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A Gift for Soldier in Iraq
December 15, 2006 | Incredulous Joe

Posted on 12/15/2006 4:03:05 PM PST by incredulous joe

Our church sponsored a giving tree this year in which the participants are members of our military serving in Iraq.

Aside from cookies, personal toiletrees, prayers and good wishes does anybody have any suggestions for what a soldier serving in Iraq might find useful??

Just curious if anyone has any personal insight.

Thanks


TOPICS: Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: troopsupport

1 posted on 12/15/2006 4:03:07 PM PST by incredulous joe
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To: incredulous joe

Black and Decker makes a LED flashlight that takes no batteries. You crank it to charge it, and it provides 30 minutes of light. I got one at Wally World for $10 and sending it to my son in Kuwait for those midnight latrine runs..


2 posted on 12/15/2006 4:12:45 PM PST by Lokibob (Spelling and typos are copyrighted. Please do not use.)
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To: incredulous joe

I just got back home after a year in Iraq (as a weenie civilian lawyer). My two cents: handi-wipes, decent reading material (i.e., not Clancy-esque crap -- there's plenty of those novels at every FOB), headphones, brand name gum and candy, drugstore.com gift certificates . . .


3 posted on 12/15/2006 4:14:12 PM PST by BroncosFan ("Now we grieve, 'cause now it's gone / But things were good when we were young.")
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To: incredulous joe

My son asks for :
Bags of Dunkin Donuts coffee
Gatorade and Crystal Lite powder drink mixes
Tuna fish in the foil packages
Socks
Writing paper and envelopes
Send pictures of everyone..makes the packages more personal


4 posted on 12/15/2006 4:36:35 PM PST by heylady
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To: incredulous joe

I have adopted some soldiers through Adopt A Platoon. There is a list of various things that can be sent in care packages at http://www.adoptaplatoon.org/new/pdf/care.pdf.


5 posted on 12/15/2006 4:39:35 PM PST by moonpie57 (Fred Howell McMurray, Jr. The man on my POW bracelet.)
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To: heylady

Thanks. I was sort of like, gee whiz, is it weird to include a pic of me and my family back here enjoying a normal Christmas while our penpal soldier is over there away from his family?

Then I'm thinking, it'd be nice to remember what they are doing and why they are over there fighting for us.


6 posted on 12/15/2006 4:42:22 PM PST by incredulous joe ("If you want the truth ask a four year old,... or a drunk." -- anon)
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To: incredulous joe

SNACK FOOD in the box. Have great nephew there now.


7 posted on 12/15/2006 4:43:19 PM PST by org.whodat (Never let the facts get in the way of a good assumption.)
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To: heylady

We just did a collection at my office; the troops requested a number of things, the ones that were top of the list:

Baby wipes
Toothbrushes
Trail mix snack packages


8 posted on 12/15/2006 4:50:56 PM PST by Laverne
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To: incredulous joe
See Kit Up! for some gifting ideas.

Ranger Joe's, US Cavalry, Brigade Quartermaster and Diamondback Tactical catalogs are always welcome.

9 posted on 12/15/2006 4:57:20 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Either we bring them freedom, or they destroy us.)
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To: incredulous joe; patriciaruth
You are welcome to mine the ideas at "The Merry Band of Patriots" thread.

Patriciaruth started it, she's great.

:-)

CARE PACKAGES for our Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, 2006

10 posted on 12/15/2006 5:07:30 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: incredulous joe

Copied from the internet - can't verify its accuracy:

Some things we could use are:
1. Pancake mix that only needs water
2. long oven mitts that go up to the elbow. ( our outdoor grill is big and we are steadily losing all hair below the elbow).
3. cans of cheez-it. That non-refrigeration needed canned cheese.
4. sliced pepperoni
5. of course spices, recipes, etc like that
6. plasticware of spoons.
7. canned air for computers and weapons
8. one a day vitamins for men
9. Chewable Vitamin C
10. Gold Bond Foot Powder and the body powder
11. lens paper and lens cleaner for optics, scopes, goggles, Ballistic glasses and night vision devices

Here is the latest and greatest list of things we could use and want.

1. Snyder Sourdough Hard Pretzels.
2. Tortilla Chips (you would not believe how hard they are to find here) (We have lots of dip mix, but no chips)
3. Dried Fruit (for pancakes and munching)
4. Rotel
5. Shaving Cream
6. DVDs (action, comedy, drama)
7. Box sets of any TV shows
8. Nice sheets for twin sized beds
9. Good pillows like down or whatever other kind are nice
10. Pillow top mattress covers for Twin beds
11. Large Bath towels
12. Febreeze or something like it. Also there is a product called Armor Fresh for body armor.
13. denture cleaner for our camelback water systems.
14. canned air for computers and weapons

I suspect a lot depends on location. A large base has Burger King and a well stocked store. Some small FOBs have very little.


11 posted on 12/15/2006 5:11:48 PM PST by Mr Rogers (I'm agnostic on evolution, but sit ups are from Hell!)
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To: BroncosFan; Lokibob; heylady; org.whodat; Monkey Face

To all of you who have someone serving, or have served, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

OK.
I'm sappy sounding, but it's true.


Thank you.

:-)


12 posted on 12/15/2006 5:22:02 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: incredulous joe
Ask these folks what to send:

suppliedtosurvive.com

The fellow that started the site has a son who was badly injured in Iraq. See helpsteven.com

I got an email on this. They want as many people as possible to stop by and sign the guest book.

13 posted on 12/15/2006 5:30:51 PM PST by isthisnickcool (If you can't light a fire in the vacuum of space what's the deal with the Sun?)
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To: fanfan; BroncosFan; Lokibob; heylady; org.whodat; Monkey Face
I don't think it's sappy at all.

This September Christian Bagge - the young soldier who made national news by running with President Bush. Christian is a double amputee - came to talk to my son's school. What an honor to meet this young man!

I got a bit choked-up when I got up to him in the reception line. The only I could think to say was "God bless. Thanks for protecting my children."

It's a small thing to be able to buy some of these items for our soldiers, but it's important for them to know how much we appreciate their effort. I should think that their hearts would sink if they only learned of how we view them from the national media.
14 posted on 12/15/2006 5:32:41 PM PST by incredulous joe ("I never gave anyone Hell. I simply told the truth and they thought it was Hell!" - Truman)
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To: incredulous joe
I should think that their hearts would sink if they only learned of how we view them from the national media.

We don't view them like the Drive-by media does; we view them and their families as the heroes they are.

I wish the entirety of your post could be seen by them all.

:-)

15 posted on 12/15/2006 6:00:41 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: incredulous joe

Try this wonderful site to find out directly from soldiers what they wish for.

http://anysoldier.com/


16 posted on 12/15/2006 6:11:21 PM PST by Motherhood IS a career
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To: incredulous joe

Letters... lots of letters letting them know how much we appreciate them.


17 posted on 12/15/2006 6:15:16 PM PST by Motherhood IS a career
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To: incredulous joe

Christian bookstore Heaven and Earth (national chain?) will send yer handwritten greetings/prayers free ... along with a free Bible.
they are here in tidewater va area.
go for it - we did!


18 posted on 12/15/2006 6:59:47 PM PST by wayne_b24 (every day in the Light is a good day...)
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To: incredulous joe

Artificial tears eye drops for dry eyes
playing cards
Paper, pens
candy


19 posted on 12/15/2006 8:07:05 PM PST by alnick
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To: Lokibob
I got one at Wally World for $10 and sending it to my son in Kuwait for those midnight latrine runs..

I saw those (also at Wally) over the weekend; gonna get one for our Earthquake Kit - looked to work well enough to find the way to the Loo for sure!

20 posted on 12/15/2006 8:11:25 PM PST by ErnBatavia (recent nightmare: Googled up "Helen Thomas nude"....)
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To: incredulous joe

BTTT


21 posted on 12/15/2006 8:32:57 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: incredulous joe

For good reading material, I recommend: 1776 by David McCullough

Great DVD movie: Tombstone with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer

Personal care item: Old Spice antiperspirant (put in a ziplock baggie, especially if mailing when the heat returns in April)

Favorite treats: tropical fruit bits trail mix, beef jerky, canned fruit like Mandarin oranges.

High protein Power Bars.

Breath mints.

White socks.







22 posted on 12/15/2006 9:24:45 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: incredulous joe

I was always partial to the gift food packages (Swiss Colony, etc) that had lots of treats, cheese, jellies, etc in containers that are big enough to enjoy but small enough that you don't have to worry about storing or refrigerating. Some of the stuff is great for trading and sharing, too.


23 posted on 12/15/2006 9:30:55 PM PST by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excess legislation.)
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To: incredulous joe

My grandson is a Marine on his second tour in Iraq. He requested handwarmers, inexpensive white cotton socks that they can wear a couple of days and throw away, beef jerky, babywipes, AA batteries.

I wasn't sure if the handwarmers that work when exposed to air and last 6 to 8 hours are the ones he wanted, but they are available on ebay (NAYY), inexpensive but unfortunately can't be shipped directly to Iraq thru the ebay or paypal shipping system. I have complained to ebay about this, but haven't heard anything.


24 posted on 12/16/2006 4:11:41 AM PST by finnsheep
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To: Nailbiter

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25 posted on 12/17/2006 3:55:57 AM PST by Nailbiter
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To: Laverne
The Army doesn't provide toothbrushes?

Carolyn

26 posted on 12/17/2006 4:34:56 AM PST by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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