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 15, 2010

Christmas in July an ongoing sucess

As the year 2010 comes to a close we want to let all our supporters know that "Christmas in July" is an ongoing success story for the Brookings-Harbor Reds Shirts supporting our troops. It can't be Christmas all year round, but this special project sure makes the soldiers feel like it's Christmas each summer.

A letter from one of our Christmas in July recipients reads as follows:

Brookings Harbor Redshirts, 

 Got your huge care package full of goodies & necessities.

 Enjoyed the letter and photos as well.

 Wanted to send you a BIG thank you.  We now have a Chapel/Community Center where the Soldiers can stop by and relax and pick up stuff people send over.

– we can actually use the freezer pops.  We have small frig/freezers that we put them in.

  Also, for my new friends, attached is my monthly newsletter that I send out.  I’ll include you in future ones as well.

 Blessings,

 Steve v/r

 STEVE SHERIDAN MAJ, MS

S4, Task Force 31

OEF - Afghanistan

The Red Shirts have had  "Christmas in July" as an ongoing program for over 4 years now and we will continue to do whatever we can to raise the morale of our troops throughout the year. Thanks to all of you for caring.

With gratitude,

Frank Muller

Brookings-Harbor Red Shirts

Dec 7, 2010

Christmas is arriving in Afghanistan

A Red, White and Blue Christmas for our Troops is underway and we have received an email thanking everyone for the Christmas cheer and support. In addition to the many wrapped gifts, the Brookings-Harbor Red Shirts also went beach combing and found about 250 nice little pieces of driftwood. We took these little creations of Mother Nature and turned all of them into Christmas ornaments with colorful beads and ribbons in a red, white and blue design.

Thanks to everyone's help on Global Giving and at our packing sessions, we have sent out another 208 care packages all designed to arrive at the hospitals in Afghanistan and to smaller groups of soldiers in plenty of time for Christmas. We've included Christmas trees this year as well as a variety of ornaments and plenty of goodies to go around.

Here is a response from one soldier:

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Caveats: FOUO 

Dear Red Shirts,

 I don't know what else to say other than WOW!!! Thank you so much.  I received over 40 packages today.  Well 13 yesterday and the rest today.

I am so amazed and very touched at how wonderfully supportive and caring you all are.  I just don't know what else to say other than Thank you so much!!!  It really does choke me up to know that you are here for us during the time of year that we are all away from our families. Today is especially lonely because its Thanksgiving,  but I am very thankful knowing that I will get to be with my family next year.  We all can certainly be thankful today because there are people like you who do care and show your support for what we are doing over here. 

 Thank you so very much for all that you do for us. Happy Thanksgiving.

Sincerely, 

Don Broughton

Role 3 hospital

Kandahar, Afghanistan

Don works at the hospital with our wounded warriors and will make sure they all will share in your Christmas Joy.

With gratitude,

Frank Muller,

Brookings-Harbor Red Shirts 

Sep 27, 2010

Update on Christmas in July Project

Here is a current update from the Brookings-Harbor Redshirts on our Christmas in July program. We were able to go beyond our target and send over 60 care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of the soldiers sent back a reply:

“Thank you so much for your support with each package, your thoughts and prayers. They are appreciated beyond anything we can express in this letter. It’s comforting to know that Americans like you still care enough to take time out of your busy schedule to let us know how much you care.” (From Matthew Draheim)

We have been able to bring a lot of joy to our troops during this hot summer, thanks to your generosity. Even though we have not met our financial goal so far, we were able to still send more care packages than originally planned.

As far as the Christmas in July Project goes, we consider it a huge success and since we do this annually, we will keep this as an ongoing project and try to get it fully funded. We want to extend our appreciation to all of you who have donated to make this a success and to Global Giving for giving us the platform for this mission. Sincerely, Frank Muller, President Brookings-Harbor Redshirts