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OSC 111th and 112th packing for 2016

Ho-Ho-Ho and Merry Christmas Troops

The OSC Santa and his elves are pleased to report that the November 3 Thanksgiving shipment and December 2nd Christmas shipment are in route to their destinations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany, Korea and Diego Garcia. We can’t wait until the soldiers see their handmade Christmas stockings that were included for each of them.

It was a very busy packing session since we had lots of extra goodies to add in each box.  In the 154 care packages we included 154 Tracts, 456 Christmas cards, and 80 letters. They will definitely help lift the troops Christmas spirits as they serve our country away from family and friends.

Together the shipments weighed in at 1,772 pounds with a total cost of $4,987.00 with funds to spare for our 2017 shipments ahead of us. Thank you Lord!

As we wrap up 2016 I reflect on all the work that goes into the Operation Soldier Care Ministry. I am truly grateful for all the wonderful volunteers and supporters throughout the year.   I send warm wishes along with many thanks to all of the faithful hands from all our volunteers.  You are a blessing, and I appreciate that you have chosen to serve the men and women serving our country so that they see that they are remembered by the folks back home. It’s been a great year thanks to you!

God bless and Merry Christmas all!


Laura Paul (left) and Lauren Paul (right) our Christmas stocking artists and makers

(Left to right) Volunteers Joan Colosimo, Lee Haddix, Claudine Scialdo Ehlers, Gold Star Father – Marshall Scialdo, Rick Ehlers

Volunteers Claudine Scialdo Ehlers (left), Jackie Scialdo Nelson (center), Sarah Christensen.


Chad Coleman (Iraq & Afghanistan war vet) on left and Bill Conti (Vietnam vet) on right

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Thank You from the Troops

You’re Wonderful!   Another Thank you from the troops!




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Thank You from the Contracting Division

We often get Thank You’s from the troops for the care packages that we receive.  Here’s a recent one from the Contracting Division HQ.



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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!


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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 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 101 Packing For The Troops

OSC VolunteersOur 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.

God bless,




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Thank You from SGT Batson

US Army Corps of Engineers Thank YouTony,

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!!

Very Respectfully,

SGT Batson, T. M.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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Big Thank You from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Brother Tony,

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.

Daniel Portillo
Contracting Officer
Directorate of Contracting
U.S. Army Corps of EngineersUS Army Corps of Engineers Thank You

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OSC 93rd Packing for the Troops

First Baptist Academy 5th GradeOur 91 boxes from the OSC 93rd Packing Session will begin to arrive a few days prior to the Thanksgiving holiday to 49 deployed soldiers! This shipment weighed in at 1,092 pounds and we distributed bibles in 38 of 91 care packages.

This packing session was a special one since we had many helping hands from Mrs. Davison’s 5th grade class at First Baptist Academy who had prepared care packages to be included in our shipment too.  They actually collected and packed food items for the troops. Mrs. Davison’s class contributed a total of 10 care packages. Their class-wide project was a successful one. They even sent me a couple photos from their packing session. I’d like to thank them all for taking time out to help our soldiers and the Operation Soldier Care ministry!  Great job!First Baptist Academy

We still have one packing session to go.  The November 29, 2014 Christmas shipment will be our final shipment until January 10, 2015.  We look forward to packing some goodies for the soldiers and having a quick turn around so that the shipment will arrive just before the Christmas holiday.

Again, thank you to Mrs. Davison’s 5th grade class and all of our OSC volunteers.

God bless!


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