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An Opportunity to Help Our Wounded Servicemen and Women
Self | April 21, 2004 | Brad's Gramma

Posted on 04/21/2004 1:44:23 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma

Freepers, I have been sent an email from someone stationed in Iraq regarding an urgent need by our wounded servicemen/women. For security reasons, the whole email can NOT be posted here. Read on, please.



Today I went to visit the military hospital here in the Green Zone. Yesterday my boss (a Marine) had gone to visit some of the Marines brought here from the Fallujah fighting. When he asked one of the wounded Marines if there was anything he could get for him, the Marine requested a razor so he could shave and be within standards again before he was discharged from the hospital. My boss also found that the hospital basically was lacking phones for the patients to be able to call home and talk with their loved ones. I think they only had one that the chaplain carried with him and let the patients use when visiting them. We were able to scrounge up a few razors and got a couple of our cell phones signed over to the ward. I took the items back today along with some candy folks gave me and spent some time talking with the patients.

Afterwards, I talked with the ward personnel and they gave me a list of items they can always use. Our hospital is the largest surgical hospital here in Iraq so most of the patients are evac'd here for their initial care until they can be stabilized and evac'd to Germany or returned to duty (although it is not a big hospital-more like a clinic sized unit).

Of course most of the wounded come in with only what they were wearing in most cases. As such, they don't have things like toothbrushes, etc. A lot of you are always asking if there is anything you can send me. There really isn't anything I need, but these folks could use some things for the wounded. It really is humbling when you think about these young men and women who have been wounded, some of them terribly, and they are really excited about getting a razor or some chocolate candy. So, following is the list of things the ward personnel said they could really use for their patients.

On the hygiene items (toothpaste, shampoo, etc.), they are interested in the travel size products because the wounded are normally only here for a short period of time before they are transferred out to bigger hospitals that have better supplies of these items, or back to their units where they have access to their stuff. If you would like to donate any of these things (or start a drive for these things) just mail them to me. My office will sort the items and make sure they get to the hospital. If you would like to send food items, we'll need individually wrapped or single serving items. And, chocolate is okay if it's mailed soon before it gets too hot (but to tell the truth, we've been known to lick it off the wrapper when we want it bad enough!).

Razors
Shaving Cream
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Dental Floss
Mouthwash
Soap
Shampoo
Feminine Hygiene Products
Underclothes (male and female)-okay this may sound like a strange item, but remember they normally only come in with the stuff they are wearing and normally those are ruined
Slippers/FlipFlop type of things (in large sizes-apparently the things on the local economy are pretty small)
Hospital PJs
Candy
Crackers
Snack Items
Anything else you can think of


Additionally, we like to go out and give our young Marines pulling post duty candy/cookies, so we can always use that type of stuff. We had a great time delivering our Easter candy stash Sunday and we left a lot of Marines grinning from ear to ear.

* * * * * * *


MoJo20001's husband's division is going to be collecting the items and sending them via transport to the hospital in Iraq. IF you feel so inclined, and the need IS urgent...please let one of us know.

We also are coming across names...MANY MANY names of servicemen who need care packages, a letter, sometimes depending upon the branch of service, an email. If you can commit to being faithful with the correspondence, PLEASE let us know about that, too.


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KEYWORDS: carepackages; iraq; oif; prayerlist; supportourtoops; wia
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To: Brad's Gramma
BTTT!!!!!!!
21 posted on 04/21/2004 2:48:20 PM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Brad's Gramma
BUMP!

Thanks, BG!

22 posted on 04/21/2004 2:53:28 PM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: ST.LOUIE1
Oh no....not me. I'm just the messenger. Thanks to our TROOPS!!!!!!!
23 posted on 04/21/2004 3:03:08 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Become a monthly donor to Free Republic)
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To: Brad's Gramma; MoJo2001; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; TEXOKIE; Alamo-Girl; windchime; Grampa Dave; ...

Freepers, I have been sent an email from someone stationed in Iraq regarding an urgent need by our wounded servicemen/women. For security reasons, the whole email can NOT be posted here. Read on, please....

MoJo20001's husband's division is going to be collecting the items and sending them via transport to the hospital in Iraq. IF you feel so inclined, and the need IS urgent...please let one of us know.

We also are coming across names...MANY MANY names of servicemen who need care packages, a letter, sometimes depending upon the branch of service, an email. If you can commit to being faithful with the correspondence, PLEASE let us know about that, too.

Posted on 04/21/2004 4:44:23 PM EDT by Brad's Gramma

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Thank you so much for this post, and the offer, Brad's Gramma, MoJo2001.  

I know there's a WILL among Freepers to help the troops in Iraq. Thanks for providing a WAY! (not easy right now, we know.)  

Please Freepmail me.

Thank you! ((Hugs!))

24 posted on 04/21/2004 3:07:58 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Evil is out there, and evil wishes to attack us." - Lt. Gen. J Vines, commander, 18th Airborne Corp)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Oh my gosh....thank you SO much for using your ping list. And that picture. That picture says so much.

Dear Lord, please protect our servicemen.
25 posted on 04/21/2004 3:10:38 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Become a monthly donor to Free Republic)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Goodwill bump
26 posted on 04/21/2004 3:13:39 PM PDT by boxerblues
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To: Brad's Gramma
I would be very interested in corresponding via email. Let me know how I can sign up. Thanks

27 posted on 04/21/2004 3:18:24 PM PDT by sasafras (sasafras (The road to hell is paved with good intentions))
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To: Brad's Gramma; snippy_about_it; bentfeather; radu; Victoria Delsoul; The Mayor; ...
FYI Bump.
28 posted on 04/21/2004 3:38:36 PM PDT by SAMWolf (I started out with nothing & still have most of it left.)
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To: Brad's Gramma
Thanks, Gramma, for the chance to help. Please freepmail me with the contact info. (Let me know if you need additional 'credentials,' I will not be offended!)

These folks are fighting and dying for ME. I owe them!
xoxoxoxox
29 posted on 04/21/2004 3:56:49 PM PDT by Shazolene
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To: NYer; trussell; SheLion; Salem
Would you consider pinging your lists for help?
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Today I went to visit the military hospital here in the Green Zone. Yesterday my boss (a Marine) had gone to visit some of the Marines brought here from the Fallujah fighting. When he asked one of the wounded Marines if there was anything he could get for him, the Marine requested a razor so he could shave and be within standards again before he was discharged from the hospital. My boss also found that the hospital basically was lacking phones for the patients to be able to call home and talk with their loved ones. I think they only had one that the chaplain carried with him and let the patients use when visiting them. We were able to scrounge up a few razors and got a couple of our cell phones signed over to the ward. I took the items back today along with some candy folks gave me and spent some time talking with the patients.

Afterwards, I talked with the ward personnel and they gave me a list of items they can always use. Our hospital is the largest surgical hospital here in Iraq so most of the patients are evac'd here for their initial care until they can be stabilized and evac'd to Germany or returned to duty (although it is not a big hospital-more like a clinic sized unit).

Of course most of the wounded come in with only what they were wearing in most cases. As such, they don't have things like toothbrushes, etc. A lot of you are always asking if there is anything you can send me. There really isn't anything I need, but these folks could use some things for the wounded. It really is humbling when you think about these young men and women who have been wounded, some of them terribly, and they are really excited about getting a razor or some chocolate candy. So, following is the list of things the ward personnel said they could really use for their patients.

On the hygiene items (toothpaste, shampoo, etc.), they are interested in the travel size products because the wounded are normally only here for a short period of time before they are transferred out to bigger hospitals that have better supplies of these items, or back to their units where they have access to their stuff. If you would like to donate any of these things (or start a drive for these things) just mail them to me. My office will sort the items and make sure they get to the hospital. If you would like to send food items, we'll need individually wrapped or single serving items. And, chocolate is okay if it's mailed soon before it gets too hot (but to tell the truth, we've been known to lick it off the wrapper when we want it bad enough!).

Razors
Shaving Cream
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Dental Floss
Mouthwash
Soap
Shampoo
Feminine Hygiene Products
Underclothes (male and female)-okay this may sound like a strange item, but remember they normally only come in with the stuff they are wearing and normally those are ruined
Slippers/FlipFlop type of things (in large sizes-apparently the things on the local economy are pretty small)
Hospital PJs
Candy
Crackers
Snack Items
Anything else you can think of



Additionally, we like to go out and give our young Marines pulling post duty candy/cookies, so we can always use that type of stuff. We had a great time delivering our Easter candy stash Sunday and we left a lot of Marines grinning from ear to ear.

* * * * * * *


30 posted on 04/21/2004 3:57:48 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Laz, where are you? Are you ok?)
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To: Brad's Gramma
me too!

My adopted solider is back so I've not sent any packages lately.

They like cigs too.

Freep mail me with more info...
31 posted on 04/21/2004 3:58:48 PM PDT by BushisTheMan
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To: Brad's Gramma
THANKS.

I have toooo limited resources to be much help on that score.

I can pray and I can correspond. I could probably handle 12-24 correspondents.

Not sure how to arrive at a list of those to connect with. Perhaps you know?
32 posted on 04/21/2004 4:02:24 PM PDT by Quix (Choose this day whom U will serve: Shrillery & demonic goons or The King of Kings and Lord of Lords)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Support our troops ~ Bump!

We are winning ~ the bad guys are losing ~ trolls, terrorists, democrats and the mainstream media are sad ~ very sad!

~~ Bush/Cheney 2004 ~~

33 posted on 04/21/2004 4:14:40 PM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Quix
Praying is ALWAYS necessary! As to the names...hang on, they're coming in a day or so. Thank you SO MUCH for your generous offer! That's a whole lotta writing!!! :-)
34 posted on 04/21/2004 4:21:03 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Become a monthly donor to Free Republic)
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To: Wneighbor; 300winmag; 2Jedismom; ecurbh
Hobbit action ping...
35 posted on 04/21/2004 4:23:52 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (I've never been to Spain...and now I'll never go...)
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To: netmilsmom; *prayer_list; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Accountable One; AKA Elena; Alabama_Wild_Man; ..
Prayer ping, and call for help post 30.

Please post your replies to Brad's Gramma

netmilsmom, Thank you for the ping.

Blessings,
Trussell


If you want on or off my prayer ping list, please let me know. All requests happily honored.
36 posted on 04/21/2004 4:45:42 PM PDT by trussell (Member: Viking Kitty Society; Member: Troll Patrol...)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Thanks for the ping
Bttt
37 posted on 04/21/2004 4:52:35 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: netmilsmom; Brad's Gramma; SJackson; yonif; Simcha7; American in Israel; spectacularbid2003; ...
Hey, All, if you have the time and resources, this is another real world, tangible way to help the men and women of the US Armed Forces in theater, Iraq. Prayer is important; aggressively contending with terrorist sympathizers and aiders and abettors here in the American political arenas is important. But boxing up and shipping them the comforts of home we take advantage of every day is important, too.  !

FReepmail Brad's Gramma for private information and check in at the Freepr Canteen.


AMERICA AT WAR
At Salem the Soldier's Homepage ~

American Flag

38 posted on 04/21/2004 5:12:55 PM PDT by Salem (FREE REPUBLIC - Fighting to win within the Arena of the War of Ideas! So get in the fight!)
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To: Brad's Gramma
Thanks for the post! This is now an official prayer warrior field trip destination!

For those who may wish to join other FReepers in supporting our troops spiritually, please feel invited and welcome to come to the troop prayer threads. The most recent one can be found here:

http://freerepublic.com/focus/news/1101474/posts?page=412

39 posted on 04/21/2004 5:13:34 PM PDT by TEXOKIE (Hold fast what thou hast received!)
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To: Salem
A big ole Red White & Blue I LOVE the troops THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

40 posted on 04/21/2004 5:15:17 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Become a monthly donor to Free Republic)
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