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ACTION ITEM! Help a US Army Chaplain and his troops! UPDATED PHOTOS!
WDTPRS ^ | May 24, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Posted on 05/24/2014 1:48:27 PM PDT by NYer

As Memorial Day approaches. FOX RIVER has a 30% discount for Memorial Day, which is subtracted at checkout.

One of the most important things that troops on the ground need are good stockings.

Socks. Soldiers. Think about it.

A priest of the Diocese of Madison, Fr. Jason Hesseling, is an Army Chaplain on active duty in Afghanistan (1st BN 3rd SFG (A)). There are 500 soldiers in that unit.

Fr. Hesseling, in conjunction with Fox River, created a site through which YOU, dear readers, can buy socks for the troops!

They need lots o’ socks, friends. They need hundreds.

Why Fox River socks?

Fr. H wrote to me:

I’m very grateful for any publicity you can offer to us, and any support you can throw our way. The guys love these socks, they usually buy them on their own if I can’t supply them since they are rugged, they are battle proven, and they don’t melt or cause further injury when exposed to fire/explosions. Any soldier will tell you that maintaining your feet is almost as important as maintaining your weapon downrange. These socks help in that effort.

Thanks again for all the prayers and support. Blessings in all things…

To view The Soliders’ Wishlist and to order socks go HERE.

There are quite a few units. To find Fr. Hesseling’s unit scroll down or, fast, do a CTR+F search with #100764 [HINT: highlight #100764 hit CTL+C, then go to site, then CTR+F, and then paste with CTL+V into the search box]

Please pitch in? It is a simple thing to do, but they will be grateful. I know that when people send me a donation or something from my wishlist, it is a dose of encouragement. It really picks me up. There is no question that you could do the same for them, in much harder circumstances than I have.


Fr. Z's usual travel gear with Fox River socks!

If 1 in 10 readers here would help, think of what an impact we could make?

Also, I have had Fox River socks on my wishlist. KA sent me few pair a couple years ago. They are GREAT in boots while walking and they really hold up.

Again, click HERE and CTL+F search #100764

And once they get all their socks, who says you can’t buy more for other units?

Finally: to buy Fox River socks for yourselves, click HERE. They are great.

A shot of the order form which allows FREE SHIPPING.

PS: It might take a little while for your order to appear as registered on that site. Patience.


WOW! Great response so far. I counted 122 pairs so far! 6% fulfillment.

UPDATE 16 April 03:35 GMT:

Look at what you have done!


I am impressed and proud of you!

Look at this! Look how the numbers have changed.

UPDATE: 17 April 1609 GMT:


UPDATE: 18 April:

We have moved about 500 pairs of socks so far. Keep it going!

UPDATE: 20 April:

35% OORAH!

UPDATE: 14 May:


I had a note from the priest/chaplain stationed at Bagram in Afghanistan (my emphases):

Fr. Z,

I’ve been absolutely amazed at the response of socks that my unit has received so far. Far beyond my wildest expectations! And the guys are very appreciative. I’m giving them blank thank you cards to fill out and send your way and to those who have donated their precious funds to provide for them. When I go out to a team site with a box of these socks in my hands, the guys are blown away. Again, I can’t thank you enough for your support and the support of those who follow your blog. I’ve included a couple of pictures of some of my infantry guys with socks in hand. I hope you can see from their smiles how grateful they are.

Thanks again for all the support.

UPDATE 16 May:

55%! Way to go!

Can you do more? Tell your friends.

UPDATE 24 May:

56% right now. Can you get this up to 75% by the end of Memorial Day?

TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: military; socks

1 posted on 05/24/2014 1:48:27 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Memorial Day, ping! Let’s help our troops put their best foot forward.

2 posted on 05/24/2014 1:49:29 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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3 posted on 05/24/2014 3:23:47 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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What a wonderful idea, especially for Memorial Day! Thanks for posting this. Father Z is great for doing this.

4 posted on 05/24/2014 5:33:23 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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