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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!

Tony

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OSC 107th Packing For The Troops

I am happy to report that our 83 boxes from the May 21, 2016 packing session have successfully arrived at their destinations.  They are just in time to help pick up the spirits of soldiers just before the summer heats begins.

The shipment weighed in at 954 pounds at a total cost of $3,892.59.  This shipment also marks the 9,000th care package sent to the troops.  With 9,000 packages, this equals 114,158 pounds or 57.08 tons shipped since August 2003.

I give many thanks to all of the faithful volunteers and supporters over the years who have helped make this happen.

To God be all the Glory!

Tony

OSC Kenny Stinnett

Kenny Stinnett helps deliver OSC’s care packages to the U.S. Post Office in Golden Gate.

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OSC 106th Packing For The Troops

Lauren and Laura Paul packing up our "Girly Girl" care packages for April's shipment.

Lauren and Laura Paul packing up our “Girly Girl” care packages for April’s shipment.

Our 90 boxes from the April 9, 2016 packing session have successfully arrived to their destinations.

Of the 90 boxes we had 9 special packages for our female soldiers. We call these “Girly Girl” packages. As you can see in the photo our “Girly Girl” care packages were being prepared for shipping. Everything was coordinated by Lauren and Laura Paul and Shelly Foulke. Shelly did the shopping, and Lauren and Laura did the packing.

They did a great job with their efforts and we know the female soldiers appreciate these specialty items. It truly helps deployment time feel more uplifting considering their circumstances.

The total shipment weighed in at 1,035 pounds with a cost of $3,783.35.

This shipment included 7 waterproof Bibles and letters to each of the soldiers.

The Muscle Behind The Scenes

Gary Duckett and Chad Coleman work behind the scene to get boxes to the Golden Gate U.S. Post Office.

Gary Duckett and Chad Coleman work behind the scene to get boxes to the Golden Gate U.S. Post Office.

Each packing session requires us to load 80 some large U.S. flat rate boxes from a church storage closet on to a flatbed cart, on to a pickup truck, then transferred to another flatbed cart, and haul them into the U.S. Post Office in Golden Gate.

This is no easy task! It requires muscle and a strong back. At Operation Soldier Care we are fortunate to have two great men, Gary Duckett and Chad Coleman, who were the muscle behind the scenes for this shipment.

I truly appreciate their help to handle the final duty to get our care packages to where they need to be.

Thanks guys for your muscle, and thanks girls for handling the “Girly Girl” packages! You’re awesome!

Praising God for everyone and their support!

Tony

 

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OSC 105th Packing For The Troops

Golden Gate Post Office - Naples, FL - Rusty Manes processes 81 care packages for the troops

Golden Gate Post Office – Naples, FL – Rusty Manes processes 81 care packages for the troops

Our 81 boxes from the February 27, 2016 packing session have successfully begun to arrive to their destinations.  They are just in time to help pick up the spirits of 53 soldiers just before Easter.

The shipment weighed in at 932 pounds at a total cost of $4,358. We included 32 waterproof Bibles and letters.

Of the 81 boxes we distributed 69 care packages to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The remaining 12 boxes were delivered to soldiers located in Kuwait, Persian Gulf, Korea and Egypt.

Our Postal Clerks Helping Hands

Behind the lines of fire at our Golden Gate Post Office work very exceptional postal clerks. OSC would like for you to meet Rusty Manes.

Rusty and all of the clerks at this office Continue Reading →

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OSC Christmas For The Troops 2015

Handmade Christmas stockings for the troops

Our hand crafted Christmas stockings for the troops were decorated by Laverne, Laura and Lauren Paul. Sixty stockings sent in all. Amazing work by some amazing ladies. Thank you and God bless!

It’s was a very Merry Christmas care packing celebration at our 103rd packing session for the troops!

Our 107 boxes from November 28, 2015 packing session were placed on Santa’s sleigh for delivery to our deployed soldiers for Christmas. The care packages have begun to arrive to their destinations in Iraq, Afghanistan, E. Africa, Korea, Kosovo and Kuwait.  We are pleased that they are arriving just in time for the holiday since there are lots of goodies inside to certainly make our soldiers feel our love from home.

The shipment weighed in at 1,177 pounds with a total cost of $3,643.00. We included 107 tracts, 100 Christian magazines , 425 Christmas cards and letters.

Lots of hard work went into this OSC 13th Christmas shipment.

Mrs. Davison’s First Baptist Academy (FBA) 5th grade class sent their final Continue Reading →

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OSC 102nd Packing For The Troops

Shipment 102 at the post office

Shipment 102 being delivered to the local post office.

Our 90 boxes from the October 31, 2015 packing session have successfully begun to arrive to their destination.  They are just in time for Thanksgiving!

The shipment weighed in at 990 pounds at a total cost of $3,640.79. We included 15 bibles, 102 tracts, 50 Christian magazines and 90 letters.

We distributed 78 care packages to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The remaining 12 boxes were delivered to soldiers located in East Africa, Kosovo, Gitmo, S. Korea, Bahrain, and Kuwait.

Mrs. Davison’s First Baptist Academy 5th grade class packed care packages for the soldier they adopted who is serving in Afghanistan. Ten of their boxes were shipped with our November shipment and their remaining eight packages will ship in early December for Christmas. Mrs. Davison’s class collected all of the items and packed the boxes. They did a FANTASTIC job! Their soldier will be truly blessed Continue Reading →

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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,

Tony

 

 

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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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Len Bellin WWII and Korean War Veteran Supporting the Troops

One Amazing Veteran Serving Our Troops

Our United States Veterans are amazing men and women without a doubt. There are moments when you can truly be inspired by their deep love for country that is woven with love and respect towards fellow Veterans and active duty soldiers. Well I had one of those “inspired” moments today while I was with one amazing Veteran.

Packing Session 101

Veteran Len Bellin's note he included in one of the care packages in our 101th packing session.

Veteran Len Bellin’s note he included in one of the care packages in our 101th packing session.

This afternoon Operation Soldier Care had its 101th packing session and we were truly honored to have Len Bellin, 89, World War II and Korean War Veteran volunteer his time to come support our deployed soldiers. Len jumped in with heart and soul to help assemble care packages. He kept a steady packing pace until the final box was filled.

This packing session we had a total of 83 boxes. They will mainly ship to troops deployed in Afghanistan.

Towards the end of the packing session Len asked if he could drop a personal note into one of the boxes he had packed.  Of course I could not help but smile when I read the note he had placed into the care package. I also could not resist sharing his note with everyone to read too.

“I now salute you.”

Like I was saying — “United States Veterans are amazing men and women …..”, and Len Bellin is truly one amazing 89 year old Veteran. He inspired me and can inspire us all to remain true and humble to the men and women on the frontline.

God bless Len Bellin! God bless all of our Veterans! And God bless our troops — we salute you!

Tony

Blue Star Mother, Joan Colosimo with WWII and Korean War Veteran, Len Bellin

Blue Star Mother, Joan Colosimo with WWII and Korean War Veteran, Len Bellin

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