Skip to comments.OPERATION SEASON'S GREETINGS
Posted on 10/14/2004 3:08:01 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma
|OPERATION SEASON'S GREETINGS BEGINS|
| In order to bring a "little piece of home" to our Troops overseas, we have joined our resources with ProudPatriots.com to kickoff our campaign.
Below we will explain to you everything you will need to know in order to help us bring some joy and happiness to our Troops.
Thank you to everyone that has already enthusiastically signed up to help. We greatly appreciate everything!
| How can I help? First, anything that you send is greatly appreciated.
Here are some of the items that have been requested:
- Phone cards (International)
- Music CD's, any genre including Christian to Rap music
- Books (Paperback or hardcover) **Please steer clear of political books**
- DVD's (any genre of movies, but no pornography)
- Electronic handheld games (can be found at Walmart, Target, or Kmart) **Make sure to send batteries as well**
- Socks (any size, they will fit someone)
- T-shirts (brown for work) **We thought it would be cool if our Troops received a t-shirt from various States to show that the support is nationwide. Or you can make them at home and send them along!
- Portable MP3 or CD players (Maybe several folks can go in together to do this.) - Portable DVD or regular DVD players **Also a project that a group of people could put together**
- Any XBox, GameCube, PS2 (Playstation 2) PSOne, DreamCast, Nintendo64, or Gameboy games. (Instead of buying new, you can find many used games locally at game stores. Make sure they aren't scratched, but they are just as good as a new one and cheaper.)
-Crossword puzzlebooks or any kind of brain teaser games.
- Footballs, Nerf footballs, soccer balls, basketballs, or baseball gloves, baseballs, or frisbees
- Christmas decorations
- Hanukkah decorations
The weather is cooling down and therefore, CHOCOLATE is in order.
Any homemade cookies, candies, fudge, or brownies are greatly appreciated. We would ask that you package it in a tin with no rattling.
Any type of NATURAL Jerky is greatly appreciated as well. NO PORK.
Any type of candy bar, hard candy, or the like is also greatly appreciated.
***IMPORTANT*** Please pack everything in baggies.
As we get more requests from overseas, we will add to the list.
| WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW!!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Most people don't realize just how important a little something from home is to our men and women. Especially during the holiday season. It can be the difference between having another lonely day or having a wonderful holiday.
Items will be collected until November 15th, 2004.
If you would like to make a donation, you can do so at The Proud Patriots (please scroll down to the bottom).
If you would like to send a gift card, you may do so either online to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can send it to the address below. Thank you!
All items can be shipped to the following address:
Proud Patriots 26 Towne Centre Way # 741 Hampton, VA 23666
After the items are received, they will be delivered to NCTAMS LANT DET HRDS where they will be packaged and sent to our various contacts in the region. Most of these items will go to specific units or to one of our designated Chaplains.
The contact people at NCTAMS LANT DET HRDS are IT1 John Young and ITCS Steven Reeves.
What is Proud Patriots?
Proud Patriots.com was started to help bring outside organizations in to provide care packages for our Troops. We began ProudPatriots.com almost 6 months ago. It has been a labor of love and we are finally getting everything in order to help our Troops in any way we can.
You would probably recognize the members of ProudPatriots.com because they are from our own Canteen. Anyone that is interested in joining our cause, please email us at email@example.com .
If you would like to print out copies of the letters for your work, business, Church, clubs, or schools, you can do so by clicking on the above logo. Thank you!
If you have any further questions, please FReepmail Kathy In Alaska, Brad's Gramma, HiJinx, or MoJo2001.
Yes. Hold on. :)
Hold you mouse button down and highlight the text and you can read it.
Plan ahead PING!
Kay, I love you. Now why didn't I think of that? That looks SO purty!!!
Please keep me on your ping list.
BUMP for a must-do!
Already doing what I can to get some folks around here involved. This Wish List is definitely a great help.
We want to make the holidays as happy as possible for our troops who are far from home. God bless each and every one of those men and women!
Thanks for the ping, Tonk!
Thanks much, radu. Lots of troops, lots of needs, lots of Freepers. It makes for a good combo.
Ma'am do you have any idea where you can purchase International phone cards? I would like to send a couple..
Ladies...Dog wants to buy international phone cards...we need ideas as to where to buy them.
A combo that can't be beat!
Hubby and I are happy to do what we can to help. No greater honor for us than doing something to support our military.
I'll try the local Radio Shack....and see if they have them..
I have a question re: food items.
Your list includes homemade cookies. How can we do that since it takes at least two weeks to deliver. Is there something I don't know because, I would love to send cookies to my solider :)
Try Costco or Sam's Club!!
(Try Wally World as well. Oops! Walmart!)
Fawnn, oh great cook! :) Got a question for you regarding packing cookies to make them arrive fresh.
Other than, of course, mailing them to ME FIRST so I can sample them. (har!)
Bookmark & Bump!!
Please add me to ping list? Thank you.
I bought mine at HEB in Texas.
Also, the Post Office sells some here.
Ummm...how are prices there?
I just purchased some on-line at $0.28/minute when used from Iraq.
I really don't know if that's a good deal. The web site I bought from says that the 'other retailer' price is as much as $0.50/minute from Iraq.
AAFES Calling-Card Best Value for Troops in Southwest Asia
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2004 -- Looking to buy a prepaid phone card for a servicemember deployed to Southwest Asia, but confused about which one to buy?
Take comfort in knowing you're not alone. With so many competing companies offering different calling cards, picking the best one can be a tough call.
Just about any calling card will work for servicemembers calling the United States from Southwest Asia, Judd Anstey, public affairs specialist for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, told American Forces Press Service.
The big question, he said, boils down to which card offers the lowest per- minute talking charges.
Thanks to an exclusive contract with AT&T, DoD military exchanges offer a card that provides the lowest per-minute fees for calls placed from AT&T phone centers in Southwest Asia, Anstey said.
The Military Exchange Prepaid Global 550-unit phone card offers lower per- minute rates than other prepaid cards, including AT&T prepaid cards sold by other retailers, Anstey said. "It's the best value out there," he said.
If the card is purchased in the United States, the per-minute fees are 28 cents a minute from Iraq or Afghanistan and 21 cents a minute from Kuwait. If the deployed servicemember buys the card in Southwest Asia, the rates are even lower, Anstey said, 25 cents a minute from Iraq and Afghanistan and 19 cents a minute from Kuwait.
This compares to as much as 40 cents per minute charged by some phone-card companies after converting calling units to actual calling minutes, Anstey said.
Anstey said the cards offer additional features: there's no connection fee for calls placed, cards never expire, and the purchaser has the option of "recharging them" so the recipient doesn't run out of calling minutes.
Thanks...that's who I was talking about!!
You don't need to be an authorized patron to purchase, and you can have the cards sent to any US/APO/FPO address.
I had 15 sent to the Towne Center address above...
Count me in!!!
Sorry, Gramma. I can create cookie recipes and bake cookies, but I've never packed them up to mail 'em.
In fact, the other night I was talking to my sister-in-law and said I still felt guilt because when my at-the-time-Marine-helicopter-mechanic brother was overseas in 1974-75, I'd only answered his letters; I never sent him anything! (She said he's never complained, and then pointed out as a recently divorced single parent who relocated to another city for employment, it was understandable that I had other issues on my mind. And besides, I spent a lot of time entertaining that Marine's wife....)
Because I can't "do" the post office and the forms involved now make it difficult for me to mail some things from home, I do other stuff and count on Kathy in Alaska and MoJo2001 to mail the actual packages.
Sorry for the non-answer, but I've just never had experience with worrying about keeping cookies fresh: They usually don't last that long. ;)
Attention shipping experts: Gramma is wondering how to pack 'em to keep cookies fresh (and non-crumby)!
On my last trip to Costco, I saw, for the first time, cards that actually said "International Calling Card" on them. I didn't check the "per minute" rate. If you have access to a military base, they look to have cards with the best rates.
You don't need to be an authorized patron to purchase, and you can have the cards sent to any US/APO/FPO address.
Can't believe I just remembered this!
Shipping cookies without having them break is fairly simple, especially at this time of year. Go to your local Wal-Mart, Target, Wal-Green, Osco, Rite-Aid, etc. and pick up a round decorative tin. Everyone has them. They hold a coupla dozen cookies easily. Put your cookies in a zip-lock for freshness (and to keep the sand out)! Put them in the tin, add tissue paper if they don't fit snugly. Use clear packing tape to seal the tin, again to keep the sand out.
Voila! Fresh whole cookies and a decorative touch of home to boot.
Excellent suggestion! (I think my practical, logical brain is still on vacation today.) ;)
Well, don't ask me to practical and logical right now.
We do this every year with Christmas cookies for the family. It ought to be second nature to have the answer at the tip of my tongue, rather than having it come to me nearly an hour after reading the question!
I'm not worried about the breaking part, I wonder about the freshness. My deliveries to my soldier take an average of two weeks to arrive. Unless they were honey cookies, I don't know what to bake that would preserve that long.
Ahhh...zip-lock bags won't keep them relatively fresh?
We send snow-balls and crescent cookies to family every year for Christmas. They stay fresh.
To be honest, I suspect anything that doesn't start hard - like peanut butter cookies - will still be edible when it gets delivered. And I know for a fact that the recipients are going to love whatever the get from home.
Trust me, when you've been living in sand and eating MREs or chow hall food for a month, anything from home is welcome!!
This is from my mom who is an expert at these things:
Find a cute cookie tin or some sort of tin. (THe Dollar Tree has a variety.) Make sure it's big enough to do the following things:
Get a small piece of bubble wrap and line the bottom of the tin.
Get styrofoam (sp?) and put it in to secure a somewhat snug area.
Wrap the cookies in wax paper and then put it in a baggie.
Take another piece of bubble wrap and wrap the outside of the baggie making it snug and secure.
Put it in the "snug" styrofoam tin.
Then put some bubble wrap on top of it.
My mom has done this for awhile. She has sent fudge and brownies over. This is how she's always done it.
Homemade cookies, even if they are crumbs, are a delicacy. I would remove any excess air from the baggies before packing. Also, make cookies which are sturdy. Fudgy cookies are fantastic and stay together well. Smaller cookies also pack tighter and do not crumble as much.
Can you post or freepmail me the recipe or provide a link to the recipe? Thanks so much.
I've recently discovered the best sugar cookie recipe but I think it would be too flimsy to send.
Can I wrap myself up and ship myself for a gift to a lonely, single serviceman? :o)
Not that I don't appreciate your efforts, but....
They're both the same article.
(I learned how to use that "but" stuff effectively from that guy who served for a few seconds in Vietnam.) ;)
Yes but do you have a PLAN? ;-)
Oh boy. I'm sorry. Honest. I'm sorry. I believe I'll be slithering on back to Google. That's too bad, too, cuz they WERE different sites.
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