Brookings Harbor Redshirt

The Brookings-Harbor Redshirts mission is to support our troops serving in harm's way until they all come home. We are a group of citizens who volunteer our time to get the message out to our communities, near and far, to our schools and civic groups who are interested and want to help us in our mission. We have no paid members or officers, ours is a labor of love.
Dec 9, 2013

Shut-down of The Brookings-Harbor Redshirts

   The Brookings-Harbor Redshirts are regretfully announcing the closing of the Brookings-Harbor Redshirts at the end of this year. We have been sending packages to the troops in harm's way for 7-1/2 years. This has transpired for several reasons.

It is a very demanding club because we have to do many steps before we can send a package. We do this every month and large shipments in July, for Christmas in July, and also regular Christmas.

It takes constent fundraisers.

It is contributed to the average age of our members, which is 68 plus. We have lost several members because of sickness and passing away.

It is very hard to get the younger people involved.

The few of us that are left are tired and worn out.

We feel we have done an excellent job in the past 7-1/2 years providing the troops with love and moral support from the people of their country. The response that we have gotten from them is unbelieveable. We have many binders full of letters and pictures and returned flags they have flown over missions and returned to us.

The Redshirts would like to thank each and everyone of you that has contributed to our organization. Please try and find another way to support our troops. In our eyes it is very important that they know that our country stands behind them.

We will miss doing this heartfelt job but we say good-bye with a  good feeling for what we have accomplished and hope that others will take over where we are leaving off.

Oct 15, 2013

Sharing Another Christmas Shipment With Our Troop

Christmas packages at the post office
Christmas packages at the post office

The Brookings-Harbor Redshirts are so proud to be able to send packages to our troops. The thing that we have learned over the years from our troops thru letters and pictures is that our troops are  not only brave but they have great hearts. They love being in the military, they love their country, they love what they are doing. They work with people that don't want them there,, and they comfort the local children and people. It truly takes a special person to do what they do. There sacrifices are many so  let's keep them in our prayers' and honor them every day of our lives as they are the ones protecting us from harm.

November is when we do our regular Christmas for our troops. We will be sending 100 to 150 packages again this year. It is winter there so we will sending comfort food, warm hats and gloves, socks and pocket warmers. Our organization also likes to send the goodies of Christmas, decorations, candies, cookies, and fudge. We will also send fun gifts and practical gifts. They like to receive Christmas cards so they can send them to their families and friends. This is something we send all year round by sending all occasion cards. 

We put a lot of thought and work into our shipments and we love doing it.  Our group will make over 100 handmade ornament again this year for our troops. We have been doing this for the last 6 years. Every year they are something different. We wrap all of our gifts before sending them for our regular and our Christmas in July.

We are very grateful to all of our supporters and honor all of you for your dedication to our troops. Thank you for keeping our dreams going to continue to send packages, "Until They All Come Home".   

Here are a couple of recent letters from our troops!

Dear Brookings-Harbor Redshirts

My name is Hector Alvardo and I recieved a care package from you the other daywas a little late cuz I just got back from R&R. But, I really appreciate it. Its always great to recieve mail fro, back home. Helps with moral and lets us know that people care about us back in the states. But I passed out the goodies with fellow guys they enjoyed them very much and the hygiene stuff you sent was a hit also. But, I also enjoyed the picture you sent love the senerity "sorry terrible speller". I have it put up on my wall. It was nice writing you I wil stay in contact.  

Thank you again,

from Hector Alvarado

To each and every Member of the Redshirt Society,

It is very nice difficult to write what is in my heart when your eyes are filled with tears and there is a lump in your throat when you realize that a group of almost perfect strangers have done something quite awesome for me bringing unbeiveable happiness and joy by taking of their time to put together a box filled things sent from home andsent with love by men, women and children that I don't know. Jessica and Tina and the entire family of Jessica want to say thank you from the very bottom of our hearts for sending her and many others your love and support May god bless you and keep you in the hollow of his hand today and forever.

Christmas shipping
Christmas shipping
Jul 12, 2013

Lifting our Troops Moral in July

First time Nathan holds son
First time Nathan holds son

The Brookings-Harbor Redshirts would like to dedicate this Christmas in July to our past Project Leader, Frank Muller. He passed away in April and will be truly missed by us all.  He was a large part of our organizatin and started our partnership with Global Giving.

This is our 8th year of sending care care packages to our troops in harm's way for Christmas in July. Our main concern is to help raise their morale and show them that we care about them by boosting their spirits with wrapped Christmas presents. We are located in Brookings-Harbor Oregon. The first town on the coast in Southern Oregon.

We are sending to two different Marine Units this year in Afghanistan, 48 Marines with Fox Company and 4 Marines at a forward operations area living in a tent with cots.

What we do know from letters and emails is that they really enjoy the large squirt guns, water balloons, battery operated water bottles with fans. The heat is upwards of 120 degrees. The Redshirts send special request items when possible. In this shipment we will be sending microfiber towels, flip flops, socks, flash lights, multi purpose tools, games balls (soccer, footballs, wiffle and tennis), frisbees, canned fruit, beef jerky, Clif Bars and hygiene items. just to name a few. We have a partnership with Clif Bars. They send us Clif Bars and we just pay for the postage. A really great thing they are doing for our troops. Clif Bars are a favorite item of our military.

The Brookings-Harbor Redshirts want to thank our troops for the sacrifice they make for our country and making a difference in the life of the Afghanistan people and the Global Community.

GlobalGiving has enabled us to send more package and for that we are very grateful. Our sincerest gratitude goes out to our GlobalGiving Partners for all their donations that help us to continue sending packages to our troops, "Until They All Come Home".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah on River
Sarah on River
Kim collects cans for troops, donates avg $160 mo
Kim collects cans for troops, donates avg $160 mo

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