Shipping out Christmas Boxes has begun! We have so many this year it will take a couple weeks!
It's that time of year and all the requests for Christmas packages are coming.. Thanks for the continued support so we can fill them up. :-)
A letter back from some troops... Looks like we almost started a fight :-)
Just got a big donation from staff at Landry's Inc. and repacking in big boxes to ship out.
Sending out all the Christmas boxes ... They seem to be getting to most people quite fast even with the holiday rush.
21 boxes now. Thanks to the people that donate cash, online, cookies and more - we are still able to keep doing it without Walgreens. God is good!
Hosting information table at BOCES opening day for donations
Just shipped out 3 more boxes - Afghanistan and Dijbouti (Navy and Special Forces protecting waters near Yemen - Terrorist Hub)
Walgreens ends their support after many years...
Boxes are being sent to Iraq, Afghanistan, kuwait, Dijibouti (Yemen area) lately...
No chocolate now but lots of other goodies going out.
Here is a letter that came back...
We are now sending to troops in Africa! - Yes the terrorists have taken over Yemen.
Some thank you notes we got ..
Still sending out Christmas boxes... about 20 so far to Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan... Busy Season!
Just had a meeting at work and the staff of the organization is going to help us now!
This is great news as we have troops going into Iraq again and they have very little.
Wow - time has passed us by and I'm sorry I havent updated this site to keep you all up to date.
We have had continued support from Walgreen stores and their shoppers so a BIG THANKS to them.
We also would not be able to continue without the continued support from local people supplying their talents with baking cookies
and giving in other ways such as financial so we can go out and buy what has been requested. I can't believe we started this in 2005
and thanks to God we have been able to continue this long. His will be done. We want to keep our troops in our are hearts and prayers.
We also will keep letting them have a little bit of home for as long as we can - God willing! Bless you all for your help!
Easter Boxes are sent! Thanks to Walgreens and Girl Scouts for all their donations!
What can we say, but a big thanks to our biggest supporter - Walgreens Stores & Their Customers
Picked up two boxes of candy donated by Walgreen shoppers at Holland Ave, Albany
as well as 4 large boxes of left over Christmas Candy donated by the store
Walgreens Stores in Albany and Clifton Park & Their Customers have been awesome!
Filled the truck with 14 boxes of Christmas candy from Clifton Park Walgreens including donations from customers
Got this great card from a medical ICU team we're supporting in Afghanistan
The treats not only help their morale but help for those giving blood to get sugar levels back up.
From Capt Colleen Hollis
We received a flag on 5/11/11 which was flown at Camp Al Asad, Iraq
An article in the Troy Record about us!
You can read it here:
Found this article about one of the EOD (Explosive Ordanance Disposal) units we support, the 79th in Afghanistan
Warriors Log - A newsletter sent to us form one of the units we support
Normally I don't post emails here but this guy says it all. Its why we do what we do. God be with you Jimmie. - Jeff
From: Jay Pugh
Jeff & Josey,
Subject: RE: Care Package
|12/23/10||All the Christmas boxes have shipped out - between 30-40 boxes I'm thinking I shipped all boxes were between 40-65 pounds each.|
|10/10/10||We've been getting a lot of new requests from units lately and are praying for more donations to keep the boxes rolling out.|
Latest News from 5/10 - "Pain by Steel Rain"
I don't usually post emails here, but I thought this one was a great representation of the Christmas season.
Merry Christmas to you too.
I cried when I received this ya'll have blessed me so. I do appreciate
what you do for the Troops. You made my Christmas complete. I have my
other 3 kids with me Ashley 19,Travis 21, Trey 23 all said thank you.
I don't think they realize what their brother is going through over there.
Though I know they love and miss them. I am just thankful he received
the thing he wanted most of all the jerky and you made it happen. Thank
you all so much you are very blessed people. You have bless me so. God
bless you all....
Emails have come back from some of the troops who got their Christmas boxes on time - before Christmas!
Hip Hip Hooray! - the last of the Christmas boxes are on the way!
I just realized that I haven't posted any "news" in quite a while so lets catch up! We are shipping out a donation of over 600 pounds of candy this year from the great dental office in Mass. Its been a great addition to halloween boxes and Christmas boxes and has served both troops and the local children for lots of rasta? I think thats what they call it - aka respect.
Its been a whirlwind of activity with boxes being packed daily and shipped every other day. Everyone knows me at the post office as "The Candy Man" and we've even got donations from one of the post office workers who has to lift my big boxes! Thanks Jonie!
Josey has of course been dipping chocolate treats like crazy and I'm shipping as fast as she can make them.
I've picked up more contacts in Afghanistan lately since they have it rough there now and there are a lot more on the way.
We've got some great donations from girl scout troops lately and I think the boys are getting shown up - Any Boy Scout troops up to the challenge?
Thanks to everyone who keeps supporting our effort! Even when times were tough and we thought we may not be able to continue, God intercedes and provides so we must be doing the right thing. So, by God - we are going to keep doing it!
Any help is appreciated and goes 100% to items shipped! (Donate here)
This is a Chaplain we are helping. Thanks for all your support!
Subject: Shipping to RP1 Hawthorne and RCT 8
2/19/2009 By Cpl. Eric C. Schwartz, Regimental Combat Team 8 CAMP RIPPER,
Thanks to concerned citizens sending donated goods to servicemembers in Iraq, ecstatic Marines and sailors can stop by the chapel annex to peruse through carefully organized, donated items for free.
“This place builds morale” said Staff Sgt. Chad Logan, the personnel chief with Headquarters and Support Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 8. “It shows that people at home care about our well being.”
Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Hawthorne, the religious programs specialist with RCT-8, has worked tirelessly restocking the shelves of the small annex on a daily basis with donated items sent from nonprofit organizations and citizens in the United States.
“Hygiene gear is usually one of the big ticket items we stock up,” Hawthorne said.
Throughout the week, Hawthorne picks up the donated goods sent by mail and fills the shelves with soap, shower-shoes, candy, and razors.
“Marines always need razors so they tell me to look out for them in packages,” Hawthorne said.
Hawthorne understands the need of basic hygiene items and makes sure that Marine units that fall under the regiment’s command are constantly stocked with donations.
“I don’t keep everything here,” he said. “I’ll send it to battalion chaplains for other units.”
Spreading the wealth is an understood concept for Hawthorne, but he also corresponds with the unit contacts to make sure only usable items are sent to the battalions.
“I make sure the units have what they need,” he said. “I wouldn’t send them boxes of toothbrushes if they don’t need them or a bunch of feminine products if they are a grunt unit.”
Marines not only enjoy the free items, but because of their busy schedule, they aren’t always able to wait in the long lines at the local exchange.
“I like not having to overpay for hygiene items,” said Lance Cpl. Marcus McMurray, a command-operations-center journal clerk with RCT-8. “Plus I don’t have to wait in line and that’s very convenient.”
Marines and sailors within the regiment, units passing through the camp, and visitors to the camp have enjoyed the availability of the donated items and are thankful for the groups who mail the care packages.
“I wouldn’t be able to fill up these shelves if the organizations back home wouldn’t put their time, money and effort into this,” Hawthorne said.
|Our nephew, Patrick is back over in Iraq now. His picture is first in the slideshow on the main page. He is a medic and plans on teaching Iraqi soldiers the skills they will need to carry on their fight for freedom. His first box in time for Valentines Day just went out yesterday with 3 other boxes to other companies over the last couple days. Please pray for all their safety and for them to come home soon.|
|Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 9:32 PM
Check out the Power Point slideshow
--- photos taken during mail distribution to 2nd Battalion 7th Marines,
the US Marine Corps battalion that was later replaced by 3rd Battalion
The Associated Press
CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan, Dec. 21, 2008 – The chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff got a close look at conditions on the ground in
western Afghanistan today during visits with a provincial reconstruction
team and the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines.
It was Mullen’s second visit to the region. He was here earlier this year when Marines first moved in to the region.
The chairman flew aboard an Air Force C-130 from Kabul to a dirt airstrip next to the provincial reconstruction team base in Farah. The province is primarily agricultural, with opium poppies its primary cash crop. Some 70 percent of the population lives below the Afghan poverty line.
The PRT here is a mix of Army and Navy personnel, with the sailors from all over the service and carrying a mélange of specialties. Most of the soldiers are civil affairs specialists or members of an infantry unit that provides force protection. State Department, Department of Agriculture and Agency for International Development personnel round out the team.
Mullen held an all-hands call with the base personnel, assigned in a region that’s a hotbed of Taliban insurgents and banditry.
“I’m incredibly proud of the way you are accomplishing your mission,” Mullen told the soldiers and sailors during his all-hands call at the base. “What you are doing is important to our country and ultimately the citizens of this country.” The chairman thanked the servicemembers for their and their families’ sacrifices.
Mullen met with provincial leaders at the base and spoke of the needs of the citizens of the region. Roads, schools, agricultural advice, wells and basic services are in short supply, and provincial leaders look to the Americans for help.
The team leaders explained the transportation difficulties inherent in operations around the region. A portion of the country’s Ring Road links Farah with Kandahar. Dirt roads – some little more than goat trails -- link the towns.
The chairman got a bird’s eye view of transportation challenges as he flew to the next stop of his tour at Forward Operating Base Baqwa aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. During the flight, Mullen viewed a landscape not unlike that of Mars. Knife-edge ridges separated valleys with bone-dry wadis at the bottom. Not a single tree or blade of grass marked the route, a testament to the region’s 13th year of drought.
The Baqwa base is manned by Kilo Company 3-8 Marines. “It’s not the end of the world, but you can see it from here,” said one Marine at the base.
Marines patrol the valley and the small villages, Marine 2nd Lt. Kenneth McKenzie, the platoon commander, told Mullen. The young lieutenant was frank and forthright about the job the Marines are doing under tough conditions. Mullen had a tray ration lunch with the Marines at the base and discussed the mission and their contributions to it.
The chairman then choppered to another forward operating base in Delaram. The Marines share that base with an Afghan National Army battalion, called a kandak, and anticipate more kandaks arriving as the base is expanded.
The Marines at the base are training and mentoring the Afghan National Police and the Afghan Uniformed Police.
This base is next to the Ring Road, and supplying it is a bit easier than at Baqwa, the Marines explained.
After leaving Delaram, Mullen flew to the reinforced battalion headquarters on this British base, where the Marines are tenants. The chairman held an all-hands call with the personnel and received a briefing on the lay down of forces in the region and the threats. He then returned to Kabul via C-130 aircraft.
Mullen said he welcomed the visits to get the sights, sounds and smells of life on the sharp end of the spear. At every stop, he spoke with the troops and asked them what they need and what he can do to help their missions. If he didn’t have an answer, the chairman took e-mail addresses so he could write back personally.
We've just adopted another platoon of 656 troops in Iraq who are setting up new FOB's (Forward Operating Bases) The Chaplin has requested personal hygiene items and DVDs.
Chaplain (Captain) Sang H. Kim with the 1-77th Field Artillery Battalion, stationed in Iraq. He writes:
“Our Battalion is in very isolated locations in order to build new FOB's and to provide full spectrum operations to secure the Iraqi population. We would appreciate it if you would please send your care packages to our Soldiers. Your generosity will make our continuing mission possible.”
These soldiers would like to have some personal hygiene items and DVDs to keep them entertained.
There are 650 male soldiers and 6 female soldiers in this Battalion.
The Troops are receiving their boxes and we're getting all sorts of joyous replies from them. See their Emails
The "Sweathogs" seem to love their Christmas hats - check out the reindeer antlers and santa hats we sent :-)
|12-15-08||Sent out the last of the Christmas boxes. I think it was 17 boxes and about 700 pounds this time.|
|11-28-08||Shipped out another 6 boxes at 160 #s today - mostly candy. We picked up some new units.|
|11-22-08||Shipped out the first 5 boxes of the recent donations 134 pounds to Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan troops|
|11-20-08||Drove over 200 miles today to pick up another generous donation from a dental office who does a buy back of candy from their kids. They also gave us many toothbrushes and 2 cases of toothpaste. 14 boxes in all! They also had kids make cards for troops which we will post. Thank You!|
|11-14-08||Another few boxes went out today in time for their Thanksgiving. We are going to pick up more candy from the Dental Office BuyBack to ship out soon!|
|11-10-08||Latest box to go to our troops in Afghanistan. It weighed 69 pounds . (70 is the maximum allowed)|
|10-29-08||Halloween boxes have been going out filled with candy, and Josey's now famous homemade chocolate and caramel coated apples. See the emails page for some replies sent from the front.|
|10-26-08||Sorry I haven't been able to keep up with all the latest news lately! We are shipping to a few new contacts since the last time and some have come home!|
|4-18-08||We got another letter of thanks from Christina here|
|4-17-08||News story - Nearly 1 in 5 soldiers have mental or other head injuries returning from combat.|
Send a letter to this soldier - he gets no mail...is a single dad with two kids.
Let him know that you got the
contact information from a friend of Cpl Papa Jobe.
We received an email from Angel about a Doctor in Iraq and we've adopted her.
She is distributing gifts she receives to many. See her story here!
|4-1-08||LiLjosh Wright <email@example.com> wrote:
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2008 11:23:06 -0700 (PDT)
"Thompson, Mark E MAJ USCENTCOM 160TH SIG BDE" firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Subject: Soldiers In Need of support
160th Signal Brigade UMT Outreach Programs
Please remember that we can not give out any names or address of deployed Soldiers.
1. Soldiers Free Store (On going)
Soldier Free Store: (These are just suggestions)
1. Soldiers Free Store (On going)
2. Operation Hope” Clothing Drive, for the Refugees in Kuwait. April & May
Any Clothing (please wash all items)
|2-17-08||Our contributions of books, movies etc for a "platoon library" are received as we receive pictures back from them opening boxes and enjoying a couple of the treats that were sent along as well|
- Confirmations have come in - they all arrived in time for the Big Game!
Superbowl Party Boxes have gone out weeks before the big game so they should all have them in time. The biggest was over 50 pounds this time!
THIS IS A MARINE WE HELPED BY SENDING A BOX AT CHRISTMAS , WE HEARD HE WAS ON HIS FIRST TOUR AND NOT DOING SO WELL FROM JOSH WHO CONTACTED OUR WEB SITE.
From: April B
Hey Josh, How are you doing? I hope all is well with you. I just wanted
to give you an update. I actually got a phone call from Justin today.
He is exhausted and freezing, but for the most part doing okay. He sounded
We've adopted 50 new troops in Iraq and sent the first box out today to them . Here is the original note we saw on these troops.
I received a letter from Penni, a concerned Aunt. Her nephew, CPL Lonnie Bowman, is currently in Iraq. She tells me that Lonnie and the 50 other men in his unit live on a base where there is only one little store. The owner, an Iraqi, has taken advantage of the situation by raising his prices outrageously. They have no running water and use wet wipes for washing up. They live in small, old huts on an old army base. Electricity is the only utility they have. They use hard candies when out on marches to keep their mouths moist. Sometimes they also throw some of the candies to little children, even when they don't have much for themselves.
Penni tells me that the guys will share whatever they receive. They could use any of the following items:
Kiddy mixes or individually wrapped candies they can put them in their
pockets. Sheet sets for twin beds, 60's music CDs (Motown, Temptations,
etc.), rugs or any type of floor covering. Even canvas tarps would help.
Wet wipes, hygiene items, toiletries and simple board games to pass the
time. They would like movies, but they don't have any way to play them.
Maybe if someone sent them a freestanding DVD player. Also, pictures from
home, postcards and anything to put on their walls.
|12-07||We've adopted several Marines in Iraq. The names were given to us from Josh Wright. One was on his first tour and was having a hard time so we sent out a box to him first. Others had been on many deployments there.|
We support an Army armored hospital unit of 94 troops located in Camp Victory, Baghdad
|2006||We have added 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan|
|We also now support 25 more troops in Iraq in IED Defeat|
From America Supports You ...
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The goal is to get people to take a moment during the Thanksgiving Day holiday to think about those who are serving this nation, and take an action that signifies they appreciate their sacrifices. Giving Thanks is expected to be a unifying moment for the nation, during a time in which families traditionally come together and express gratitude for things large and small that contribute to their lives. The United States currently has troops serving in 177 countries. The troops and their families will be told how many people have texted in their thanks and will get to see many of the messages.
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About America Supports You
Since its formation two and a half years ago, the America Supports You program has welcomed over 300 grassroots organizations and 35 corporate sponsors to its team. Many America Supports You team members support the troops through letter writing, care packages, helping the wounded when they return home, assisting military families, sending an email or making a kind gesture—to learn more about how you can help please visit www.americasupportsyou.mil
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