July 4th is right around the corner! A HUGE THANK YOU to current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces for their service…and THANK YOU for being a part of our mission to support our heroes at home and overseas!!
Our Helping Hearts this month: Lynn S, Wolfie S, Mike B, Connie K, Ellen’s Richfield Barber Shop, Heidi B, Dawn C, Lauren W, Susie K, and Starbucks on Capitol Drive in Wauwatosa.
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Share Us: We appreciate your help in spreading the word about Mission Soldier Adoption to your family, friends, churches, schools, doctors/dentists, companies, and coworkers so we can continue to let our heroes overseas know that though they are NOT HOME…they are NOT FORGOTTEN.
$$: Financially we are in great need of funds for sending care packages overseas. Each package costs $12.95 to ship overseas and many of the guys and gals on our list do NOT receive items from home.
Shopping!! Items the Troops LOVE: Lip Balm/Chapstick, Protein Bars/Power Bars, Drink Mix Packets, Trail Mix, New Bandanas, Foot Powder, Qtips, Eye Drops, Cough Drops, Jerky, Pens, Gillette Razor Refills, Mouthwash, Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Dried Fruit, Toothpaste, and Floss…and if you’re walking through the store and wonder if they’d like something that catches your eye…they probably would.
The Latest Responses from our Troops overseas…
You treat us too good. I want you to know that we appreciate you over here. You do so much. Thanks for the packages. And PLEASE thank the lil ones for making me butterflies. I have them above my monitor as if they are watching me work. The guys that received the neck coolers said, “Right On Time!” They wanted to me to send their thanks. -Paul
I received you box of goodies the other day and passed it out accordingly. We truly appreciate all your support here. Thanks again for your support. -Cheryl
Thanks so much for the email. It’s always a pleasure to know that what we are doing out here is being appreciated. Hope that you had an awesome Memorial Day! They fed us pretty good out here and we had a little ceremony that morning. Some of my staff and I received more packages from you the other day, and are very thankful for what you are doing for us. Thanks, Clint
I received your package today thanks! The guys really appreciate the monsters. I don’t drink the stuff. I stick to coffee. Old timer I guess. Again thanks for your support Semper Fi. -James
The guys that work outside have to drink water from shade temperature. Hot. I was able to get us an account to pick up ice now so we put our water in a trash can filled with ice to get something cold. It’s movie night! Lol We received the box of popcorn. Please share our thanks with the Boy Scouts that provided us with the snacks.-Tony
The days get up to about 130 degrees and the random sand storms hit from time to time. Be that as it may, for the most part we are all still in high spirits. The biggest thing is that time is wearing on my Marines as well as myself. We are all missing our families and stuff. The packages that we receive from you give us a little something to look forward to everyday. So I want to say, thank you to each and everyone of you, who take time out of your day and money out of your pockets to give us a little comfort. The list that has been put together by my Marines is baby wipes, lots of those. Haha We use them all the time, to get the sand and stuff off of us. Coffee and creamer, crackers, granola bars, and other healthy snacks. Any type muscle magazines, gun mags, car mags, pretty much anything that a 18 to 27 year old man would want to read. iTunes cards, music that you might not want anymore. We do have 3 guitars out here now, and I have had the time to sit down and learn to play a few songs. So anything else that you could think of, picks, sunglasses, hand sanitizer, chips, lol Anything will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for everything that you do for us. Thanks again. -David
We are so excited to receive support from those who choose to send us care packages. -Stevey
Thanks Mollie for all you and your organization do for the troops. -Sean
We are also grateful for your support. -Mark
I just wanted to say thanks for all of your support for me and my soldiers. We will be heading home soon! Again thank you so much for your packages! Thanks for what you do for all of us Soldiers!! -Brian
I want to thank you again for the huge care package you sent to us in Afghanistan. I especially enjoyed the Trail Mix with cranberries. Wow that is good. I like it better than breakfast. -Terry
Thank you for all the goodies. I know that people donate out of the kindness of their heart but they should know what a great impact it makes to us to receive packages from total strangers that support us and help put a smile on our faces. The way I see it is that we are here doing a job a job that not many people would like to do but is something that we love doing. Only one percent of the country serves in the armed forces. Yet people tend to forget that and sometimes they tend to forget about how did we get the freedom that we as Americans enjoy every day. We need to go back to that loving and helping each other, that was what made America great. Thank you for all the support and goodies you and the people of Wisconsin have done for us out here we really appreciate your efforts and dedication to our troops. Take care and God bless you all.-Eric
I hope you always know that you have a major effect on the lives of those you’ve touched through your program. -Josh
I received your box today with all kinds of goodies. Thank you so much. The popsicles have been a famous item here. For me the cookies 🙂 Please share my Thanks to all the wonderful supporters that contribute and make the care packages possible. Every third day we seem to have terrible sand/dust storms. The temperatures are nicer on those days but you can’t breathe. Imagine walking around a cement factory yard and as they dump sand/other materials it flies in the air and that is what you breath and then it goes into every hole/craves you have on your body. By the end of the day your ears, nose, eyes, hair are coated with dust/sand. Our wind yesterday was 30 mph. Well, thank you so much for all that you do for us. Take care and God Bless. -Tony
Thank you for all of the stuff that you have sent to all of us. I greatly appreciate your kindness in doing this. This is my first deployment and kind things like this makes it so much easier knowing we have people like you that support us. It boosts our spirits so much. I cant thank you enough. Its really my first time being away from my family. So things like this really help me get through that. Thank you so much again ma’am. May God bless you! -William
I received your package a few days ago. I thank you so much for thinking about us over here. -Paul
Thank you for having an amazing organization! -Maria
I received your package yesterday and will pass out the goodies today. The 240th has been really busy these past month. Sorry this is so short, but I thought I would send you something. Kind regards. -Cheryl
I would like to say Thank you, Thank you and Thank you to all the people the support the soldiers out here away from there homes and families serving our great country. Thank you for all the packages. I received two packages and man my Soldiers Love everything that’s in there. They had Something for everyone. Man just opening the box bring a smile on everyone faces. They love to see what was coming from home. It’s small things like this that make us do what we do best everyday. “Army Strong” -Leon
What’s so special about July 4th? A bit of history for your enjoyment…thanks to Military.com:
On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event. Conflict between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. In a June 7 session in the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”
Lee’s words were the impetus for the drafting of a formal Declaration of Independence, although the resolution was not followed up on immediately. On June 11, consideration of the resolution was postponed by a vote of seven colonies to five, with New York abstaining. However, a Committee of Five was appointed to draft a statement presenting to the world the colonies’ case for independence. Members of the Committee included John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Robert R. Livingston of New York and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. The task of drafting the actual document fell on Jefferson.
On July 1, 1776, the Continental Congress reconvened, and on the following day, the Lee Resolution for independence was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies, New York not voting. Discussions of Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence resulted in some minor changes, but the spirit of the document was unchanged. The process of revision continued through all of July 3 and into the late afternoon of July 4, when the Declaration was officially adopted. Of the 13 colonies, nine voted in favor of the Declaration, two — Pennsylvania and South Carolina — voted No, Delaware was undecided and New York abstained. John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence. It is said that John Hancock’s signed his name “with a great flourish” so England’s “King George can read that without spectacles!”
Today, the original copy of the Declaration is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and July 4 has been designated a national holiday to commemorate the day the United States laid down its claim to be a free and independent nation.
Have a great day and thanks again for helping us help those who help us 🙂
~Mollie & Vickie