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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 from the Troops

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

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Thank You from the Contracting Division

We often get Thank You’s from the troops for the care packages that we receive.  Here’s a recent one from the Contracting Division HQ.

 

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Certificate of Appreciation from Army Field Support Battalion – Afghanistan

Operation Soldier Care – First Baptist Church, Naples, Florida Certificate of Appreciation

Operation Soldier Care Thank you

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Thank you from the Army Corps of Engineers

Operation Soldier Care received this wonderful card by U.S. mail carrier recently from the Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan.

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Thank You from Army Corps of Engineers

December 2015 – Thank you card from the Army Corps of Engineer in Afghanistan

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank You from SGT Batson

US Army Corps of Engineers Thank YouTony,

On behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan, we want to thank you for the care packages and your continued support. We have offices throughout Afghanistan and we have a very important mission to help rebuild this country.

We have been receiving your care packages on a monthly basis for the past few months now. It really puts a smile on our faces when we receive one of your packages. Every time we open the box, everyone stands around to see what is inside. It is always good quality food. We can’t ask for anything better as it is a tremendous morale booster!! The snacks and food do not last long at all as we eat everything in a matter of a few days. We really appreciate the time and effort that you and your members put in to making the care packages for us.

Please tell Emma that we received her thank you card and that we say thank you in return!! To the volunteers of Operation Soldier Care, the members and kids of First Baptist Church Naples, we want to show our appreciation (see attached photo). Thank you and God bless you all!!

Very Respectfully,

SGT Batson, T. M.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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Big Thank You from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Brother Tony,

Your gifts of provision and care arrived last week. We are so thankful for the generous gifts of provision that the Soldier Care ministry sent us. No words to repay your kindness. Our group took a picture to tell of you a Big Thank You!

As you face the attached photogram to your extreme left, on the first line is T. Le (holding the sign), then it is me, then N. Little, and F. Sanchez our Supervisor. Between me and Ms. Little is R. La Rosa, and by him is R. Horton. Next to Mr. Horton is E. Quinn, and next to her is LTC J. Davis, our Contracting Director. There are three members of our team that are not in the picture.

Thank God for your generosity and your commitment to the ministry that God placed in your hands.

I am redeploying back to the United States. My heart now has a special place in Florida because of your ministry. If you come to Texas, look me up.

Daniel Portillo
Contracting Officer
Directorate of Contracting
U.S. Army Corps of EngineersUS Army Corps of Engineers Thank You

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Thank You from Captain Tim, USAF

Dear Tony,Thank you note

On behalf of the Regional Network Operations and Security Center Afghanistan (RNOSC-A) Systems section, I wanted to pass along our thanks for your continued support and care packages!! I’ve fairly recently returned home and now that I have a little time I figured I would write and say thanks. It was quite nice receiving your boxes and notes every couple of weeks. Our troops really enjoyed getting them and devouring everything! Please let your volunteers know that we really appreciate everything and that we are quite thankful for all that they’ve done and continue to do!

Thanks again!

Sincerely,

Cpt. Tim, USAF

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A thank you celebration from the troops

Mr. Zawacky,

I just want to tell you, how much I appreciate what Operation Soldier Care does for service members like me. Knowing that what you do is appreciated and supported, will definitely put a smile on your face.

There have been letters from children in the boxes you have sent, that I hope you can convey our thanks too. We have really enjoyed the letters with the so very bad jokes. If you can, say thanks to Cara and Briana.

Thank you, your efforts do help us get through our day!
R/S
GOOCH, Barry B
SGT (OR-5)
HQ ISAF BSG/TPT

OSC Troop Care Package Celebration

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