We receive letters and emails from the troops all the time, thanking everyone who has donated their time, money and care package items. We are posting just a sampling of these letters here for you to read and be inspired by.
March 13, 2013
Thank you so much! I just want to keep thanking you. Here is a photo of part of my S3 shop. I’m the 2nd guy from the left (with glasses).
SFC Matthew SH, Battalion S3 Land & Ammo NCO
February 24, 2013
Greetings from Qatar. I just wanted to send a “Thank You” your way for thinking of us and taking the time to sew and put together goodie bags for us. My favorite item in the bag was the single star from the American flag along with the saying. I took it out of the little plastic bag and laminated it and I carry it with me every day in my uniform.
It’s nice to know folks back in the states appreciate what we are doing. Thank you once again. May God bless you and yours as well.
YNC DEBRA D
COMBINED AIR & SPACE OPERATIONS CENTER (CAOC) NAVAL AMPHIBIOUS LIAISON ELEMENT (NALE)
January 17, 2013
I would like to say thank you so much for the coffee and cookies that you sent our way. You guys went above and beyond what I expected and my unit thanks you. We also got a kick out of the letters from the kids at Mountain Vista High School in Colorado. There were some good laughs at the jokes they had put in their letters. Once again, thank you and God bless.
SGT Justin M
January 15, 2013
Thank you so much for [your care package with] the caps. My guys and I are very grateful for your effort to support us while we are deployed. Your caps have flown around Afghanistan multiple times so they have been broken in and have been put to good use. We want you to know your care for us has been well appreciated. We wish we could thank you in person but for most of us we will be home shortly. Thanks for keeping us warm. God bless you and your family!! Thanks,
SGT JESSE D, US SPECIAL OPERATIONS.
January 11, 2013
My name is SGT Andrea D and I’ve had the pleasure of receiving a care package from your organization. I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. It means a lot and it is very much appreciated.
January 8, 2013
Thank you for your tremendous support you have given to my Company. We will be leaving soon, but you really made our holidays very special and your generosity went a very long way here. Everyone was always very excited to see your boxes come in. We tried to go all out for Christmas to keep everyone cheerful through the holiday. Thank you again for all of the support you have given us.
1SG Paul J R, Attack Company 1-28 IN
January 1, 2013
Hello, I would like to extend a warm thank you for all that you all have done for my Soldiers located here in Afghanistan. I am the First Sergeant for Headquarters Company. I am just arriving to our final location and this is where we operate from. I noticed the stockings that were sent and passed out to our Soldiers. I want you to know the looks on their faces were priceless. Knowing they would be away from family during the holiday this let them know that they are not forgotten, Thanks for all that you all do
SFC M M Jr. Task Force Buffalo
December 31, 2012
Volunteers of Operation Shoebox, Thank you for thinking of those of us stationed in Afghanistan during the holidays. We appreciate your kindness in sending us stockings full of goodies for Christmas. I wish all of you a Happy New Year!
Sincerely, Pamela B, CAPT, JAGC, USN 201st Corps Legal Mentor
December 30, 2012
How are you today? I just wanted to thank so much for the box that we received during the holidays! I am currently deployed to the Persian Gulf aboard the USS John C Stennis CVN74. We have been gone since 30 August of 2012. The contents of the care package were enjoyed by many. We recently just completed a port visit in the United Arab Emirates in the city of Dubai. It was a great relief for the crew, we were able to Skype with our families during Christmas, make phone calls and enjoy the sights that Dubai has to offer. I hope that your holidays were kind and good to you. Your care package made it better for us!
V/R LS1 (AW/SW) S, SETH
VAQ 133 MATCON LPO
December 29, 2012
Operation Shoe box volunteers, I just want to say thank you for the stocking and what you do to support the men and women deployed away from family and friends. It’s truly a delight to get surprise packages in the mail. You all help to make the holidays away from family and friends a little more bearable. Thank you again for thinking of us and supporting the troops.
Bryan /r MSgt G
December 28, 2012
Dear Operation Shoebox,
I wish to say thank you for everything that you do for the soldiers. Our unit was signed up for your program, and the stockings were wonderful. Your generosity is unmatched, and it made a difference for our soldiers having to be in Afghanistan for the holidays.
SFC Kathy D
INTERIM DET NCOIC
December 27, 2012
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM 2-1 CAV AND THE S-6 PLATOON ……On behalf of myself and my Platoon we Thank you guys so much for the hard work you place in your support of all my brother and sister in the all the service branches serving in Afghanistan and away from our family during this joyous time; we are proud to “HOLD THE LINE”, and receive the wonderful support that come from all the GREAT VOLUNTEERS OF OPERATION SHOEBOX. Again on behalf of myself and my platoon; GOD BLESS ALL THE WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS OF OPERATION SHOEBOX. SFC LEE, G. and the S-6 Platoon.
December 26, 2012
Dear Operation Shoebox Volunteers,
I wanted to take the opportunity to say thanks on behalf of Soldiers and civilians alike for the numerous Christmas stockings you sent our way. I have simply been blown away by your generosity as the stockings keep trickling in one box at a time. And even though we still may receive some after Christmas because the mail has been a little slow as of late, we will continue to pass them out to those who are in need of the items you sent our way in those stockings.
In the pictures that I attached to this email, you will see both Soldiers and civilians receiving these stockings. Because you sent us so many, we were able to reach out to the civilians who work so hard to keep our FOB functioning in a proper manner. One group of civilians are those who wash, dry and fold all of our laundry on a daily basis. The other group of civilians are those who keep us fed on a daily basis.
My Chaplain Assistant and I were both blown away by the response of both Soldiers and civilians alike who received these stockings. So, on behalf of all the Soldiers and civilians who have received a stocking thus far and those who will receive one in the future, thank you so much. You all are a blessing. May God bless.
For God & Country,
CH (CPT) Daniel G
“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.” – Abraham Lincoln
December 26, 2012
Dear Friends from Operation Shoe Box (OSB) -
Thank you for the care packages. Being away from family and friends during the holiday season can be a stressful time for the troops. Your kind gesture is much appreciated by the members of our unit. It is good to know that folks back home realize we are out here. Once again, thank you for your words of support and encouragement. We hope that you and your families enjoy the holiday season.
Sincerely, Eduardo “Def” D, Lt Col, USAF Commander, 46 ERS
December 25, 2012
I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you all for the care packages. All of our soldiers with Combined Task Force Raider sincerely appreciate your efforts. Keep up the good work, God Bless you and your families and have a Happy Holiday season.
CW2 David H
December 22, 2012
Stephen A, CPT, FA, XO/S-3
We wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very Blessed New Year from Camp Blackhorse, Afghanistan. Thank you ALL for the wonderful Christmas stockings. They were shared with as many Coalition Forces as possible as well as the Texas Army National Guard.
From our Team to yours ~ God Bless you and God bless America.
Mary D, Project Manager, Forward Camp Blackhorse, Kabul, Afghanistan
December 14, 2012