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Support Our Troops: Free Republic Operation Phone Home
03/02/2003 | dware

Posted on 03/02/2003 9:28:28 AM PST by dware

FReeper friends & family,

I have a friend in Kuwait, where he and his division have been stationed now for two months in Operation Enduring Freedom. I have been emailing him, and we have been able to clear the sending of packages from folks here over to them.

According to him, they are in desperate need of International phone cards. Calls from Kuwait to home cost about $1.55 a minute, and many of his division are often unable to make calls to their loved ones & family because of the expense. Letters of support from children & adults here at home are also extremely welcome, as are pictures and similar items.

That's where the Free Republic Operation Phone Home comes in. I am coordinating with my friend to get members of his division the items mentioned above, and I would like to ask your help in doing so. If you have been interested in establishing a direct line to a troop or two, this would be the perfect opportunity.

On March 20, 2003, I will be sending out the first of (hopefully) many packages for the troops. Items to be included are:

International phone cards
Letters
Pictures
Drawings from children, etc.

At this time, we are working out the logistics of other items to be included in the care packages, and as soon as we have that done, I'll post it here.

For now, here's how you can help: FReepmail me, or email warehouse@gvii.net and I will send you my address. You can then send a phone card or two, pictures, letters, etc. to me, and I will begin including them in the FR Operation Phone Home packages. If you would like to help with the cost of postage, you can also include a small contribution to the postage fund, though it is not required.

Let's show our support for our men & women in service, and let them know Free Republic CARES!


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: carepackages; eduringfreedom; operationphonehome; phonecards; troopsupport
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If you have any questions, you can email me at the address above, and I will do everything I can to answer them. Thank you in advance for supporting our troops!
1 posted on 03/02/2003 9:28:28 AM PST by dware
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To: Jim Robinson; Bob J; PackerBoy; Hillary's Lovely Legs; Freedom4US; Libertina
FYI Ping
2 posted on 03/02/2003 9:31:13 AM PST by dware (Help expose the anti-war organizations: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/844750/posts)
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To: not_apathetic_anymore; BB2; getgoing
FYI Ping
3 posted on 03/02/2003 9:32:42 AM PST by dware (Help expose the anti-war organizations: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/844750/posts)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Perhaps this could be included with the next USO Canteen Freeper Style?
4 posted on 03/02/2003 9:34:19 AM PST by dware (Help expose the anti-war organizations: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/844750/posts)
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To: dware
What an excellent idea, dware! BTTT!
5 posted on 03/02/2003 9:35:32 AM PST by Libertina
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To: dware
I am on board...just sent you an e-mail. Good luck with this worthwhile endeavor!
6 posted on 03/02/2003 9:35:57 AM PST by yoe
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; AppyPappy; Brad's Gramma
Thought you might like to see this.
7 posted on 03/02/2003 9:36:12 AM PST by dware (Help expose the anti-war organizations: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/844750/posts)
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To: yoe
Its insane that the dod does not provide internet phone or at least 500 minutes per month...
8 posted on 03/02/2003 9:37:42 AM PST by fooman (Free NASA! Save NASA!)
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To: All
I have told my friend that there is likely to be quite a response to this - they're not letting us down, let's not let them down!
9 posted on 03/02/2003 9:41:25 AM PST by dware (Help expose the anti-war organizations: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/844750/posts)
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To: dware; A Citizen Reporter; ABG(anybody but Gore); acnielsen guy; Angelwood; arazitjh; b4its2late; ..
Great idea.... thanks. Will be checking around for the cards.

ping.

10 posted on 03/02/2003 9:43:28 AM PST by lysie (camel chaser ramsey clark will have 3 potential clients.)
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To: fooman
My friend mentioned the last call he made home cost $150! They are supposed to get Internet, and can sometimes avert these costs one way or another, but there are more times when they cannot, which is why they need our help.
11 posted on 03/02/2003 9:43:55 AM PST by dware (Help expose the anti-war organizations: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/844750/posts)
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To: Registered; All
NOTE: It will be made clear with every package that these are coming from FReepers. Registered, would you be willing to come up with a simple logo I could use on all correspondence relating to the packages?
12 posted on 03/02/2003 9:46:15 AM PST by dware (Help expose the anti-war organizations: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/844750/posts)
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To: lysie; All
FYI - The cards can be purchased at places like Mail Boxes Etc. or similar places. You can also get the ones at Wal Mart, though the amount on the card will be used faster because of the International rate (however, EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS!)
13 posted on 03/02/2003 9:59:12 AM PST by dware (Help expose the anti-war organizations: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/844750/posts)
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To: dware; kdf1; AMERIKA; Lancey Howard; MudPuppy; SMEDLEYBUTLER; opbuzz; Snow Bunny; gitmogrunt; ...
Operation phone home, sending goodies to the troops overseas!
14 posted on 03/02/2003 10:10:11 AM PST by RaceBannon
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To: RaceBannon
Thanks for getting this out! There have been other similar projects from various groups around the nation, but this is the only one I know is a Free Republic exclusive!
15 posted on 03/02/2003 10:20:14 AM PST by dware (Help expose the anti-war organizations: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/844750/posts)
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To: lysie
Thanks for the ping. Great idea!
16 posted on 03/02/2003 10:22:47 AM PST by MozartLover
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To: dware
Have been doing this through a 501(c)(3) organization, so contributions are tax-deductible. Simpler to raise money and buy cards in bulk (Sam's has the best price the club has found and has been very supportive, including donating some cards), have contributors write a personal note on a small card to go in an envelope with each phone card. The club is sending boxes of cards to the CSM for distribution.
17 posted on 03/02/2003 10:26:39 AM PST by jbg
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To: jbg
Thanks for posting this. I have been advising everyone who is interested to include a short note saying hello & including their address so the troops can write directly back if they choose.

Thanks again for posting!
18 posted on 03/02/2003 10:44:25 AM PST by dware (Help expose the anti-war organizations: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/844750/posts)
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To: dware
Also makes a great school project, kids can bring in money for a phone card and write a note to go with their card. Response was great. Somebody should do this in Maine schools.
19 posted on 03/02/2003 11:02:43 AM PST by jbg
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To: dware; MeeknMing; mhking
Sounds great and I see that we can buy international cards from Sam's or Mailbox.
20 posted on 03/02/2003 11:04:06 AM PST by xJones
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To: jbg; MozartLover
Yes..I was sure Sam's Club has excellent rates (At&T card) for domestic...3 something cents a minute. I wasn't sure about international rate.

You are most welcome, Mozie.

21 posted on 03/02/2003 11:05:05 AM PST by lysie (camel chaser ramsey clark will have 3 potential clients.)
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To: dware; RaceBannon
Great idea! I will check into this at work and see what we can do.

Thanks for the ping Race.
22 posted on 03/02/2003 11:12:49 AM PST by fnord ( Hyprocisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue)
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To: xJones; dware; SpookBrat; AntiJen; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; All
bumpity bumpity ! Thanks ...
23 posted on 03/02/2003 11:36:30 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: dware
Great idea, May I suggest yet another way to sypport the troops.
www.operationmilitarysupport.com

this is a web site for volunteering to write to one or more of the troops. There is also a link to see the results of these letters by reading the responses from the troops. I am also very impressed with the sponsors.
I wrote to a marine, hope he responds.
24 posted on 03/02/2003 11:41:25 AM PST by Burlem
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To: Burlem
link to operationmilitarysupport
25 posted on 03/02/2003 12:20:53 PM PST by Burlem
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To: dware
I'm in. I teach 7th graders. I'll see how many of the international phone cards I can get. I think my students would like the idea of sending cards to those serving overseas
26 posted on 03/02/2003 12:23:43 PM PST by mware
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To: dware; JohnHuang2
Did you notify the King? No? Oh well. I just did. Heeheeee

I'll go shopping, count me in.
27 posted on 03/02/2003 1:24:03 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: dware
Just sent you an e-mail for your address. I'll send phone cards and am asking non-freeper friends to send whatever also. I was really upset when I read where our military in Kuwait were upset about recent anti-war movements throughout the world, so I'm really pleased this is going directly to American military in Kuwait. Regards and thanks.
28 posted on 03/02/2003 3:08:19 PM PST by maxwellp
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To: mware
I teach 7th graders. I'll see how many of the international phone cards I can get. I think my students would like the idea of sending cards to those serving overseas

Wonderful! Keep in mind that they also welcome letters, pictures, etc. Thanks for your support!

29 posted on 03/02/2003 5:25:44 PM PST by dware (Help expose the anti-war organizations: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/844750/posts)
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To: Brad's Gramma
Thanks for notifying the King! I completely spaced it.
30 posted on 03/02/2003 5:27:23 PM PST by dware (Help expose the anti-war organizations: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/844750/posts)
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To: dware
Oh! I also copied your post and sent it to one of Brad's teachers.
31 posted on 03/02/2003 5:29:57 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: Burlem
Thanks for posting the operation military support info. I know there are several organizations doing this, and wanted to let them know that we at Free Republic support them as well. This is why everything we send out will let them know about FR!
32 posted on 03/02/2003 5:39:41 PM PST by dware (Help expose the anti-war organizations: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/844750/posts)
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To: All
Just checked with ATT 9(for Sam's Club cards)..

The rate from Kuwait to US is 10 minutes for every one minute used.

33 posted on 03/02/2003 5:57:53 PM PST by blu
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To: dware; joanie-f; snopercod
Thanks for the link, from the other thread.

I've sent you my e-mail address. When I get a reply, I'll work at shipping some AT&T phone cards to you.

Thanks.

34 posted on 03/02/2003 6:30:09 PM PST by First_Salute
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To: dware
Bump.
35 posted on 03/02/2003 6:40:59 PM PST by First_Salute
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To: dware
Bump.
36 posted on 03/02/2003 6:41:11 PM PST by First_Salute
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To: dware
Bump.
37 posted on 03/02/2003 6:41:24 PM PST by First_Salute
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To: dware
Bump.
38 posted on 03/02/2003 6:41:34 PM PST by First_Salute
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To: dware
"Perhaps this could be included with the next USO Canteen Freeper Style?"

I'll be sure and add a link in Monday's thread!
39 posted on 03/02/2003 7:33:31 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
I'll be sure and add a link in Monday's thread

Thank you, Sir!

40 posted on 03/02/2003 7:37:47 PM PST by dware (Help expose the anti-war organizations: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/844750/posts)
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To: glock rocks; EdReform; All
BUMP & PING!
41 posted on 03/02/2003 7:44:01 PM PST by dware (Help expose the anti-war organizations: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/844750/posts)
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To: dware; MistyCA; AntiJen; Victoria Delsoul; SassyMom; bentfeather; GatorGirl; radu; souris; ...
Bumpo and Ping
42 posted on 03/02/2003 7:48:11 PM PST by SAMWolf (We do not bargain with terrorists, we stalk them, corner them , take aim and kill them)
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To: dware
bump
43 posted on 03/02/2003 7:52:22 PM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: dware; waRNmother.armyboots; USMC_tangocharlie; Pern; Don Diego; Warrior Nurse; JAWs; ...
"Support Our Troops" ping for Foxhole gang. Great work dware!!
44 posted on 03/02/2003 8:06:55 PM PST by Jen (The FReeper Foxhole - Can you dig it?)
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To: AntiJen
bump
45 posted on 03/02/2003 8:15:26 PM PST by dalebert
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To: dware
A worthwhile project!
46 posted on 03/02/2003 8:16:29 PM PST by Bob J (Join the FR Network! Educate, Motivate, Activate!)
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To: SAMWolf
Thanks for the ping, Sam. This situation will be addressed ASAP.
47 posted on 03/02/2003 8:22:07 PM PST by Alberta's Child
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To: dware; #3Fan; A CA Guy; Amelia; anniegetyourgun; AppyPappy; ArneFufkin; Arthur McGowan; backhoe; ...
Great idea .. you'll be getting an email from me soon

PING A LING FOLKS

48 posted on 03/02/2003 8:24:04 PM PST by Mo1 (DC CHAPTER AND FREEPERS ROCK! ! ... GOD BLESS AMERICA)
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To: dware
You should be getting my email soon.
I'll be glad to help and so will my 3rd grade students!
49 posted on 03/02/2003 8:27:52 PM PST by LibertyThug
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Big Free Republic bump!
50 posted on 03/02/2003 8:28:03 PM PST by Howlin (q)
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