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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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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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OSC 109th Packing For The Troops

osclogoI am pleased to report that our 63 boxes from the August 16, 2016 packing session have successfully been shipped to their destinations.  The 63 tracts that were included in each package should certainly help pick up the spirits of soldiers as the hot summer months come to an end.

The shipment weighed in at 725 pounds with a total cost of $2,947.13.

As of August 23, 2016 the Operation Soldier Care Ministry celebrates its’ 13th anniversary.  In thirteen years we have adopted 1,228 troop members, shipped 9,156 boxes that equals 115,924 pounds or 57.96 tons. We have raised and spent $430,847 during this period. We have also included a total of 10,727 tracts/booklets and 21,708 homemade cards and letters.

Not only are these stats amazing but the impact that our OSC Ministry has had on the troops is also very amazing.

I give many thanks to all of the faithful hands from volunteers and supporters over the years who have helped make this happen. You are a blessing and I am filled with gratitude that you all have chosen to serve the men and women who serve our country.

God bless and Happy 13th Anniversary OSC!

Tony

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OSC 106th Packing For The Troops

Lauren and Laura Paul packing up our "Girly Girl" care packages for April's shipment.

Lauren and Laura Paul packing up our “Girly Girl” care packages for April’s shipment.

Our 90 boxes from the April 9, 2016 packing session have successfully arrived to their destinations.

Of the 90 boxes we had 9 special packages for our female soldiers. We call these “Girly Girl” packages. As you can see in the photo our “Girly Girl” care packages were being prepared for shipping. Everything was coordinated by Lauren and Laura Paul and Shelly Foulke. Shelly did the shopping, and Lauren and Laura did the packing.

They did a great job with their efforts and we know the female soldiers appreciate these specialty items. It truly helps deployment time feel more uplifting considering their circumstances.

The total shipment weighed in at 1,035 pounds with a cost of $3,783.35.

This shipment included 7 waterproof Bibles and letters to each of the soldiers.

The Muscle Behind The Scenes

Gary Duckett and Chad Coleman work behind the scene to get boxes to the Golden Gate U.S. Post Office.

Gary Duckett and Chad Coleman work behind the scene to get boxes to the Golden Gate U.S. Post Office.

Each packing session requires us to load 80 some large U.S. flat rate boxes from a church storage closet on to a flatbed cart, on to a pickup truck, then transferred to another flatbed cart, and haul them into the U.S. Post Office in Golden Gate.

This is no easy task! It requires muscle and a strong back. At Operation Soldier Care we are fortunate to have two great men, Gary Duckett and Chad Coleman, who were the muscle behind the scenes for this shipment.

I truly appreciate their help to handle the final duty to get our care packages to where they need to be.

Thanks guys for your muscle, and thanks girls for handling the “Girly Girl” packages! You’re awesome!

Praising God for everyone and their support!

Tony

 

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OSC salutes and thanks Leonard Bellin, Jr.

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U.S.A.F. Veteran. Sergeant Leonard Bellin, Jr.

The Rare but Precious Moments

Each day there are fewer and fewer Veterans from WWII that remain among us. The men and women who fought and won the great conflict are in their 90’s.  According to the U.S. Veterans Administration these Veterans are dying at the rate of approximately 492 per day.Surviving WWII Veterans

It’s not often that you get the opportunity to personally know one of these amazing men or women, and our chances are really getting slim. Nowadays I guess you could say it would be a rare but precious moment if you cross paths with a Veteran who served in WWII.  Even more rare to cross paths with one who served in both the Korean War and WWII.

Well at Operation Soldier Care we have been blessed to have many of these rare and precious moments with one truly amazing man who we all are very proud to know.  He’s our very own Leonard Bellin, Jr.!

On Saturday, October 31st OSC had the honor to thank Len for his service to our country and present him with a U.S. Armed Forces Thank You coin. We are very grateful for his job well done as he served as a Sergeant in the Army Air Forces, which later then became the United States Air Forces.

Cake and punch were served during our packing session.

Len plays an inspiring role in our ministry as he volunteers time to serve our deployed soldiers by packing care packages. He pulls his weight and then some!  We are grateful to have him with us each packing session.

We are also grateful for what he and his generation of soldiers have done for our country. We know our country would be much different today if it were not for men like Len. Saying “thank you” just does not seem enough but it’s the least we could say to express our gratitude.

We ask OSC volunteers and our church family at First Baptist Church of Naples to pray for a safe trip for Len as he attends the next Collier County Honor Flight with fellow Veterans to Washington, D.C.  to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.

Thank you Len and may God bless you and the Greatest Generation!

Tony

OSC Len

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 - Cert of Appreciation

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Trunk or Treat for Operation Soldier Care

 

Susie Sammon prepares to hand out candy at First Baptist Church Naples Trunk or Treat Event.

Susie Sammon prepares to hand out candy at First Baptist Church Naples Trunk or Treat event.

Trunk Or Treat at First Baptist Church Naples is always a big hit in Collier County.  The event is on October 31st and serves as a non-scary alternative for local families with Trick Or Treaters to dress up and collect candy in a safe environment.

For several years Susie Sammon has been representing Operation Soldier Care (OSC) at the  Trunk Or Treat event to hand out candy to the children. In addition, she hands out a fact sheet to parents to help raise awareness of the mission work of OSC and how we have and still are helping U.S. deployed troops year after year. This year she handed out a trunk load of candy and over 200 fact sheets.  Way to go Suzie and thank you for efforts in spreading the word!

For the event Susie was sporting our new Operation Solider Care t-shirt with her camouflage pants as she prepares to hand out candy to the children.

Her poster display reads “Operation Soldier Care (OSC) began in August 2003 sending care packages to our troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf area. OSC is implemented through many First Baptist Church of Naples Bible & Life Groups providing hope through Jesus Christ!”

It was a successful night for the children and for the Operation Solider Care Ministry. We truly appreciate everyone for stopping to see Suzie at Trunk Or Treat to learn more about OSC!

Trunk Or Treat at First Baptist Church Naples

 

 

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OSC 90th Packing for the Troops

The 93 boxes from the OSC 90th Packing Session have successfully arrived to 30 deployed soldiers!  Our shipment weighed in at 1,168 pounds with a total cost of $4,848! We distributed 89 letters and  cards, 15 bibles, and  89 tracts in our care packages. Below you can see some of the wonderful handmade cards that were included in this shipment.

We are more than half way through the year and still have 4 remaining packing sessions to go.

The troops in Afghanistan are still in need of support so please continue to keep them in prayer.  If you’d like to learn more about our ministry and how you can help please go to our “Contribute” page.

Thank you and God bless!

Tony

OSC Thank You card for TroopsOSC Thank You card TroopsOSC Thank You For All You Do

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Remembering our Fallen on Memorial Day

MEMORIAL DAY 2014

Please remember the approximate 1.2 million soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guard and Marines, who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Below you will find our four Operation Soldier Care heroes who gave their lives in the line of duty while serving in the Global War on Terror.

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.  

John 15:13

 

U.S. MARINE LANCE CORPORAL THOMAS P. ECHOLS

U.S. Marine LCpl Thomas P. Echols

U.S. Marine LCpl Thomas P. Echols

Died December 4, 2006 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

LCpl Echols, 20, of Shepherdsville, KY; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Dec. 4, 2006 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq.

U.S. ARMY SERGEANT SCOTT L. KIRKPATRICK

 Died August 11, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

U.S. Army Sgt. Scott L. Kirkpatrick

U.S. Army Sgt. Scott L. Kirkpatrick

Sgt. Kirkpatrick, 26, of Reston, VA; assigned to 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died Aug. 11, 2007 of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device during combat operations in Arab Jabour, Iraq. Also killed were Staff Sgt. William D. Scates, Sgt. Andrew W. Lancaster and Spc. Justin O. Penrod.

U.S. ARMY SPC. RICHARD B. BURRESS

U.S. Army SPC Richard B. Burress

U.S. Army SPC Richard B. Burress

 

Died January 19, 2008 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

SPC Burress, 25, of Naples, FL; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died Jan. 19, 2008 in Jabour, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT MARC A. SCIALDO

Died March 11, 2013 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

SSGT Marc Scialdo

U.S. Army SSGT Marc A. Scialdo

SSGT. Scialdo, 31, of Naples, FL; assigned to 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; died March 11, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash.

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OSC 87th Packing Session for the Troops

U.S. Marine Veteran Sgt. Chad Coleman continues to serve his fellow Marines and soldiers each packing session with the delivery of packages to U.S. Post Office.

U.S. Marine Veteran Sgt. Chad Coleman continues to serve his fellow Marines and soldiers each packing session with the delivery of packages to U.S. Post Office.

OSC 87th Packing Session is over and our boxes are officially on there way to 27 soldiers!

In this shipment we had: 18 Army, 3 Marines, 5 Navy and 1 UK Army troop member. Of these soldiers there were 21 males and 6 females who will be receiving care packages.

Our shipment weighed in at 1,008 pounds with a total cost of $4,839.16!  Thank you Chad for providing the truck, time, gas and the muscle power to haul the 84 packages to the post office!

This packing session we had the honor of having Blue Star Mother and Proud Marine Mom, Wendie Smith, Naples, FL and friends join us to provide extra extra helping hands. Thank you ladies for you rolling up your sleeves and jumping right in to support our troops!

Wendie’s son is deployed for his first time to Afghanistan and is a Captain of the CH-53E Marine Super Stallion. We appreciate his service and all of our troops who continue to make the sacrifice for our country.

Our Blue Star Mother’s and their families remain in our prayers until all their son’s and daughter’s servicing return home safely.

Wendie Smith and friends help count and make packettes of powdered drink  mix to go in care packages.

Wendie Smith and friends help count and make packets of powdered drink mix to go in care packages.

 

 “More than 60,000 of our troops have already come home from Afghanistan.”

“Of the roughly 80,000 foreign troops currently in Afghanistan, around 47,000 are Americans.”

For this reason we continue to ship care packages and pray!

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