to Help the Cause in Afghanistan." The book introduces readers to specific ways Americans can help the Afghan people and support our troops. The programs profiled represent 65 different non-profit humanitarian organizations, including Spirit of America. The book tells extraordinary stories of life on the ground and offers 101 programs that can greatly benefit from a few dollars or a few minutes of a person's time.

"The American people are the critical ingredient missing from President Obama's plan," says Jim Hake, "Help the Cause" author and founder of Spirit of America. Hake believes the American people can make the difference between success and failure in Afghanistan. It is that belief and the first-hand accounts he received from deployed service members that compelled him to write this book.

"We are leaving 99 percent of our team on the bench if we don't rally Americans at the grass roots level to help save lives and change hearts and minds in Afghanistan," said Hake. "Support from the American people is crucial to the safety and success of our troops."

Some of the ways to help profiled in the book are micro-loans to help Afghan women start their own small businesses; medical supplies and prenatal care to combat staggering mortality rates; solar-powered radios to connect isolated villages to the world; blankets, shoes and clothing for Afghan children; school construction and school supplies.

"We have the ability to provide the support that is needed and to provide it on a scale that makes the difference," said Jim Hake. "Support from the American people may well serve as Afghanistan's tipping point. There is much to do. Let's get to work."

Please visit to purchase the book, or for additional information. And see Jim Hake's op-ed in the Wall Street Journal (, "Spirit of America in Afghanistan."

About Spirit of America

Spirit of America is a nonprofit (501c3) charity that fulfills requests from Americans serving abroad for goods that will help local people. At the request of American troops, Spirit of America has provided millions in assistance to the people of Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa -- everything from sandals and school supplies, to sewing machines, irrigation equipment and farming tools. Spirit of America's work improves relations, saves lives, and helps people in need. For more information, visit the Spirit of America website at

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