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 107th Packing For The Troops

I am happy to report that our 83 boxes from the May 21, 2016 packing session have successfully arrived at their destinations.  They are just in time to help pick up the spirits of soldiers just before the summer heats begins.

The shipment weighed in at 954 pounds at a total cost of $3,892.59.  This shipment also marks the 9,000th care package sent to the troops.  With 9,000 packages, this equals 114,158 pounds or 57.08 tons shipped since August 2003.

I give many thanks to all of the faithful volunteers and supporters over the years who have helped make this happen.

To God be all the Glory!

Tony

OSC Kenny Stinnett

Kenny Stinnett helps deliver OSC’s care packages to the U.S. Post Office in Golden Gate.

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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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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 Captain Stephen

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.

Tony

 

Captain Stephen Thank You

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OSC 105th Packing For The Troops

Golden Gate Post Office - Naples, FL - Rusty Manes processes 81 care packages for the troops

Golden Gate Post Office – Naples, FL – Rusty Manes processes 81 care packages for the troops

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.

Our Postal Clerks Helping Hands

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.

Rusty and all of the clerks at this office Continue Reading →

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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.

Thank you from Army Corps of Engineers

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 Christmas For The Troops 2015

Handmade Christmas stockings for the troops

Our hand crafted Christmas stockings for the troops were decorated by Laverne, Laura and Lauren Paul. Sixty stockings sent in all. Amazing work by some amazing ladies. Thank you and God bless!

It’s was a very Merry Christmas care packing celebration at our 103rd packing session for the troops!

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.

The shipment weighed in at 1,177 pounds with a total cost of $3,643.00. We included 107 tracts, 100 Christian magazines , 425 Christmas cards and letters.

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 →

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OSC 102nd Packing For The Troops

Shipment 102 at the post office

Shipment 102 being delivered to the local post office.

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 →

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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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