Operation Soldier Care – First Baptist Church, Naples, Florida Certificate of Appreciation
Operation Soldier Care receives nice “Thank You” notes by email and cards by U.S. mail from time to time. I like to share some of them as often as I can to let our volunteers and supporters know that the men and women in uniform really appreciate the care packages and what we do. We really do make a difference and OSC gives all the glory to the Lord for the eternal impact.
Here is a recent card that we received from Captain Stephen.
Our 81 boxes from the February 27, 2016 packing session have successfully begun to arrive to their destinations. They are just in time to help pick up the spirits of 53 soldiers just before Easter.
The shipment weighed in at 932 pounds at a total cost of $4,358. We included 32 waterproof Bibles and letters.
Of the 81 boxes we distributed 69 care packages to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The remaining 12 boxes were delivered to soldiers located in Kuwait, Persian Gulf, Korea and Egypt.
Behind the lines of fire at our Golden Gate Post Office work very exceptional postal clerks. OSC would like for you to meet Rusty Manes.
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Our 107 boxes from November 28, 2015 packing session were placed on Santa’s sleigh for delivery to our deployed soldiers for Christmas. The care packages have begun to arrive to their destinations in Iraq, Afghanistan, E. Africa, Korea, Kosovo and Kuwait. We are pleased that they are arriving just in time for the holiday since there are lots of goodies inside to certainly make our soldiers feel our love from home.
Lots of hard work went into this OSC 13th Christmas shipment.
Mrs. Davison’s First Baptist Academy (FBA) 5th grade class sent their final Continue Reading →
Our 90 boxes from the October 31, 2015 packing session have successfully begun to arrive to their destination. They are just in time for Thanksgiving!
The shipment weighed in at 990 pounds at a total cost of $3,640.79. We included 15 bibles, 102 tracts, 50 Christian magazines and 90 letters.
We distributed 78 care packages to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The remaining 12 boxes were delivered to soldiers located in East Africa, Kosovo, Gitmo, S. Korea, Bahrain, and Kuwait.
Mrs. Davison’s First Baptist Academy 5th grade class packed care packages for the soldier they adopted who is serving in Afghanistan. Ten of their boxes were shipped with our November shipment and their remaining eight packages will ship in early December for Christmas. Mrs. Davison’s class collected all of the items and packed the boxes. They did a FANTASTIC job! Their soldier will be truly blessed Continue Reading →
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.
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!
Our 83 boxes from the September 19, 2015 packing, which was OSC’s 101th packing session, has successfully arrived to their destination. With this shipment we supported 40 deployed soldiers. Of these, we had 34 Army and 6 Navy soldiers. Army still leads the way in care package requests.
Our shipment weighed in at 996 pounds at a total cost of $3,896.29. This amount covers not only the postage but the care package content and materials for packing; such as the miles of tape to seal the boxes securely for the long journey.
We distributed 78 care packages to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The remaining 5 boxes were delivered to soldiers located in East Africa, Kosovo, and Kuwait.
Included in this shipment were 91 tracts/booklets and 40 hand written letters. The hand written notes and cards are always a big hit.
Be sure to read the thank you note post from SGT. Batson and U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Contracting Officer, Daniel Portillo’s letters. They happened to receive a handmade card from Emma in their boxes and thank her in return for caring about them. Way to go Emma!
I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, October 31st. This will be our 2nd to last packing for 2015. We will have our final packing session on Saturday, November 28th.
Well as they say in the Air Force “Aim High … Fly, Fight, Win”, and we shall continued support the troops and keep this ministry ball rolling.
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!!
SGT Batson, T. M.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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.
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