Here are some NEW RESPONSES from our Troops overseas who received our care packages. Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of our heroes overseas! Enjoy!!
First off I want to thank you for your support and generosity. I can’t imagine what it is like to just blindly send out packages to some guys in the middle of nowhere and hope that they get it. I apologize if my emails can be sporadic. Our internet does not always work or we may be busy with missions. We have internet because we all pitched in and bought this dish so we could have a way of talking to our friends and family. Our COP (Combat Outpost) doesn’t have things like phones or internet or laundry. We did have showers but the last cold snap froze the tanks. When we got them thawed out we found the pipes and pumps had all busted so it has been a few weeks since we had our last shower.
Well I guess I should tell you a little about us. We are a Platoon of about 40 guys and I am their Platoon Sergeant and the oldest of the group so they call me dad. We are all paratroopers so we are a little messed up in the head. Willingly jumping out of airplanes takes a special kind of person. We are here on a year long deployment to Afghanistan. We operate out of small outposts in the mountains so you can imagine that we get a little tired and beat up out here. It is always nice to hear from our countrymen and women back in the states. It is a nice distraction from the things over here. V/R Joel F.
I just received your package and again thanks for all that you have done. v/r Alejandro
Hello, I am currently deployed to Afghanistan with the 467th MED DET from Madison. We recently received a package from you and it was a great morale booster. Thank you for your support! -Brendan
One of the soldier’s in our company recently received a care package from Mission Soldier Adoption. The care package was very extensive. We are a Combat Stress Control Unit out of Wisconsin and the contents from the package you sent will be distributed to the soldiers we serve. We thank you for the support you provide us from home. There are many “behind the scenes” supporters of our mission here in Afghanistan. We are very appreciative of all you do for us. Take care. -Dawn
Thank you again for sending a care package over to us. I know that you all put a lot of time and effort into getting the boxes mailed to us. As always thank you for the letter too. We have been doing good here in Kabul and have even gotten a few inches of snow. The weather has turned cold but the sun is shining and it is a clear day. Have a great week, Jason
I received the packages you sent. I really do appreciate them. I haven’t been able to open them yet because there has been a lot of stuff going on. We had a flood here. Not so good in the desert lol. Have I told you how much I appreciate you? –Paul
Thanks so much for the package you sent and it was right on time too! I loved that fragrance you sent and those foot spa treatment too they’re very nice. You’ve made my day!!! Again thank you and hope you keep on supporting us here because we really appreciate all the things you have done. May God bless you and take care. ^_^ V/R Kristine
It was a pleasant surprise to get the packages from you. The guys in the office were very happy as were the other people from the squadron that came by when I told them I got a package. I like to see them excited about stuff cause you don’t get that a lot out here. Thank you for your support like always. -Mark
Thank you for the CDs and DVD, letters from the students, magazines, and snacks. I hope that you all had a great Christmas. I bet the weather up there is starting to get rather cold as winter is starting to set in. We are doing good here and staying warm. We have yet to see snow but the locals tell us that it will be here before we know it. Thank you for the continued support and have a great week. –Jason
The packages that were sent especially for my female soldiers have really been great! We have truly appreciated the time and effort people have taken to reach out to us. I want to thank all the wonderful folks out there who really helped my soldiers have a holiday they truly deserved!! Respectfully SFC Michael
I was grateful for all the prayers and love that was sent with the packages. All the items in the packages were distributed to the fellow soldiers. It brought up the morale in the unit. Thanks for all the support. I am signing off. God bless to everyone that helped. –Shawn
Well the holidays are over and a new year has begun. All I can say is thank you so much to all those that have sent stuff to support us and make our Holidays Brighter. We have a few more months to go and I and my fellow soldiers look forward to hearing from you. Thanks For your support in bringing in the New Year too. Sincerely Mason
I am representing my squad of marines. We currently are living in tents but will soon be out on our own, operating for long hours. Our conditions will change to sleeping in the dirt and limited resupply. I just want to say to say that I don’t like asking for handouts, but the circumstances in which we are about to endure have forced me to make sure that my guys get taken care of. We’ve got several guys from Illinois, one from Kentucky, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Ohio, and Indiana. All I can really say right now is that we are sitting in a base in southern Afghanistan and we just got our afghan counterparts. We have to train them up a little before we start doing anything serious but that shouldn’t take to long. Everyone has enjoyed the things you’ve been sending. –Joel
We live in austere conditions and though we do get supported well by our Army logistics we can only get so much and certain items through the system. The boys here live in tents with 110V electricity. There are no laundry facilities so laundry is done by hand for now with detergent and a wash basin. We just got our first shower point established which was a monumental occasion. It is difficult to obtain the basic necessities here and we rely on primarily care packages. There are no convenience stores here =). It’s the little things that have the biggest impact on the Soldier’s morale. During the winter months this translates to hand/foot warmers, baclavas, hot tea/coffee/ramen noodles etc in sealed mugs/thermos on guard duty or patrol and a good book, music or movie to watch when not on patrol/duty. The guys are big fans of sports. Simple school supplies, soccer balls and volley balls that Soldiers are able to pass out to the local Afghan children here have a huge impact on the locale populace and it’s a win win for our men as well knowing we were able to make a positive impact on a child and parent alike. Thank you for your support and bringing a little piece of home to the boys here in Afghanistan. –Scott
We have received boxes recently with incredible amounts of gifts. We at the clinic and the soldiers we support would like to sincerely thank you all for the wonderful support you have given us. Thank you! –Brendan
Just wanted to give a quick update. Our mental health team just got into a new tent. We are doing very well. It’s shocking it has been a month now since we first got here. One great addition was a coffee pot to our inventory, so coffee would also be awesome. Some of the things that I know right off hand that Soldiers do ask for are, and some strange, air fresheners, foot deodorizers (for boots), and just anything to make life a little more comfortable. Now that we have come to a place where we won’t have to pack up and move every once in awhile, things that make our tents feel like home have become important to these Soldiers. Thank you for your continued support. We love you all. –Garry
A Thank You to Mrs. Wheiland’s 2nd grade class at Wayne Elementary School as they continue to collect items for the Troops each month!! The Troops love to hear that the kids are thinking about them :>)
We are now selling Seroogy Chocolate Easter Fudge Eggs, Chocolate Bunnies, Chocolate Lambs, and Caramels for the Spring Fundraiser for the Troops. All profits are used to ship the care packages overseas.
God’s Blessings on your day and thank you for Supporting Mission Soldier Adoption!
~Mollie & Vickie