This is a personal Thank You to those of you who chose to help fund the project, "Christmas in July." We projected a budget of $2.200 to purchase and mail a minimum of 50 care packages to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Your generosity has given our project $3,755 which we consider a blessing. We actually have spent $3,210 sending care packages to our troops in the "Christmas in July" program and we will designate the remaing donations to help us to continue funding this ongoing project, while continuing to accept further donations for 2011. Our wish is to continue to be pro-active in supporting our troops while wishing them a speedy return home again. Here is a thank you email from one of the beneficiaries of "Christmas in July."
Brookings-Harbor Red Shirts,
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.
I can assure you that the young Marines who have enjoyed your packages would make you proud if you could see them in action. The Marines, whom you have helped to improve their life out here, are part of the southernmost unit in Afghanistan. They are, without a doubt, the brightest, best trained, and most dedicated warriors in the history of the world. They truly should make Americans proud, regardless of their political views, and reflect on what you stand for back home. Specifically, you’ve chosen to help out a group of very unique Marines. These young men have been hand-selected to live with, train, and operate the fledgling Afghanistan National Police. As a training team for the Afghan Police they live an even more Spartan life. During the course of their deployment here they have been responsible for saving dozens of lives of local Afghans, making the market-place in their area secure.
Matthew Draheim, Marine stationed in Afghanistan
Your generosity been a morale boost not only to these Marines, but to all of the soldiers and wounded warriors this project has benefited. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, you have made a huge difference in the lives of many troops.