The Louisiana Heroes Project is asking folks to send some Fat Tuesday love to our troops serving in locations throughout the world who can’t be home this Carnival season. Mission Mardi Gras from Afghanistan coordinator Tawney Tallo, says their goal is to make sure all service members deployed from Louisiana receive a Carnival package before February 13th.

"We're looking for beads, throws, hats, King Cakes with no filling," said Tallo. "Just anything you'd see at a traditional parade."
If you would like to send a Mardi Gras Box to a deployed soldier, visit the Louisiana Heroes Project on Facebook for details. Tallo says some people don’t realize how much it means to soldiers when they get special care packages like this.
"Once you're away from your family, you hate to say that you 'lived through the holidays,'" said Tallo. "But you look for those milesotones in time that means you're that much closer to home."
Fill the box with Mardi Gras themed items such as hats, throws, costumes, beads, or Louisiana inspired foods such as beignet mix, red beans and rice, and King Cake. Tallo, who is also deployed overseas, says when these treats arrive it feels like Louisiana has come to them.
"It's a huge morale booster, and also a great way to share our culture with those around us," said Tallo.
She says they are asking that everything be sent by the 20th of January so that the packages arrive in time for Fat Tuesday.