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.
Aug 8, 2012

Christmas in July for our troops, 2012

Christmas in July project report, Aug 2012.

Again, thank you for all your support for our troops. As we go forward with our mission of supporting our troops in harm's way,  on the home front, we continue to engage the community and also local students from our schools. I have posted a couple of pictures and letters that we received from these young students that are being sent to the soldiers in Afghanistan.

Our Christmas in July shipment was a big success. We were able to ship another 52 care packages to our soldiers in Camp Dwyer and also the Nato Multi-National hospital, both in Afghanistan. In addition we sent care packages to several other smaller groups of soldiers. As of today we have shipped a total of 5733 care packages.

We had many wrapped gifts and games in our Christmas in July care packages this year, including portable DVD players and movies for our wounded warriors at both the Combat Support Hospital at Camp Dwyer and the Nato Multinational hospital. We tried to think out of the box and besides the healthy snacks, treats, body wipes and hygiene items, we included some water pistols and water balloons too so the soldiers could have a little fun.

In an email from SGT Christopher Enget, he writes:

"I am writing this email to you in pure joy for the care packages that your organization sent to me and the members of my unit." " By the way, the squirt guns and the water balloons are great! We will definitely be plotting against each other for a very long time to find new and different ways to get somebody wet!" "The Soldiers of the 484th Military Police company are extremely thankful for all that you have done for us and do for all the Soldiers in Afghanistan. Keep up the awesome work!"

Sincerely,

Christopher Enget

Sgt, US Army

Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan.

 

Another Soldier writes:

Thank you so much for your packages! It means a lot to my co-workers and I that you thought of us, we're all very grateful.  (Sarah Braun)

And from Task Force 10th Medical Support Team at Camp Dwyer:

"Since Task Force Medical Southwest soldiers have arrived into theater-Afghanistan you have showered us with your love and friendship through your gifts, prayers, support and thoughtfulness. Oh behalf of every Soldier and Family member from this unit, "THANK YOU!"

Sincerely,

Anthony D. Allen

Hospital Chaplain

 

This is where all your support goes, so thank you from The Brookings-Harbor Redshirts.

May 23, 2012

Support remains strong for our troops

The Brookings-Harbor Redshirts continue to support our troops through the "Christmas in July" project. To date we have sent 5,664 care packages to our men and women in uniform serving in Afghanistan and also those who served their country in Iraq. We are approaching our seventh year of supporting our troops and are again planning another special shipment for July.

We have found that during these especially hot and difficult summer months our care packages can make it feel like Christmas. So during the month of July we send special care packages that games, toys, socks, under ware, gloves (because things are so hot to handle), phone cards and requested hygiene and food items such as baby wipes, toothpaste, soap, razors, beef jerky, can fruit, granola bars etc. Chocolate cannot be shipped during the summer months, so we send hard candy that won't melt.

We have recently received a couple of letters from soldiers and also welcomed home a local soldier returning for a short leave from Afghanistan. Here are the letters:

Dear Redshirts,

I can't thank you all enough for all your care packages, letters and little things that you guys send from home. A little bit of everything helps when you're away from home and away from your family. Being over here is definitely a life changing experience. It's not a simple task to complete without a little heartache and missing your family constantly. On behalf of myself and the 1st Platoon Outlaws, I greatly appreciate everything you all have done for us; it's a good feeling knowing some people out there still care about the people who defend everyone's freedom on a day to day basis.

Sincerely,

SPC Michael Ruegsegger

Also this letter from the Nato Multi-National Hospital:

Kind folks of the Redshirts,

Let me say how much we all appreciate you taking the time to send these wonderful tastes of heaven and home to us. We had just come off an operation that had us in the middle of nowhere for about 30 days. Coming back to these wonderful boxes was awesome.

I wanted to make sure you knew how much we appreciate all your support and recognize that it’s because of people like you and your group we can keep on with the mission knowing we have wonderful people like you backing us up.

Take care,  pleasure talking with you.

Todd Gibson

LT MSC USN

Battalion Surgeon

1st Battalion 8th Marines

So thank you all our partners in Global Giving, you are making a big difference in the lives and morale of many of our soldiers serving in harm's way.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Feb 29, 2012

Christmas 2011 update for "Christmas in July"

For Christmas this year the Redshirts were able to send 132 care packages to our troops serving in Afghanistan. Our main focus were the Combat Support Hospital in Camp Dwyer, and the Nato Multi-National Hospital, both in Afghanistan. In addition we sent care packages to other soldiers supporting those organizations. We have been able to send 5,570 care packages to our troops to date.

Here is a letter we received from Chaplain Anthony Allen about our Christmas shipment to Camp Dwyer:

TASK FORCE 10TH MED-SW

Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan

Wednesday February 8, 2012

Brookings-Harbor Redshirts

Brookings, Oregon

 

Dear Brookings-Harbor Redshirts,

It is my prayer that this letter finds you in good health and prosperous On behalf of Task Force MED-SW, I would like to wish you and your organization a Happy New Year!  Because of your kindness and generosity we indeed enjoyed a wonderful holiday season.

Thank you for your donation of snacks, stockings and gifts to Task Force MED_SW.

The tokens of love were more thoughtful than we ever imagined, and really added a touch of home during our separation from our families and friends.  I personally heard several Soldiers commenting on the difference that they made.

Please know that your liberality will help the Soldiers continue to make a difference in the lives of the Afghan people and the global community. Let there be peach on earth!!

Sincerely,

Anthony D. Allen

Hospital Chaplain

Here is another recent letter from Sergeant Major Tiomthy Wayne:

Brookings-Harbor Redshirts Team,

I am Sergeant Major Timothy Wayne from the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Paktya stations at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Gardez in Afghanistan.

We have received numerous packages from you all and it is great for the Soldiers and Airman as it always lifts their morale when we receive great packages from people back home.

It is a honor to have received a flag that has been flown back home from some great people that have taken the time out of there busy schedule to assist and take care of the men and woman of our Armed Forces in today’s fight on terrorism.

We have displayed the flag in our PRT Classroom so everyone can see and remember that we have some great people back in the United States that care about us on a daily basis.

All of us here at Team Paktya would like to say thank you and hope you all have a great Holiday Season, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hope you r 2012 is as good as your 2011 or even better.

 

SGM Timothy M. Wayne

PRT Paktya Sergeant Major

FOB Gardez, Afghanistan

So our sincere thanks goes out to you, all our GlobalGiving partners, for you make this support possible and we thank you for all of our troops serving in harm's way. Our goal is still the same as the day we started, to support our troops serving in harm's way "Until they all come home."

With gratitude,

Frank Muller, Project Leader

Brookings-Harbor Redshirts


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