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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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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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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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OSC Stats Update

Our beautifully crafted OSC Christmas stockings for the troops were made by Laura and Lauren Paul along with their family members and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The OSC Ministry is pleased to report the stats for our care packages for November and December 2017, in addition to the January 2018 mailing.

During these three months we continued to send packages to 43 troop members deployed to the following countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea, Kuwait, Poland, Qatar, South America, Germany and the South Pacific.

Our shipment breakdown had a total of 241 boxes going out, which included 36 bibles and 286 tracts. With the Christmas holiday we tend to have higher numbers for cards and letters. A total of 1,020 cards and letters went out during this time. We also shipped 60 handmade Christmas stockings with candy in the December’s boxes to the troops. They are always a big hit too!

These shipments weighed in at a total of 2,773 pounds with a cost of $12,167 with funds to spare.

This has all been done with the help of faithful partners, BLG’s and individuals who have given time, money and talent to support our ministry.

A big thank you to everyone and I give praises to God for all that He’s done!

Tony

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OSC 118th Packing Session

Stars For The Troops were included in our August care packages.

The OSC Ministry is pleased to report that the 118th shipment for the troops went smoothly and was a huge success. All of the care packages have arrived to their final destinations in the following countries: Afghanistan (55), Iraq (12), Korea (1), Kuwait (3), Poland (2), Qatar (3), South America (3), Germany (1) and South Pacific (1).

Our shipment breakdown had 81 boxes going out with letters, 15 bibles, 92 tracts,  and each had a “Stars For Our Troops” that was supplied by the Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute http://www.msawi.org/

A big thank you goes out to American Gold Star Parents, Len and Esther Wolfer for the “Stars For Our Troops” and to OSC volunteer and Blue Star Mother, Joan Colosimo for her coordinating efforts.

American Gold Star Parents, Len and Esther Wolfer are the proud parents of MAJ Stuart Adam Wolfer who was KIA on April 6, 2008 in the Green Zone, Baghdad, Iraq

The shipment weighed in at 932 pounds with a total cost of $3,857 with funds to spare for our remaining three shipments for 2017.  This will be helpful when it comes time to send our final shipment out at the end of November for Christmas. All the financial help this year has really made a big difference.

But wait, there’s more good news! There were two milestones OSC had reached in August 2017. The first milestone is that for this packing session we officially had adopted our 1,300th soldier. That’s hard to believe, but so very true. As troops returned home others have gone out and the names had continued to come in. Our list keeps growing too!

The second milestone happened on August 23, 2017. On that day Operation Soldier Care celebrated 14 years as a ministry of FBCN. Yes you read that right.  Fourteen years! We could not have accomplished this milestone without all the help of faithful partners, BLG’s and individuals who have given time, money and talent to support our ministry. You all have been a blessing to our troops. You all have touched lives all over the world. Because of you I am so very grateful, and wish everyone many blessings in return for their generosity.

At this moment in time I am feeling thankful and give praises to God for all that He’s done! Amen.

Tony

OSC Volunteer & Blue Star Mother Joan Colosimo (left) with Claudine Scialdo Ehlers (right), the American Gold Star Sister of U.S. Army Marc A. Scialdo, 31 of Naples, FL who died March 11, 2013 in a U.S. Army helicopter crash near Kandahar City, Afghanistan. Marc was a Staff Sergeant in the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion.

OSC Special Care Package Team

 

OSC Custom Forms Team

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Stars For Our Troops

American Gold Star Mother Esther Wolfer & American Gold Star Father, Len Wolfer. Parents of MAJ Stuart A. Wolfer

American Gold Star Parents, Len and Esther Wolfer are the proud parents of MAJ Stuart Adam Wolfer who was KIA April 6, 2008 in the Green Zone, Baghdad, Iraq.

The Wolfer family has not allowed their son, Stuart’s, voice to be silenced. The Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute (MSAWI) was established so that his legacy of leadership, commitment to his country and community service will continue to live on and to inspire future generations of children, adults and leaders. The MSAWI website can be found at http://www.msawi.org

MSAWI has a special project that is truly touching lives in a beautiful way. Their “Stars For Our Troops” project takes worn, used American Flags and turns them into a prized possession for our Armed Forces and Veterans. They are using the “stars” from retired flags and giving them to our troops and Veterans as a special recognition for what they are doing or have done for our country. Stars are being created and distributed by the 100’s.

Each star is placed in a protective sealed bag with a note to the soldier or Veteran. The note reads:

I am part of our American flag that has flown over a home in the U.S.A. I can no longer fly. The sun and wind have caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that you are not forgotten.”

For the August 12, 2017 Operation Soldier Care packing session OSC volunteer & Blue Star Mother, Joan Colosimo, coordinated Stars For The Troops to be placed in all of the care packages going out to our deployed soldiers and Marines. This was a first for OSC and we hope to do it again in future packing sessions as new soldiers get added to our packing list.

Our care packages have successfully arrived to their destination points. We pray that the troops will be blessed by this beautiful gesture of “Stars For Our Troops” from Len and Esther Wolfer. We also pray that the Wolfer’s commitment to our troops continues to spread and inspire future generations.

God bless and many thanks to Len and Esther and to Blue Star Mother Joan Colosimo for a successful mission accomplished!

By His Grace,

Tony

MAJ Stuart Adam Wolfer, KIA April 6, 2008 in Baghdad, Iraq

Operation Soldier Care included Stars For The Troops in our August 2017 packing session

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OSC 115th – 117th packing for the troops

The OSC Ministry is pleased to report that the shipments for 115th, 116th and 117th packing for the troops were a huge success. All of the care packages have arrived to their final destinations in the following countries: Afghanistan, Diego Garcia, Iraq, Korea, Kuwait, Poland Qatar, South America and Yemen. Amen and blessings to our troops on foreign soil!

Our shipment breakdown had 198 boxes going to Army troops, 19 boxes to Marines, 6 boxes to our Navy troops, and 19 boxes to USAF troop members.

In the 242 care packages we included 24 bibles, 302 tracts, and 242 cards and letters. Each care package definitely helps lift the troops spirits as they serve our country away from family and friends.

All together the three shipments weighed in at 2,783 pounds with a total cost of $10,872.00 with funds to spare for our remaining 2017 shipments.

Please continue to pray for our troops as the heat of the summer is upon them. Work can’t be easy so prayer is a definite need at this time.

Until next time, we continue to give all the praise and glory to God as He provides for our troops! In Jesus name we pray.

Tony

 

 

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