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OSC 123rd Packing Session

The OSC Ministry is pleased to report that the 123rd packing session on Saturday, April 7,2018 for the troops went smoothly and was a huge success. All of the care packages will be shipped to their final destinations in the following countries: Afghanistan (47), Iraq (34), Kuwait (6), United Arab Em. (6), Korea (2), Persian Gulf (1) and Poland (1).

Our shipment breakdown had 97 boxes for 88 soldiers in the U.S. Army and 9 in U.S. Air Force. This shipment is a little larger than we have had in the past.

We feel blessed and give praises to God for all that He’s doing through our Operation Soldier Care Ministry for our troops!

Tony

 

 

 

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Welcome Home Daddy

Once in a while Operation Solider Care learns that one of our deployed soldiers we supported has returned home safely to a wife and his first child.

Deployments are typically up to 12 months. If a soldier deploys during their child’s tender months then they are missing out on so much. Yes, the email and phone calls do help. Skype does too if you are lucky to have that available to you.  Truly there is a sacrifice for them missing out on the day-to-day milestones like a baby’s first tooth, first steps and first words such as “Da-da” are gone.

It’s times like this that we are reminded of the sacrifices of those servicemen and women who have served, and who are still serving on foreign soil. Their call to serve and protect comes with a sacrifice that can not be made up.

We at Operation Soldier Care would like to say “Thank you” to all those with families making the sacrifice for us and our country.

May the Lord God bless you all until you return home to your families!

Tony

Welcome Home Daddy!

 

 

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OSC Stats Update

Our beautifully crafted OSC Christmas stockings for the troops were made by Laura and Lauren Paul along with their family members and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The OSC Ministry is pleased to report the stats for our care packages for November and December 2017, in addition to the January 2018 mailing.

During these three months we continued to send packages to 43 troop members deployed to the following countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea, Kuwait, Poland, Qatar, South America, Germany and the South Pacific.

Our shipment breakdown had a total of 241 boxes going out, which included 36 bibles and 286 tracts. With the Christmas holiday we tend to have higher numbers for cards and letters. A total of 1,020 cards and letters went out during this time. We also shipped 60 handmade Christmas stockings with candy in the December’s boxes to the troops. They are always a big hit too!

These shipments weighed in at a total of 2,773 pounds with a cost of $12,167 with funds to spare.

This has all been done with the help of faithful partners, BLG’s and individuals who have given time, money and talent to support our ministry.

A big thank you to everyone and I give praises to God for all that He’s done!

Tony

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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 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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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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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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