Thank you for your support of the "Christmas in July" project. We are nearing another of our yearly goals, our special annual summer shipment called "Christmas in July." This year we will have our special mailing on July 8, 2011 and are expecting to ship about 60 care packages to two hospitals in Afghanistan and more to soldiers deployed in Iraq.
The first hospital receiving these care packages is the Nato Multi-National Role 3 Hospital in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The other is the 115th Combat Support Hospital at Camp Dwyer, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
We chose these hospitals not only because they are located in "hot spots," but also because our contacts there said they would distribute the care packages to the wounded soldiers at both facilities, and then to the rest of the groups to share. In addition to healthy snacks, dried fruits, trail mixes, nuts, coffee, etc. we'll also be including military phone cards for the soldiers to use and also letters from our local students, letters from home and pictures of the beautiful southern Oregon coast.
We'll be updating you as we receive feedback from our troops. Thank you for your continued support, since we send care packages all year long, and as of July 8th, we will have sent 6,109 care packages to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pictured below is SPC Amy Feltzin and her unit with local Afghans; Amy and her unit were recent recipients of care packages from the Brookings-Harbor Redshirts.
As a final thought here is a letter from June 9th from SGT Tristan Ryan:
First, thank you so much for the two boxes that you sent of treats and hygiene supplies. Not only will I and the rest of my unit use it, but we will also be sharing with the locals that work with us. It was great to receive mail as a surprise and to find all the goodies in it was even more of a shock!
My mom has made sure that I know about the Red Shirts and everything that you guys do, but I am not sure you guys understand how appreciated it is. I have been told many time "Thank you for your service", but for a while I really had no idea how to respond. My statement now is thank you for your support. I could not imagine going home after spending time in Iraq or Afghanistan to people that hate us. When someone tells me thank you, it helps remind me why I love serving my country.
So I want to say thank you for your constant support of all of the service members in deployed areas, and that you are true heroes.
SGT Tristan Ryan
SOCOM Attached to 1310 AOB, 1st SFG