Last week I got a notice to suspend all packages to Iraq. A ban I received 2 weeks ago was lifted, and this new one was just put in place.
I just sent a box filled with 150 K-cups to Chaplain Verdin in Afghanistan. Last month, LT Mounts in Kuwait was sent a box filled with cup-of-noodles and ramen noodles. These boxes filled requests made from the troops. CPT Verdura and her unit are in Niger. Supporting schools is their area of responsibility. She asked for Beanie Babies. I went online, but they are priced at “collectable” rates. Instead, I found “look-a-likes” at Dollar Store and GoodWill. Forty-five animals were sent to CAPT Verdura. A box filled with toothpaste and toothbrushes that were requested by Chaplain Calvert in Afghanistan, was also send out in January. My book club of teacher friends donated over 65 items.
Chaplain Schneider in Afghanistan, is being rotated out of the area. He sent our boxes to 8 different units, some to the most distant regions. I will get a new contact later this month.
One note I wish to share from LT Mounts:
Thank you so much! I have been extremely busy and haven’t been able to answer the AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING amount of support y’all have shown us. I want everyone to know that our guys are safe and staying strong. We are spread out all over now and worked to get everyone their gifts and treats. I owe everyone a million thank yous!
I hope you realize how much this program means to service personnel so far from home. You are Veterans, so I’m sure you have a better understanding than I do.
But every request pulls on my heart strings. Thank you so much.
Dorothy Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org