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  1. shaggist

    shaggist Member

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    I want to introduce the members here to a cause that I have adopted as my 'goto' charity.

    There is a website called AnySoldier.com

    It is basically a point of contact between our troops serving overseas and we here at home who want to try to make their lives a little nicer in the various 3rd world Hells in which they are serving. Unless you have served in the military overseas, you have no idea just how important a simple letter from home can be and the joy it brings to lift your spirits. Try to imagine the positive effects of a care package from a total stranger, bringing items you can only dream about at night.

    A unit representative will post an email, asking for our help in getting items for his/her unit that are virtually unobtainable where they are. The email contains the number of members in the group that is being represented, their genders, where the unit is based here in CONUS, what country they are in now, the number of times their address has been requested, and a link to that address.

    Many items are listed when you view a number of emails, giving you an idea of what you can send them to help them get through these assignments. Such things as: body wipes, Kotex, tampons, hard candy, beef jerky, drink powders, protein powder, trail mix, salted nuts, hot sauce, socks, T-shirts, flip-flops, shampoo, disposable razors, shaving cream, soap, ballpoint pens, stationary, games, playing cards, magazines, and reading material (no porn), and the list goes on and on. Try to imagine what you would like to have if you were in a country with no living green vegetation, high temperatures, wind, sand, and hostiles just over the next ridge or around the next corner, and no store of any sort to go get something to eat or read.

    The USPS Post Office has a special, flat-rate box just for this purpose, which is free, and is marked APO/FPO. No matter how much you put in it, the cost is $13.45 to ship and you can get alot in one if you pack it right. Put your name, address, and email address inside, and seal it up very well. Then, wrap filament packing tape around the 3 circumferences, so that it will survive a long and treacherous journey. Fill out the custom forms (available at the PO) and send it off. You will feel very good about yourself for many days to come.

    I buy most of my items at a Dollar Store, as that is the only way I can afford to send a package every month. It costs, on average, about $50 + shipping, but the fact that a total stranger took the time, expense, and trouble to send these young men and women a care package from home lets them know they are not forgotten and are appreciated for what they are having to do. Most of these units are in Afghanistan or Iraq and, if you haven't been there, or to any area similar, you can't even imagine how brutal the days and nights can be. And I'm just talking about the weather!

    So, open your hearts and skip one meal a month out at a restaurant, and send these boys and girls a little something from home. I thank you now and they'll thank you forever.

    Jack Young
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    This is great! My wife and I will be on board soon. Jack
  5. Claymuncher

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    Been sending them boxes for a lot of years, always the same thing, foot care products. I buy quantities of foot powder, socks, and insoles then divide them up and send enough for six soldiers to each representative, IMO nothing more important than your feet in bad situations. Great easy way to help out and you know exactly where your donations are going, you get back a lot of responses from them. They are "very" appreciative.

    Never forget

    CM
  6. Catpower

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    Been doing it from the beginning, when our son wasn't over there, he's been there 5 years total, and is getting shipped back there in November

    When he was there we always sent enough for him to share with his buddies

    One of them was 5 of the boxes filled with Jack Link's jerky, he said he hardly got a taste, but he was glad to share with his buddies
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    blade819 supporting our Soldiers and Vets.
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    I'm in also. Great cause.

    Mike C.
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    Just make sure this isnt a scam

    I havent heard of this one but if you call the VFW or American Legion you should be able to validate

    Several of these organizations get nothing or close to nothing to the Service members- they keep the money and goods for themselves

    So look into this carefully

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
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    Gene go to the website, you send it directly to the GI, or you can address the box to any soldier and its kind of a random drawing fo who gets it

    Every one we have sent we always got a bunch of thank you letters from the GI's
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    Well that is cool- hope it was actually from a GI that thank you note

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
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    I guess it was they gave us their names and ranks some even included their phone number, and e mail addy

    Guess they wanted to be adopted so we would send more LOL
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    No doubt it is a good organization not a scam, scams do not last that long and I have a lot of letters and emails from the soldiers some of which I have stayed in contact with.

    CM
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    Responses to my post have been excellent. I want to thank everyone that is participating in the support of our men and women overseas. If you read the entire website, you'll be convinced that it is legitimate, unlike other sites that ask you for money to support their efforts. Here, you purchase what you want to send, send it directly to the unit represetative through the USPS, and most likely receive your thank yous from the military personnel involved. Please keep up the good work, as these young men and women deserve the best that can be provided to them.
    Jack Young
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    I participate in a "adopt a platoon" program at work. My employer (BAE Systems) pays for all the shipping costs for everything we can collect to send to our adopted platoons from the 10th Mountain Division, out of Fort Drum, Watertown, NY. I have been to Fort Drum a couple times to spend a day with the troops, actually meet the brave young men that we support. I can tell you they do indeed appreciate something, anything from home. A care package with just a couple neat "goodies" that arent available in their part of the jungle or desert or mountains makes a big difference in their ability to get on with their mission, and make it through their grueling duties. Please support this and any other program like it. Our servicemen and women REALLY appreciate it.
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