12/28/2010 01:19 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WATCH: Mother Of Killed Soldier Sends Thousands Of Care Packages To Troops

Just 11 days after she lost her son in Iraq, Dorine Kenney began sending care packages to soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nine years later, more than 400,000 pounds of packages have been sent to troops overseas, reports CNN.

Kenney founded Jacob's Light Foundation in honor of her son, Army Specialist Jacob Fletcher. The nonprofit sends boxes filled with toiletries, food, letters and other necessities year-round to support U.S. troops.

For Kenney, it's been a coping mechanism. She told CNN:

"It kept me getting up everyday after I lost my son...It would've been his 29th birthday, so to honor his birthday, I sent out a box. And I just never stopped. It kept me going, it kept me getting up out of bed everyday."


Visit Jacob's Light Foundation to see how you can help or to make a donation.