Skip to comments.Care Packages and Thank-You Notes for our Troops in Afghanistan
Posted on 07/03/2004 5:35:38 PM PDT by patriciaruth
Our troop support group finally found a way to send care packages to our troops in Afghanistan, and I've received a couple letters this week requesting goodies. We're pretty excited about finally making contact, and are inviting others who want to show support to join us.
If you can't afford to contribute money or goods, the troops also really appreciate letters, cards and notes, and request your prayers for their safety and peace of mind.
The first set of care packages and thank you cards and notes that we sent to Afghanistan for the Fourth of July were received with joy and you can read about them on the second half of our last thread, Write a Thank You Note to a Soldier in Iraq this Memorial Day Weekend
We've been collecting goodies and contributions toward the next set of care packages to go to Afghanistan. Our contact there will send them to the troops at the outlying fire bases, and has requested toiletries, movies, paperback books, snacks, and games for them.
Also, there are ongoing requests from a group of soldiers near Kirkuk in Iraq for items for the poor village schools and children in the surrounding area, specifically elementary school supplies and children's toys and crayons 24 to a box are a special project of theirs.
I'm getting my paypal account set up again next week for those who want to do this by credit card.
Also, don't forget:
Dear Dr. P****,
Thank you so so much for the care packages for someone like myself who doesn't have a large family or spouse. It was nice to be excited about getting mail. Your packages had something to make everyone on my team smile. What you are doing is really great, and admirable.
I wish I had an APO to send you for some of our guys out at the smaller fire bases, but if you could send a male oriented box with snacks like dried fruit and trail mix, some fun stuff like DVD's or board games, books, and personal hygiene items (shaving cream, razors, deoderant, sunscreen, ect...) I will put them on the next available resupply trip. I'm sure whatever you send will be greatly appreciated.
When you ask about any personal requests, all I could really use is ....[a personal item I've already purchased for her]. Some girls here are afraid to ask for these items. [feminine hygiene products] and other girlie potions you may surprise us with, like lotions, hair products, face products, nail stuff, ect. Sometimes it's nice to just feel like a girl for a little while.
Thank you once again for everything that you are doing, people like you make a huge difference in soldiers lives.
And she included a picture of herself on the team truck at the airfield.
Second letter from BAGRAM!
Dear Mrs. P*****,
I would like to thank you in person for what you have done for US troops out here, but all I can send is this letter.
These small gifts mean a lot to all of us out here. With all that goes on around here, even the smallest things can make the difference.
I hope you can make out my hand writing, I apologize for its sixe and sloppiness. Thank you very much and have a wonderful day.
--soldier, Operation Enduring Freedom
P.S. I was told to list some items I would like, but there isn't much I want. But if you would like to send something, Kettle corn pop corn would be great. Thanks again.
[Help! Is Kettle corn a brand? Is it microwave bags or the do it yourself bags of kernals?]
LOL .. I think I can find something like that to send
Thanks for the ping Patty
Lonesome Dove - Part 1
The Jerk (Steve Martin)
Hunt for Red October
Sea of Love
episodes of Orange County (a TV series):
Can anyone record them or does anyone know where to get them?
2 oz. face cream, box 30 facial cleansing towelettes, box 50 flushable wipes, box 64 pantie liners, Playtex tampons 40 reg and 40 super, package emory boards, 1 manicure set (file, nail clipper, etc), pack of 4 orange sticks, 0.4 oz. cuticle cream, 1 travel toothpaste and brush, floss, and Q-tips, 1 30spf chapstick, bottle iron supplement, 1 yeast suppository/cream combo kit, 4 oz sunscreen, 8 oz.Cetaphil skin lotion, 2 underwear, 1 gum, hotel/magazine samples of deep cleansing oil, facial mask, shampoo, conditioner, face cream. soap, skin lotion, oil, creme
As you noted from the pix we got, there is a definite contingent of gals that would be thrilled with anything you could round up for their special needs and fun.
What do I need to do to contribute? I have a drawer full of new school supplies I'd love to contribute, and would be glad to get kettle corn, personal hygiene items, or whatever else is needed.
Here's what's been collected so far for the troops in the outlying fire bases.
Box 1 for outlying troops (almost full):
books: Shogun and King Rat by James Clavell, Glory Road by Heinlein
DVD movies: Master and Commander, Braveheart, Secondhand Lions, The Gods Must Be Crazy, The Rookie, Ghostbusters
toiletries: 10 each Travel size toothpaste and brush, floss, boxes of 24 wet wipes, Charmin t.p., Q-tips, Kleenex
Personal care: Large 10 oz. Gold Bond foot powder, Medicated bandaids (20 in box), pkg moleskin, Gum to fill holes
Box 2 for outlying troops:
toiletries: 10 travel shaving cream, 10 deodorant, 7 toenail clippers with file, 2 bottles sunscreen lotion spf45 (4 oz), 1 tube sunblock cream 12 oz Spf50, 3 bags of 12 razors
Entertainment: CD holder album, 2 CD's (Classic R&B, and Hits of the 60's), gum to fill holes
Personal Care: 2 tubes fungal cream, 1 pkg moleskin, 0.5 oz natural tears, 1 small bottle vitamins
Box 3 for outlying troops (just starting snacks box):<br. 32 quart size sugared Country Time lemonade mix
I'll head out this week and pick up a few things to send .. and I'll take a look over at Block Busters and see what they have in their previewed section
Kettle Popcorn is a new flavor put out by Reddenbacher's.
Just ask a person who runs a vending machine biz. That's me!
They are available at Sam's, so I'm sure they would also be found at Wal*Mart.
I haven't seen them in my local grocery stores and the only one you'd have out there would be Safeway - but you might try them, too.
I hope this helps.
I sent a box of "girlie stuff" to an NPO in Iraq. Far, far from a ship and far from any BX, it was really difficult for them to get the products they wanted.
As soon as I can, I'm going to send you a check for those items.
Having lived overseas, and lived out of catalogs and BX's, I understand what it is to need American products, and not have them available.
When I returned, I walked into the Field Liaison Office and told them to put a women (or me) in there because they were so difficult to talk to about getting prescriptions or feminine hygiene products, it was ridiculous.
I worked part time in that office for the duration of my stay with that company. And I'm about to play the role again, at Church, for our Missionaries overseas, who need things done for them here. I know exactly what it's like.
I will send you a FReepmail - some notes to include in the packages going to Afghanistan. God bless them all. And God bless you for all you've done and are doing and will do for our troops. I say, Patty, you are a one-woman love machine!
I'll communicate with you by FReepmail.
Did you get your packages for the wounded at Walter Reed yet? They were mailed priority on Monday.
Sweet letter from a soldier, Pat. Wish I knew about Kettle corn - if I see anything like it at the store I'll let you know.
I have a family looking for a project...
June 8, 2004 2 care packages (received on June 16) with
Movies: We Were Soldiers (Mel Gibson), Total Recall (Schwarzenegger), October Sky, Galaxy Quest (Tim Allen), Moscow on the Hudson (Robin Williams), Gettysburg (Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen), Shanghai Knights (Jackie Chan), Open Range (Kevin Cosner), Saving Private Ryan (Tom Hanks, Matt Damon), Independence Day (Will Smith), Glory (Denzel Washington), Last of the Mohicans (Daniel Day-Lewis), Tears of the Sun (Bruce Willis), Frequency (Dennis Quiad), Die Another Day (Pierce Brosnan).
VHS recording of TV movie: Ike/Countdown to D-Day
Books: Pied Piper (Nevil Shute), A Town Like Alice(Nevil Shute), Without Remorse (Tom Clancy), Last of the Breed (Louis L'Amour), The Other (Tom Tryon), Enchantment (Orson Scott Card), The Altman Code (Ludlum book), 25 or so pocket constitutions
Candy: 2 boxes 30 Reese's peanut butter Cups, Kitkats, Hershey's, power bars; 1 box 24 M&M's, 1 box 48 Snickers bars, 1 box 24 Almond Snickers
Cookies: (2 boxes Chips Ahoy 12 pkgs of 4, 2 boxes of Oreos 12 pkgs of 3), 4 individual Chips Ahoy pkgs of 4; 4 boxes 6 fudge brownies
box of 8 Carefree sugarless gum
Box of 24 Jolly Time buttered microwave popcorn bags
Magazines: Army on D-Day, 2 women's NRA, AUSA on D-Day
Misc. toiletries to fill in the holes: 4 Q-tips, 4 floss, 2 travel toothpaste/toothbrush, 4 skin cream, 1 baby powder, 3 Kleenex.
30 small flags, 10 thank you notes, Thank you Bagram/Happy Fourth of July sign; picture album of troop support rallies (Tunehead54 and SerpentDove)
Sent on June 16 to Bagram:
5 tapes of the Ronald Reagan funeral ceremonies and processions
Books: Goodbye Darkness-Memoir of WWII in Pacific (William Manchester), Tunnel in the Sky (Robert Heinlein), Far Side cartoon book, Washington the Indispensible Man-biography
Essay on Islam in America
Magazines: Army on Space, Women's NRA, Decision on Bakersfield meeting
2 Jergens mild soap, 2 Carefree gum, 5 stuffed envelops, 1966 music CD
I got 'em. Had to go pick them up at the PO. My mailman, who regularly stuffs anything in my mailbox, wouldn't/couldn't do it with the Priority Mailers and left me a "at PO" pink thingy. I was so frosted. I was right down the driveway - I saw him cross my driveway. There is no reason he couldn't have handed them to me. He does that when he has something for me to sign. But Nooooooooooo, not this time.
Grrrrrrr - I am so angry at him. Yet another new one. They show up about once a month. It's getting ridiculous. I must live in a training area or something. Oh joy. NOT.
I hope to go visit Walter Reed tomorrow - and take them some cheer and some presents.
FReepmail me your address, please? I don't have much to send but I'd really like to send something for those toiletries. Those items hit me where I live, if you get my drift.
What type of media do you want for the movies DVD, VHF?
Anyone want to donate a VCR player that works?
Thanks for asking. Where does a person send a care package, letters, calling cards, money?
Monetary contributions can be sent to me to pay for care packages. Letters can be mailed to me for forwarding, or you can FReepmail me a letter and I'll print it out and send it. All care packages go by USPS priority, and there are restrictions on what can be sent.
Items are sent to me to be included in a package, or to one of a few trusted FReepers closer to the Army overseas shipment staging area. I'm in California and the staging area is on the East Coast, so sometimes it makes more sense to save postage by using another of our group as the recipient, who will check the items, repack in a care package box, and mail.
You can send items to us anyway you want, but we have to send out by USPS.
ANY skin cream or lotion is LOVED! Even the guys use them.
Fabulous suggestions! Thank you SO much!
Those of us who have had a chance to see October Sky really liked it. Also, Frequency was very good. Thanks so much again for sending all those. I haven't had a chance to see all of them yet, but I will! Sometimes it gets really slow here and there just isn't that much to do, and of course, no where to go. Our internet time is pretty limited and usually someone is waiting to hop on. Anyway, it seems like there are a couple of guys who like the Westerns and Action, the Commander likes horror flicks (whatever!), and the girls do like the chick flicks.
We decorated our office with all the flags and red, white and blue ribbons for the 4th tomorrow. It looks great and adds cheer. Thanks for sending that stuff!
You can read about our work here.
Thanks for what you are doing.
Do not remove my name from your ping list!!!
Freepmail me your address and I will get a check in the mail. May also be able to send a few items.
I have been sending care packages to a local guy stationed in Iraq. I know some of his family. I usually send enough to share with all in his unit.
I've sent Rice Krispie treats; large boxes are available at Costco. Also crackers, cookies, candy, crossword puzzle books and toiletries are appreciated. They specifically asked for flea collars. They wear them on their ankles. The sand fleas are eating them alive.
I will pick up a few additional items next time I make a trip to Costco.
Thanks for doing this.
My novel, Elective Decisions is out. You can pick it up here before it gets to stores: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com. You can also read a couple of sample chapters when you get there as well. If you have any questions, feel free to FReepmail me. Here is a short synopsis to give you an idea on what it's about.
Chris Smith desperately needs this last job for an extravagant retirement; he might just die trying.
Chris Smith, a retired U.S. Army sniper, is now a paid mercenary. Growing up poor, he longs for the wealth he never had as a child. An opportunity arises for him to retire to a lavish lifestyle. This chance pits him against Joe, an old high school foe, running for President of the United States. Chriss high school friend, Mark Fields, is a journalist seeking an anchor position on network news. His ambition gets him a job as Joes campaign manager, and his natural curiosity to get to the truth places him in the line of fire.
Hereford Turley, a retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major, hates the changes in the new Army. His obsession and prejudices have led him to Chris Smith. He is forced to take drastic actions to try to prevent the inevitable future. All three men find themselves making ambitious decisions. Over a few months, they will meet each other in a head on collision involving a political conspiracy.
I would also like to send five personally autographed copies to the troops. First, I'll have to send them to you so that you may forward them. Let me know how this works by FReepmail.
P.S. For those others, click on the top ten best selling books link at the site, and you'll find me at number ten after two weeks. For all of you that have purchased it, I am completely humbled.
Keep me on your list.
I don't have a lot to contribute but I'll do what i can.
Bump for later.
I've heard from a few freepers that Kettle corn is in the popcorn section and it does come in microwavable bags.
YUM! I'm going to check it out after the holiday weekend.
THANKS everyone for the info!
One time ping. I'll try not to ping again anyone who doesn't respond.
I'll try not to ping anyone again who doesn't respond.
Tell me where to send, etc..
Thanks for putting me on your ping list, patriciaruth. I'm going to gather a bunch of stuff. Should have some goodies left from my gift basket business that I retired from last year!!
I assume I'll find where to send it on this thread.
Great idea, thanks for pinging me.
Have a great Fourth of July!
If you can write a note for a soldier, let me know. If you want to contribute, I'll give you the address. If you want on the main ping list just to keep informed of our activities, let me know.
Otherwise, if I don't hear, this is a one time ping and I'll try not to ping you again.
I sent care packages every week during Desert Storm. I'm currently broke though and only getting by thanks to the grace of God. Otherwise, I'd be helping. My internet connection right now takes precedence over postage. My contribution is to pray for the troops.
Ping me but I am currently pumping money and support into a local program.