Dear Soldier Care,
Dear Soldier Care,
My name is Jordan Thomas. I’m currently in Afghanistan and received three care packages from you a couple of days ago and I wanted to say thank you and God bless you all and what you do. I really appreciate it. Keep doing good things and He will do so in return.
The 99 boxes from the OSC 88th Packing Session have successfully arrived to 27 deployed soldiers! Of our 27 soldiers we have 4 officers and 23 enlisted troops. Our soldier and Marine count plus care package count remains steady due to the ongoing need for support even with Operation Enduring Freedom drawing to a close.
Our shipment weighed in at 1,258 pounds with a total cost of $4,162.39! We distributed 35 waterproof bibles, 180 tracts, 55 handmade Easter cards, and 45 Keywi™ scripture cards in our care packages.
The handmade Easter cards were generously crafted by Camille Knotts and her friend Traci. They both put many hours into making these beautiful cards for the troops. It’s things like this that truly let our deployed servicemen and women know that they are loved and being thought of during the holiday. The cards are greatly appreciated and I am grateful for Camille and Traci for doing such a wonderful job.
A big thank you goes out to Ursula Brush from Ohio for donating the 100 Keywi™ scripture cards. http://www.keywicards.com/soldier-project.htm The Keywi™ cards have very cool desert camouflage skins that protect the Psalm 91 scripture cards on a compact key chain.
For this particular shipment we sent 45 Keywi™’s. We do look forward to hearing back from the troops on how they like this new item. Many of our soldiers are deployed for 7 to 12 months and in some cases even longer, so we try and provide new things to encourage them during their time away from home and family. We hope the Keywi™ is well received!
The truth remains that we do know that our OSC care packages are always well received. From seeing Doug Jarman and his fellow soldiers faces in this recent photo he sent me really says it all. I wanted to share the joy and their “thank you” message with all the many hardworking volunteers and with the individuals and BLG’s who generously donate to the OSC Ministry.
Thank you Doug for taking time out of your day to take a picture and share it with all of us back here at home. It’s great to see everyone and that you’re spreading the care package joy!
Upon OSC learning that deployed USAF 1st Lt. Rachel Donoho had been trying to find Reese’s Cups in Afghanistan for about four months with no luck, we decided to accept the “Reese’s Cup Mission” and purchased and ship over 6 pounds of the milk chocolate delight with our 87th OSC shipment.
The timing and temperature in Afghanistan were perfect too. As you may know it is not always possible to ship chocolate to a deployed soldier and have it arrive the same way it was sent during the hotter months there.
We are happy to report MISSION ACCOMPLISHED and the delicious peanut butter cups have safely arrived to the base in Afghanistan. USAF 1st Lt. Donoho writes us:
Dear Mr. Zawacky,
I just received 6+ lbs of Reese’s Cups from you via Doug Jarman. Thank you so much! I will try to control myself so my troops don’t have to carry me to the hospital in a sugar coma. I will also be responsible and not allow them to enjoy any themselves, because fitness is important!
Just kidding – we passed them around and everyone was pretty excited. I appreciate the time, money, and energy you put into sending care packages. It really means a lot to the troops to get boxes of goodies on mail day.
Thanks again, and God Bless.
Rachel Donoho, 1st Lt, USAF
OSC 87th Packing Session is over and our boxes are officially on there way to 27 soldiers!
In this shipment we had: 18 Army, 3 Marines, 5 Navy and 1 UK Army troop member. Of these soldiers there were 21 males and 6 females who will be receiving care packages.
Our shipment weighed in at 1,008 pounds with a total cost of $4,839.16! Thank you Chad for providing the truck, time, gas and the muscle power to haul the 84 packages to the post office!
This packing session we had the honor of having Blue Star Mother and Proud Marine Mom, Wendie Smith, Naples, FL and friends join us to provide extra extra helping hands. Thank you ladies for you rolling up your sleeves and jumping right in to support our troops!
Wendie’s son is deployed for his first time to Afghanistan and is a Captain of the CH-53E Marine Super Stallion. We appreciate his service and all of our troops who continue to make the sacrifice for our country.
Our Blue Star Mother’s and their families remain in our prayers until all their son’s and daughter’s servicing return home safely.
The OSC 86th Packing Session is officially on its way to 37 soldiers as January 27, 2014!
In this shipment we had: 30 Army, 1 Marine, 4 Navy, 1 USAF, and 1 UK Army troop member. Of these soldiers there were 32 males and 5 females who will be receiving care packages.
Our shipment weighed in at 1,032 pounds with a total cost of $3,583.00! Thank you Chad for providing the truck and the muscle power to haul the load to the post office!
We continue to include waterproof bibles, Christian books, tracts, and hand written letters and cards from BLG’s and children from First Baptist Academy. In this shipment we included 24 Bibles, 96 Tracts/Booklets, 6 Christian Books, and 48 letters to our men and women in uniform.
This packing session we had the honor of having Blue Star Mother and Proud Army Mom, Wendy Hayes, and her daughter Brittany Boaz join us to provide extra extra helping hands. Thank you ladies for you rolling up your sleeves and jumping right in to support our troops!
Wendy’s son is deployed for his first time to Afghanistan, and we look forward to celebrating his homecoming back to Fort Riley and to southwest Florida in the not so distant future.
Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers for kicking off the “2014 Packing Season” with success!
We cannot thank you enough for your overwhelming support, prayers, and packages. It is most definitely a happy day when the mail bird (helicopter carrying mail) arrives and one of the crates is full with Soldier Care packages. It takes hours to disperse their contents throughout our locations to our Soldiers who are always overwhelmed with Joy to receive them. We thank God for you all and hope you all have a safe and blessed Christmas and Holiday Season.
We are starting to wind things down here and have been conducting multifaceted operations. We are continuing to advise the Afghan Army as they have officially taken the lead in combat operations as well draw down our footprint while sending equipment and Soldiers home. Our job here is not yet done but we are close and we thank the Lord every day we are getting closer to closing this chapter in history.
For many of us this is our first deployment with readily accessible hot showers, laundry capabilities, and hot food. We are able to take hot showers twice a week, do laundry once a week, and at a minimum we are getting two hot meals while not on patrol with our counterparts.
Again, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all of your prayers and support. Many times, especially in the past, it’s all we had to keep us ticking!
For the Patriot Soldiers!
The next packing session is now on Saturday, November 2nd in WC-117. All Operation Soldier Care Volunteers please check your email for times on when to report to your assigned duty. Please email me if you can not attend.
There are 2 packing session remaining for our troops. Updates are now posted to our blog.
I wanted to take the time to thank you for everything you do. On behalf of myself and our unit out here, I want to thank you for your service towards us who serve. Most of us out here have a million and one things on our minds that we deal with on a daily basis, and not having to worry about things like toothpaste or new socks is always a blessing in and of itself. We recently received some things that were sent to one of our contractors, and the 3-in-1 mens body wash was fantastic. Little things like nail clippers and aspirin are always welcome, as well as Oreos. You wouldn’t believe how fast the double stuffed Oreos disappear around here!
Again, from the bottom of our hearts, we just want to say thank you for all of the little things. After all, in the end it is the help of folks like you that remind us of why we don our armor each day.
With much love and appreciation, we wish you all well and God bless!
Bruce, SrA, USAF
Joint NetOps Control Center – Afghanistan (JNCC-A)
The Saturday, August 10th OSC 83rd packing went extremely well considering many of our regular volunteers were away this session. Everyone worked hard to get the job done. I can’t thank all our volunteers enough for putting in the double time effort to support our troops! Even our guest visitors, U.S. Marine Veteran Corporal Brett Decker and his mother, Kim Pehlke of Naples, Florida jumped in to help pack, seal and fill out labels in the final hour of our packing session.
Troops can expect to receive their packages around August 24, 2013.
This shipment contains 93 packages that weights approximately 1,175 pounds. There are a total of 40 soldiers (39 in Afghanistan, 1 in Kuwait) receiving our care packages. OSC supports 30 male soldiers and 10 female soldiers with 8 of them being officers and 32 enlisted soldiers. The break down per branch is: (20) U.S. Army, (15) U.S. Marines, (2) U.S. Navy, (1) U.S. Air Force and (2) UK Army soldiers.
The boxes were filled with all our standard packaged goods. Nine of the soldiers received waterproof bibles. We also included 101 cards and letters to our troops.
We have three packing sessions remaining in our 2013 schedule. These sessions are on Saturday, September 21st, November 2nd and November 30th, which will be our Christmas packing session.
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