Our Youngest Packer Kendra Pruitt Supporting the Troops

Kendra PruittKendra Pruitt is no stranger to packing boxes for the troops at Operation Soldier Care, a Ministry of First Baptist Church of Naples.  With each packing session it takes many hands and many man hours to get the job done.  Kendra, our youngest OSC packer, and her family enthusiastically have joined forces to help support our troops since 2012.  Her spirit and energy is contagious and keeps veteran volunteers moving at a sprinters pace while they are packing and sealing up each box heading to Afghanistan.  This truly confirms our belief that no matter how small or young the volunteer, each and everyone one does make a difference in the lives of our troops.

Photo taken at OSC June 29, 2013 Packing Session.


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Thank You from SSG. Tenana

SSG_Tezana_WhiteJune 20, 2013

Dear OSC,

Thank you for the box you sent me. Tell everyone I am truly grateful for everything in the box. Your organization has put so many smiles on all of our faces. Thank you for loving us so much.

Your friend,

SSG. Tenzana

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Thank You from Cpt. Marie

Cpt._Marie_Thank You CardJune 9, 2013

Dear Operation Soldier Care,

Thank you for all of the prayers and support during this deployment. My unit appreciates all of the care packages.

Cpt. Marie

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OSC June Packing Session Reminder

Screen Shot 2013-06-25 at 9.14.16 PMThe next packing session is on Saturday, June 29 in WC-117. All Operation Soldier Care Volunteers please check your email for times on when to report to your assigned duty. Please email me if you can not attend. After our June packing session we will have four remaining packing sessions for our troops.  Updates are now posted to our OSC blog as well. Look forward to seeing everyone this Saturday!

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Postcard from Afghanistan

Screen Shot 2013-06-25 at 8.29.19 PMHere’s a neat post card from PFC Christina.  OSC received the card June 23, 2013. Here’s what Christina said, ” I just wanted to thank you for your packages. I can’t tell you how much it means to receive a package over here. God bless you and thank you.

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Thank You email from SSG. Chris

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Dear Sir,

I am writing this email to thank you for the wonderful care package you have sent to Afghanistan. My name is Staff Sergeant Chris, I am a British Army commando attached to CFF Qargha in Kabul. I must say that to receive these packages not only bring a massive amount of morale but also brighten a soldiers day. Thank you once again!


SSG. Chris

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Thank You from British Officer

great-britain-british-army-10171bDear Sir/Madam,

I am a British Officer currently serving with the U.S. Forces in Kabul, Afghanistan, and took the opportunity to take a couple items from the kind donations you sent from First Baptist Church Naples. This sort of support is great appreciated by all and I would like to thank you for your continued support as you make a difference to the moral of the troops.

Thank you once again.

Kind regards,

Maj Derek

(Royal Artillery)

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A Soldiers Prayer

Screen Shot 2013-06-25 at 10.24.13 PMHere is a very popular prayer that we have shared with our troops who have received care packages over the years.  Please feel free to share this prayer by: Spc. Rick Scammon – Sadr City, Iraq, 2008
Heavenly Father,
Lord watch over us as we go on our way, put a hedge of protection around us as we do your work. Give us wisdom to make the right call and the right move. Lord, guide my hands to shoot straight when the time comes and give me courage to do what it takes to ensure my buddies to my left and to my right come home safe. Lord, if it be Your will that I come home to you soon. I pray I go quickly, with little pain and that I rid this place with as much evil as possible. Protect my family as I would do. Lord, give them peace that I am in a better place and I pray… I PRAY, that I picked this job for the right reasons. Lord I place my life in your hands, do with me as you will. I am your servant and your follower. In Your merciful, precious and Holy name…. Amen
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Thank You email from a Battalion Chaplain Assistant

FBCN CrossJune 10, 2013

Dear Tony and Members of Operation Soldier Care at First Baptist Church Naples,

My Chaplain, Captain Will and I, want to say thank you for all the care packages you have recently sent us!  It is very clear that a lot of thought was put in to providing high-quality items that our Soldiers can really enjoy.  I especially like the 100% waterproof Bibles; that’s a cool innovation that I was not aware of. We appreciate the difference YOU all are making for us over here. May God bless you all!


SSG. Nathan

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Thank You email from Douglas

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Just wanted to let you know the boxes all showed up and they were awesome!!  The stuff you all send is great as we are about 40 minutes away by armored vehicle to the nearest camp with a PX and its hard to travel much around here.

Hope all is going well back there and thanks again to you and your team for the awesome support you give us…..


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