First, a big thank you to all of our supporters from the Brookings-Harbor Redshirts and from the troops. We continue to send care packages twice a month to our troops, but on July 22nd we had a larger mailing we estimated to be around 60 care packages but the final total was 73. There are always last minute additons and adjustments that need to be made.
We sent the majority of our care packages to the 115th Combat Support Hospital at Forward Observation Base Dwyer in Hemland Province Afghanistan and also to the Nato Multi-National Hospital in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. We also included other individual soldiers in units in the field. Here are some of the responses we have received back; the first from Debra Young:
First I want to thank you so much for helping to keep our morale up while we are deployed to Camp Dwyer. All the soldiers really appreciate getting care packages from home. I am one of the Emergency Department RNs here. I am also running the Morale Tent here for our soldiers. I work with a group of soldiers that help distribute the boxes and place needed supplies in the Morale Tent for all to use. We have over 200 soldiers in the CSH. We also have Marines and Navy personnel that work along with us at the hospital Thank you so much for all you do on the home front. It really means so much to us here.
Also we received this reply from HMC Lukas Gardner:
Frank & the Redshirts,
It is good to hear from you. We did receive the Redshirt's care packages, thank you so much. We distributed them to a various number of units and wounded warriors. I will be leaving very shortly and will be passing this on to HMC Monica Florence, her email is attached. Thank you again for all the support you have shown us, it truly means a lot and keeps morale and spirits up.
HMC(AW) Lukas Gardner
Role 3 MMU
From SPC Nicollette Kennemer
I just would like to say a quick thank you for your organizations support, and the care packages. They were greatly appreciated by myself and my fellow soldiers. I attached a picture to the email so you can see all the faces you supported. We are almost done with our tour, and should be out of Iraq by Sept 1st.
Thank you Brookings-Harbor Redshirts for all you do.
Spc Nicollette Kennemer
And finally an email from Captain Casey Brock, USMC:
I took the contents of the packages and split them up amongst a bunch of the Marines. "Some people spend their whole lives wondering if they have made a difference. The Marines do not have that problem”. I believe that statement to be true and I believe this same statement applies to the members of your organization. You have made a difference in our lives and for that I truly grateful.
Casey M. Brock Captain, USMC
These letters are to thank all of you, our supporters. This is the how our soldiers feel about your help on Global Giving. As we move forward, The Brookings-Harbor Redshirts are preparing again for a large Christmas shipment of care packages to both of these hospitals in Hemland Province and also in Kandahar. The troops keep rotating through these two bases so they are in constant need of our moral support and greatly appreciate any goodies they receive from home.
Our goal this Christmas is to send a lot of portable DVD players, movies, healthy snacks, letters from home, military phone cards and hygiene items to both hospital units as well as to continue sending items to individual soldiers and units. As of September 16th, the Brookings-Harbor Redshirts will have sent 5,322 care packages to the troops with a shipping cost of over fifty-eight thousand dollars. Thank you for your generous donations that help make this possible as the Redshirts will be here supporting our troops "Until they all come home."