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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!


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Christmas Stocking for the Troops


Each Christmas we have faithfully sent Christmas stockings to the troops. This mission could not be so successful without the very talented hands of Laura and Lauren Paul, along with their friends and family members. Year after year the troop care packages and stockings count has fluctuated, but Laura and Lauren’s steadfast faithfulness has not.

For Christmas 2017 they crafted 60 handmade stockings for our troops overseas. The sight of them all hanging was too amazing not to share.

Thank you ladies for using your gifted hands to support our troops at Christmas. This is a blessing not only to our soldiers but to our OSC Ministry here at First Baptist Church Naples.

God bless,




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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 FBA 5th Graders and K4 Preschoolers


With great enthusiasm the First Baptist Academy 5th graders adopted soldier, Master Sergeant Moss. This Christmas he was sent 10 boxes with items that children collected and packed themselves. I guess you could say Master Sergeant Moss will be very popular as he shares his Christmas goodies that the FBA 5th graders selected for him.

Many thanks kids for your efforts and in coordinating this photo for Master Sergeant.  He’ll love it!  You all did an awesome job!

First Baptist Academy 5th Graders

 The Spirit of Giving Continues

The FBA Pre-K kids and parents teamed up to put together 9 care packages, which were sent to three troops in Afghanistan as part of our Christmas shipment. Many thanks to the FBA Pre-K kids, teachers and parents that made this happen…fantastic job!

First Baptist Academy K4 Preschoolers

The kids dressed up in their RED, WHITES and BLUES to show their patriotic spirit for the troops. They also included a Thank You letter in each box along with their photos.  We know the troops will appreciate the picture and their Thank You letter for the Christmas holiday. Way to go K4!

Jennifer Crossan – First Baptist Academy K4 Students

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The story behind the OSC Christmas stockings

For ten years it has been an Operation Soldier Care tradition of sending hand decorated Christmas stockings to the troops. Every stocking is unique in design. For many years Laverne Paul played a major role in this effort.

About two years ago Laverne was diagnosed with cancer but that did not stop her from serving the troops. In the fall of 2015, Laverne was very sick and weak but she was determined to make Christmas stockings for her beloved troops. God gave Laverne the strength to fight through and complete what would be her final Operation Soldier Care Christmas stocking mission.

Laverne went home to be with the Lord on June 2, 2016. For the last five years Laverne, her daughter-in-law, Laura, and granddaughter, Lauren teamed up to make the Christmas stockings as a family effort. After Laverne’s passing, her family decided they wanted to continue the tradition. As a way of honoring Laverne her family and a friend got together and made 60 stockings in Laverne’s honor.

Laverne was an inspiration to many and she dearly loved her troops!

Thank you ladies for all your hard work and for carrying on Laverne’s Christmas stocking tradition. We are grateful for your talented hands!

God bless,


Bonnie Becker (friend), Wanda Capasso (daughter), Laura Paul (daughter-in-law) and Lauren Paul (granddaughter) – not shown Lisa Paul (daughter-in law)

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Christmas Packing for the Troops

OSC Christmas StockingsOur 81 care packages from the OSC 94th packing session will begin to arrive a few days prior to the Christmas holiday to 40 deployed soldiers! We are praying that Santa successfully makes his 1,010 pound delivery by December 18th to our 33 Army, 6 Navy and 1 USAF deployed soldiers.

This shipment will be a big hit since we have included some holiday treats, handmade Christmas stockings and Christmas cards too.

We mailed out 617 beautiful handmade Christmas cards.  Of those cards, 427 were made by the FBCN Children’s Ministry and 190 Christmas cards were made by adults in Bible and Life Groups at FBCN. All of them were very well done and I know that the soldiers will really enjoy the creativity and uplifting messages for their Christmas celebration.

Christmas cardThe 50 handmade military-style Christmas stockings were crafted by Laverne Paul with the helping hands of Laura Paul. As you can see from the photos in our collage each were made with TLC and beautifully done. Great job ladies, and thank you for working behind the scenes to make our Christmas packing extra special for the troops!

We actually closed the December 2014 packing session by adopting our 1,100th soldier and are now at 1,104. It is in His name we give thanks and praise that we have been able to adopt and support soldiers and Marines year after year. I can’t thank everyone enough for their time, love, support, prayers and talent to help keep this ministry strong for our deployed soldiers.  We can now truly say that the OSC ministry has touched thousands of lives on the battlefield and it could not have been done without each and everyone of you, so THANK YOU!

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year too!

Thanks again and God Bless,


OCS Christmas collage

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