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OSC Reports Final Care Package Stats

The OSC Ministry reports that the final 134th packing session or should I say “mission” has been completed.

I am a witness to the fact that everything that this ministry has done with great success has all been done by the grace of the Lord Christ Jesus.

The successful stat totals reflect His glory from our very first August 23, 2003 shipment to the July 2, 2019 final and last shipment.

Our care packages have reached 1,392 soldiers during this period. We’ve shipped out 11,154 boxes weighing in at 69.5 tons at a cost of $519,730. These shipments also included 1,576 bibles, 12,939 bible tracts and booklets along with 23,839 cards and letters. Now that’s pretty amazing.

We are blessed and give praises to God for all that He had done through our Operation Soldier Care Ministry for our troops.

. . . he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21 (NKJV)

Thank you all for being a vessel for honor and useful for the Master in the Operation Soldier Care’s work.

God bless,

Tony

 

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End of an Era by Kim Hayes, Chaplain of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

By Kim Hayes, American Gold Star Mother of Southwest Florida Chapter & Department Chaplain

Reprinted with permission from the SWFL American Gold Star Mothers – July 2019 Newsletter

Sixteen years ago, my daughter in law Kylie (then Zawacky) Hayes hugged her brother Tim goodbye, and he was deployed with the 101st Airborne to the Iraq war. Shortly thereafter, their father Tony, an Airforce/Vietnam Veteran became concerned about the lack of supplies and decided to do something about it. He took up what he thought would be one collection in his Bible study class, packed and shipped a few boxes, and Operation Soldier Care was born.

These last sixteen years, Tony and the Zawacky family have given their time, often their home, and their leadership towards the amazing effort of providing food, supplies, and spiritual support for our troops in harm’s way. Since 2003, Operation Soldier Care has received $519,000 in donations, and has shipped 11,154 boxes to 1,392 troops.

These boxes provided more than double stuffed Oreos (a favorite!). They were a reminder of home and what the troops were fighting for, and an assurance that they were not forgotten.

Our sweet friend and Blue Star Mom Julie Campbell has been instrumental the past several years in many capacities, as has the Scialdo and Hayes families.

Our Taylor and Kylie were involved as high schoolers before Taylor had any idea, he’d one day be receiving packages himself in Afghanistan!

Saturday, June 29 was our final packing day, and Tony Z didn’t want any fanfare. We managed to have Susan Scialdo sneak in, along with Tim, Tony’s son who inspired the whole thing.

Tony shared some statistics, many fond memories, and concluded with reading the names and sharing personal memories of each of the six fallen of the 1,392 troops. Two of those fallen were our own SSG Marc Scialdo and SPC Steven Taylor Hayes.

On behalf of American Gold Star Mothers, I presented both Tony and Tim with one of our challenge coins, and additionally had the privilege of presenting Tony and another packer with a DoD Vietnam pin.

Tony will be retiring soon and felt with the decrease in combat operations and increase in available supplies, this was the right time for OSC to come to a close.

It was a bittersweet but beautiful day. Sixteen years ago, Tony saw a need, did something about it, and was faithful to continue to lead others to do the same year after year. His son Tim is a reminder that you never know the potential impact you will have on others. Tim’s raising his right hand to say yes sixteen years ago has impacted literally thousands of people.

Thank you, Tony and the Operation Soldier Care family, for tending to our troops so faithfully. You’re an inspiration!

 

To learn about the American Gold Star Mothers of SWFL go to: AGSMSWFL

 

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First Soldier Seals Last Care Package

In August 2003, Operation Solider Care was born into existence for the need to bring supplies, support and the Lord’s Word into the theater war zone of the Second Persian Gulf War, (2003–11).

My son Tim Zawacky was the first soldier to receive our very first Operation Soldier Care package while he was serving in Q-West, Iraq. Tim and his fellow 101ST Airborne troops received their packages in early September 2003.

At our last and final packing for OSC it seemed fitting to have our first soldier seal up the last box of our ministry mission. Tim is holding the 11,154th care package that he taped up. Standing next to Tim are his sons Collin and Connor.

The final packing took place at First Baptist Church Naples on June 29, 2019. Many OSC volunteers and supporters gathered to celebrate our successful mission in supporting troops in two major wars.

To God be the glory for all the lives these care packages have touched. To God be the glory for the great things He has done. Amen.

Tony Zawacky

PHOTO: Tim Zawacky and Sons -Collin (left) and Connor (right). Tim is holding is the 11,154th and final box sent from the OSC last packing on June 29, 2019.

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Finishing Our Mission June 29, 2019

After much prayer we announced in the beginning of the year that the Operation Soldier Care Ministry will be shutting down operations. June 29, 2019 will be our final packing session and shipment.

With the decision to shut OSC down along with the upcoming troop withdrawals from Syria and Iraq we remain in peace that this is the right time to finish our mission strong and on a positive note.

Ecc 3:1 says and it certainly fits here, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”

Thank you all and God bless you for supporting the Operation Soldier Care Ministry over the years.

With praise and His glory,

Tony Zawacky

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Finishing Our Mission Strong

Operation Soldier Care (OSC) has been faithfully sending care packages to our soldiers serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf area for 15 plus years. Care packages have been sent every six weeks until a soldier completes his/her tour of duty.

Funding for OSC has been based 100% on donations. God has met our needs over the years through the generosity of people like yourself who care about our troops.

Though, after much prayer we announce that the Operation Soldier Care Ministry will be shutting down operations on June 2019 after our final shipment. We request that no further donations be sent in.

OSC will continue to accept new troops names serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria through June 25, 2019.

With the decision to shut OSC down along with the upcoming troop withdrawals from Syria and Iraq we are at peace that this is the right time to finish our mission strong and on a positive note.

Ecc 3:1 says and it certainly fits here, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”

Thank you and may God bless you for supporting the Operation Soldier Care Ministry!

Tony Zawacky

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OSC Packing for August, September & October

The OSC Ministry reports that the packing sessions for August, September and October have been a great success for the troops. Everything went smoothly.

All of the care packages  have been shipped to their final destinations in the following countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, United Arab Em., Korea, Persian Gulf and Poland.

Our shipment breakdown had 255 overall boxes weighing in at 2,986 lbs. at a cost of $11,263. These shipments also included 256 bible tracts and booklets along with our last bibles shipping with the October packing.

We feel blessed and give praises to God for all that He’s doing through our Operation Soldier Care Ministry for our troops. We have our last and final shipment for 2018 coming up on Saturday, November 24th. It’s our Christmas shipment where each soldier will receive handmade stockings crafted by our mother and daughter team, Laura and Lauren Paul.

 

See you all there!

Tony

 

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Honoring Our Six Fallen Heroes

Photo by Andrew Pons on Unsplash

Since the August 2003 birth of the Operation Soldier Care Ministry at First Baptist Church Naples we’ve observed fourteen Memorial Day holidays. With the fifteenth Memorial holiday just around the corner is seems proper to honor our six fallen heroes that our ministry supported.

Each of these soldiers signed up to fight for our freedom and country. Each of them trained and deployed. Each of them served honorably on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

As we honor these brave men and women who died let us also honor their American Gold Star Families for their sacrifice for our freedom as well.

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”

In Memory Of

LCPL Thomas Echols | KIA on December 4, 2006 | Al Anbar Province, Iraq

SGT Scott Kirkpatrick | KIA on August 11, 2007 | Arab Jabor, Iraq

PFC Richard Burress | KIA on January 19, 2008 | Arab Jabor, Iraq

SSG Marc A. Scialdo | KIA on March 11, 2013 | Kandahar, Afghanistan

PFC James W. Bibb | Casualty of War – February 28, 2015 | Naples, FL

Specialist Steven Taylor Hayes | Casualty of War – August 1, 2016 | Naples, FL

 

I ask that you take time to pray for all the men and women who died. Pray for their families, especially for our six Fallen Heroes.

May God bless those who courageously gave their lives this Memorial Day, and those who continue to bravely fight today for our freedom.

Tony

 

 

 

 

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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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Thank you Note from Chaplin Aikens

 

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