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Thank you from deployed Airmen in Panama City

Dear Operation Soldier Care,

We received our first 4 packages today!!!!  The Airmen loved them.  Please thank the kind people of the church for us and continue to lift us up in your prayers.

I am myself  a “Born Again” Christian and Southern Baptist. We were super happy to hear that Operation Soldier Care and the First Baptist Church of Naples was spearheading this endeavor.

God Bless!

SMSgt. Richie and 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

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OSC 118th Packing Session

Stars For The Troops were included in our August care packages.

The OSC Ministry is pleased to report that the 118th shipment for the troops went smoothly and was a huge success. All of the care packages have arrived to their final destinations in the following countries: Afghanistan (55), Iraq (12), Korea (1), Kuwait (3), Poland (2), Qatar (3), South America (3), Germany (1) and South Pacific (1).

Our shipment breakdown had 81 boxes going out with letters, 15 bibles, 92 tracts,  and each had a “Stars For Our Troops” that was supplied by the Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute http://www.msawi.org/

A big thank you goes out to American Gold Star Parents, Len and Esther Wolfer for the “Stars For Our Troops” and to OSC volunteer and Blue Star Mother, Joan Colosimo for her coordinating efforts.

American Gold Star Parents, Len and Esther Wolfer are the proud parents of MAJ Stuart Adam Wolfer who was KIA on April 6, 2008 in the Green Zone, Baghdad, Iraq

The shipment weighed in at 932 pounds with a total cost of $3,857 with funds to spare for our remaining three shipments for 2017.  This will be helpful when it comes time to send our final shipment out at the end of November for Christmas. All the financial help this year has really made a big difference.

But wait, there’s more good news! There were two milestones OSC had reached in August 2017. The first milestone is that for this packing session we officially had adopted our 1,300th soldier. That’s hard to believe, but so very true. As troops returned home others have gone out and the names had continued to come in. Our list keeps growing too!

The second milestone happened on August 23, 2017. On that day Operation Soldier Care celebrated 14 years as a ministry of FBCN. Yes you read that right.  Fourteen years! We could not have accomplished this milestone without all the help of faithful partners, BLG’s and individuals who have given time, money and talent to support our ministry. You all have been a blessing to our troops. You all have touched lives all over the world. Because of you I am so very grateful, and wish everyone many blessings in return for their generosity.

At this moment in time I am feeling thankful and give praises to God for all that He’s done! Amen.

Tony

OSC Volunteer & Blue Star Mother Joan Colosimo (left) with Claudine Scialdo Ehlers (right), the American Gold Star Sister of U.S. Army Marc A. Scialdo, 31 of Naples, FL who died March 11, 2013 in a U.S. Army helicopter crash near Kandahar City, Afghanistan. Marc was a Staff Sergeant in the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion.

OSC Special Care Package Team

 

OSC Custom Forms Team

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Stars For Our Troops

American Gold Star Mother Esther Wolfer & American Gold Star Father, Len Wolfer. Parents of MAJ Stuart A. Wolfer

American Gold Star Parents, Len and Esther Wolfer are the proud parents of MAJ Stuart Adam Wolfer who was KIA April 6, 2008 in the Green Zone, Baghdad, Iraq.

The Wolfer family has not allowed their son, Stuart’s, voice to be silenced. The Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute (MSAWI) was established so that his legacy of leadership, commitment to his country and community service will continue to live on and to inspire future generations of children, adults and leaders. The MSAWI website can be found at http://www.msawi.org

MSAWI has a special project that is truly touching lives in a beautiful way. Their “Stars For Our Troops” project takes worn, used American Flags and turns them into a prized possession for our Armed Forces and Veterans. They are using the “stars” from retired flags and giving them to our troops and Veterans as a special recognition for what they are doing or have done for our country. Stars are being created and distributed by the 100’s.

Each star is placed in a protective sealed bag with a note to the soldier or Veteran. The note reads:

I am part of our American flag that has flown over a home in the U.S.A. I can no longer fly. The sun and wind have caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that you are not forgotten.”

For the August 12, 2017 Operation Soldier Care packing session OSC volunteer & Blue Star Mother, Joan Colosimo, coordinated Stars For The Troops to be placed in all of the care packages going out to our deployed soldiers and Marines. This was a first for OSC and we hope to do it again in future packing sessions as new soldiers get added to our packing list.

Our care packages have successfully arrived to their destination points. We pray that the troops will be blessed by this beautiful gesture of “Stars For Our Troops” from Len and Esther Wolfer. We also pray that the Wolfer’s commitment to our troops continues to spread and inspire future generations.

God bless and many thanks to Len and Esther and to Blue Star Mother Joan Colosimo for a successful mission accomplished!

By His Grace,

Tony

MAJ Stuart Adam Wolfer, KIA April 6, 2008 in Baghdad, Iraq

Operation Soldier Care included Stars For The Troops in our August 2017 packing session

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OSC 115th – 117th packing for the troops

The OSC Ministry is pleased to report that the shipments for 115th, 116th and 117th packing for the troops were a huge success. All of the care packages have arrived to their final destinations in the following countries: Afghanistan, Diego Garcia, Iraq, Korea, Kuwait, Poland Qatar, South America and Yemen. Amen and blessings to our troops on foreign soil!

Our shipment breakdown had 198 boxes going to Army troops, 19 boxes to Marines, 6 boxes to our Navy troops, and 19 boxes to USAF troop members.

In the 242 care packages we included 24 bibles, 302 tracts, and 242 cards and letters. Each care package definitely helps lift the troops spirits as they serve our country away from family and friends.

All together the three shipments weighed in at 2,783 pounds with a total cost of $10,872.00 with funds to spare for our remaining 2017 shipments.

Please continue to pray for our troops as the heat of the summer is upon them. Work can’t be easy so prayer is a definite need at this time.

Until next time, we continue to give all the praise and glory to God as He provides for our troops! In Jesus name we pray.

Tony

 

 

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OSC 113th and 114th packing for the troops

The OSC Ministry is pleased to report that the shipments for 113th and 114th packing for the troops were a success.  The care packages have arrived to their final destinations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany, Korea and Diego Garcia. Amen to that!

It was a great packing session since we had some extra goodies to add in each box. We even had some extra small hands that helped to get the job done. Meet our youngest volunteer Jasmine.  Jasmine is the daughter of one of OSC’s former troops, U.S. Army Veteran Travis Jones, and she is the granddaughter of OSC Shopper & Packer, Blue Star Mother Lora Jones.

In the 144 care packages we included 14 bibles, 158 tracts, and 144 letters. These small little touches to each care package definitely help lift the troops spirits as they serve our country away from family and friends.

Together the shipments weighed in at 1,656 pounds with a total cost of $5,914.00 with funds to spare for our remaining 2017 shipments. We give praises to the Lord for providing for our troops!

As we push thru 2017 we continue to let others know about Operation Soldier Care’s mission. On February 25th, and 26th we had the opportunity to participate with several other FBCN ministries at the Missions Conference in the Commons.

Below is a photo of our table that we had setup in the Commons. We had many visitors to share the good news as to how the Lord is using Operation Soldier Care, a First Baptist Church Ministry to help bless the troops.

 

 

 

 

A big thank you goes out to our troops, and to all the volunteers and workers behind the scenes to keep this ministry going.

God bless and we will see you next time!

Tony

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OSC 111th and 112th packing for 2016

Ho-Ho-Ho and Merry Christmas Troops

The OSC Santa and his elves are pleased to report that the November 3 Thanksgiving shipment and December 2nd Christmas shipment are in route to their destinations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany, Korea and Diego Garcia. We can’t wait until the soldiers see their handmade Christmas stockings that were included for each of them.

It was a very busy packing session since we had lots of extra goodies to add in each box.  In the 154 care packages we included 154 Tracts, 456 Christmas cards, and 80 letters. They will definitely help lift the troops Christmas spirits as they serve our country away from family and friends.

Together the shipments weighed in at 1,772 pounds with a total cost of $4,987.00 with funds to spare for our 2017 shipments ahead of us. Thank you Lord!

As we wrap up 2016 I reflect on all the work that goes into the Operation Soldier Care Ministry. I am truly grateful for all the wonderful volunteers and supporters throughout the year.   I send warm wishes along with many thanks to all of the faithful hands from all our volunteers.  You are a blessing, and I appreciate that you have chosen to serve the men and women serving our country so that they see that they are remembered by the folks back home. It’s been a great year thanks to you!

God bless and Merry Christmas all!

Tony

Laura Paul (left) and Lauren Paul (right) our Christmas stocking artists and makers

(Left to right) Volunteers Joan Colosimo, Lee Haddix, Claudine Scialdo Ehlers, Gold Star Father – Marshall Scialdo, Rick Ehlers

Volunteers Claudine Scialdo Ehlers (left), Jackie Scialdo Nelson (center), Sarah Christensen.

 

Chad Coleman (Iraq & Afghanistan war vet) on left and Bill Conti (Vietnam vet) on right

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Thank you FBA 5th Graders and K4 Preschoolers

OPERATION SOLDIER CARE NEWS & THANKS

With great enthusiasm the First Baptist Academy 5th graders adopted soldier, Master Sergeant Moss. This Christmas he was sent 10 boxes with items that children collected and packed themselves. I guess you could say Master Sergeant Moss will be very popular as he shares his Christmas goodies that the FBA 5th graders selected for him.

Many thanks kids for your efforts and in coordinating this photo for Master Sergeant.  He’ll love it!  You all did an awesome job!

First Baptist Academy 5th Graders

 The Spirit of Giving Continues

The FBA Pre-K kids and parents teamed up to put together 9 care packages, which were sent to three troops in Afghanistan as part of our Christmas shipment. Many thanks to the FBA Pre-K kids, teachers and parents that made this happen…fantastic job!

First Baptist Academy K4 Preschoolers

The kids dressed up in their RED, WHITES and BLUES to show their patriotic spirit for the troops. They also included a Thank You letter in each box along with their photos.  We know the troops will appreciate the picture and their Thank You letter for the Christmas holiday. Way to go K4!

Jennifer Crossan – First Baptist Academy K4 Students

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The story behind the OSC Christmas stockings

For ten years it has been an Operation Soldier Care tradition of sending hand decorated Christmas stockings to the troops. Every stocking is unique in design. For many years Laverne Paul played a major role in this effort.

About two years ago Laverne was diagnosed with cancer but that did not stop her from serving the troops. In the fall of 2015, Laverne was very sick and weak but she was determined to make Christmas stockings for her beloved troops. God gave Laverne the strength to fight through and complete what would be her final Operation Soldier Care Christmas stocking mission.

Laverne went home to be with the Lord on June 2, 2016. For the last five years Laverne, her daughter-in-law, Laura, and granddaughter, Lauren teamed up to make the Christmas stockings as a family effort. After Laverne’s passing, her family decided they wanted to continue the tradition. As a way of honoring Laverne her family and a friend got together and made 60 stockings in Laverne’s honor.

Laverne was an inspiration to many and she dearly loved her troops!

Thank you ladies for all your hard work and for carrying on Laverne’s Christmas stocking tradition. We are grateful for your talented hands!

God bless,

Tony

Bonnie Becker (friend), Wanda Capasso (daughter), Laura Paul (daughter-in-law) and Lauren Paul (granddaughter) – not shown Lisa Paul (daughter-in law)

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OSC 110th Packing For The Troops

OSC 110th being delivered to the local post office.

OSC 110th being delivered to the local post office.

OSC is pleased to report that the 60 boxes from the September 29, 2016 packing session have successfully been shipped to their destinations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany, Korea and Diego Garcia.

Tracts and letters were included in each care package. They will definitely pick up the spirits of soldiers.

We had seven new service members added to our packing list, so 7 bibles were sent to new troop members.

The shipment weighed in at 690 pounds with a total cost of $3,192.09.

Care packages were sent out to 39 Army troops, 1 Navy, 1 Marine and 1 USAF troop member.

The OSC ministry gives many thanks to all of the faithful hands from volunteers who have helped make this happen. You are a blessing, and we appreciate that you have chosen to serve the men and women serving our country.

God bless,

Tony

 

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Thank You from the Troops

You’re Wonderful!   Another Thank you from the troops!

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