Dear Christine:

Thank you so much for the care packages.  I am a Chaplain here at AL Khafra and when I get your wonderful packages, I distribute the contents to the troops immediately.  I am sure to tell the gus Desert Angels sent the supplies :-).  We love you Desert Angels!!

We are doing a lot of damage to the bad guys right now and the troops are getting tired.  Your gifts put smiles on weary faces. Thank you, again for your support

Respectfully,  Chaplain Mike


Christine and the Desert Angels,

Thank you so much for the boxes of support and love sent to us here in Kuwait fighting against DA’ISH (ISIL,ISIS, IS).  I am overwhelmed with the show of support and the great efforts y’all go through to extend to us some good stuff from the US.

I regularly share boxes with the other Soldiers, Airmen and Marines (and even some of our Coalition partner nations) that I work with alongside of daily.  Especially as the holiday season is upon us, it is even more difficult for many of us who must endure another holiday away from our families, children and friends.  

May God bless you and may God bless the USA.

Ltc. Kevin


Desert Angels:

I hope to say thank you say thank you and you are an awesome group.  Some of your boxes were left here after a military person was redeployed back to the states.   I would like to say thanks for all you do, it is much appreciated!  The NATO partners see your support of the US Troops and are amazed and maybe even a little jealous!

Steve


Hello Desert Angels,

Thank you very much for your wonderful gifts and packages sent to the military members currently serving in the Middle East.  It truly warms our hearts to receive wonderful items in the mail.  Knowing that our friends, family and fellow Americans are still thinking of us and wanting to help in many different ways.  Thank you for all of your support.

Cpt.Sean (USMC)


Knights of Columbus Packing Party

Thank you from the bottom of our heart and the top of our lungs!  We are overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness, generosity and heart for our troops.

Every week your boxes arrive and every week our hearts are filled with  gratitude.  As one of our Chaplains here, I take a significant portion of your donations and spread them out to our service members in their squadron and unit locations.  Your name is used often and with joy.    Each time one of your boxes hits the top of a tool box or a shop table, people come crowding in from all around!  The folks scramble for something from the states.   One time, there was a can of spam.  That did not last but a second.   They guys also fought over coffee and barbeque sauce that came through here as those are hard items to get for them.

The remainder of the gifts stay here at the chapel and hundreds of people from all over the base come to pick up an item they need or snack as they

work on tests and college degrees in our study room upstairs.  You are a primary reason these Airmen and soldiers come through the door of our chapel. Thank you so much.   Anyway,  WE LOVE YOU!!!

I am attaching a picture of some of the folks who were on hand when some boxes arrived the man on the left is a medical equipment technician, the gentleman in the yellow shirt is a pilot who left for home the next day.  I am in the center and followed by two of the best Chaplain Assistants in the world.  The Airman on the right is an flight crew member.

P.S. One box had a little note, "K. of C." on it.  While I am confident that means Knights of Columbus, I could be wrong.  Nonetheless, I informed our Catholic Priest and he smiled with gratitude.

With Thanksgiving,

Chaplain 380 AEW/HC


Dear desert angel elves;

I just want to start out by saying thank you for the care packages. Seeing my fellow soldier's faces light up likes kids at Christmas at the sight of all the magazines, candy, and other thoughtful nicknacks just took us out of our everyday stressed out element even if just for a few minutes.  I can't thank you enough and I love what your foundation does/represents. If there's anything we can do on this end to return the favor please don't hesitate to ask.

SrA  Bagram, Afghanistan


Dear Desert Angels,

   Thank you so much for the care packages. My unit received 24 last weekend it was amazing how morale increased and there were smiles all around. It's nice to know that people back home are still thinking about us and praying for us. Our boxes had stuffed animals which we all now have something on our desks and the calling cards meant I was able to call home for the first time. You really don't understand the value of a care package until you are out there.

Thank you for your time, efforts and wonderful packages. They were great appreciated. Sincerely Colleen

PS Also the hand written notes were the extra special touch. I watched on kids note bring tears to a big 6'9" Navy guys eyes


Dear Desert Angel:

Thank you for the packages you sent.  I was in much need of the baby wipes inside.  The squad thanks you , also.   Brund


Dear Desert Angel:

On behalf of the entire 380 AEW family, words can not describe how absolutely grateful  we are for your support  and generosity!  Without you we could not continue to do what we do!  Everything you do helps us support our Troops here.  We are forever grateful.   Many thanks.

The 380 AEW Chapel Team


Thanks for the care package again! We received it, lined up all items and took our pick!! Thanks for putting these care packages together!! It means a lot to all of us, knowing you are thinking about us and are standing with us!! God bless!! J Rook


Desert Angels,

It is with great appreciation that we accept you generous gift on behalf of a great American, PFC Joseph Miracle. Know that your support is priceless and is much needed!

THANK YOU!! Seven Sands Chapel


Thank you so much Angel. I am a CWD K9 in Afghanistan. It is APPRECIATED!!!

Ron Cain


Dear Desert Angels, I just want to thank you for sending me a package! When times are tough out here its just the small things that can make our days and make a huge impact on our mission. Myself and many others defiantly appreciate everything ya'll can do from back in the states! Have a wonderful day and god bless!

TT


Dear Team Thank you for the care package!

It made it to camp Arifjan, Kuwait where it was enjoyed by several soldiers. It is through the generously of people like you and your organization like yours that we are able to do our job better!! Thanks again J R


Dear Desert Angels, I just want to thank you for sending me a package! When times are tough out here its just the small things that can make our days and make a huge impact on our mission. Myself and many others defiantly appreciate everything ya'll can do from back in the states! Have a wonderful day and god bless!

LCPL Thomas T .


Desert Angels:

We have about 300 Service Members here at our Headquarters and we always  share so that those who have no one at home to send them things can receive some love from those like you and your organization.

Thanks,

SFC Tracy


Mrs. Judy Miracle thank you very much for the boxes of supplies. The platoon and I really appreciate it.

I know Joe is looking out for me and I keep his picture in my helmet so anytime I put it on I know he is with me. Soldiers like Joe help get me through the tough times here and help inspire the Soldiers. We have (unofficially) renamed our camp in honor of the sacrifice and bravery of PFC Joe Miracle. Thank you for everything.

- Joe


Dear Desert Angels:

We would like to thank you for all of the care packages that you have sent us.  Everyone in the 1/6 Weapons Platoon is very thankful for your generosity.  It’s a lot more than just packages to us.  It is a good feeling knowing people care and put in all this work just for us.  Words can not describe how thankful we are.

⅙ Marines

Weapons Platoon


Dear Desert Angel Crew -

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you on behalf of Special Operations Task Force North East (SOTF-NE) , Bagram Airfield. We received a box packed by the ST. Lawrence 8th Grade Confirmation Class, December 8, 2013.

Thank you for taking the time and the heartfelt effort, it was appreciated by all.

 CW4 Scott

SOTF-NE Battalion Operations Warrant Officer.


Desert Angel:

I would like to thank you for all care packages that you and the other ladies have put together to send to us out here.  These have been tremendous morale boosters for everyone we work with and with whom I share generously.

I hope you will be enjoying this Memorial Day weekend, and please extend our best wishes to your fellow volunteers and families for the continued support.  On behalf of the officers and enlisted corps of the United States Army-Central.

Yours Respectfully,

Capt. Brandon


Dear Desert Angels,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to say "Thank You" for all that you do! It warms my heart to know there are still people out there who care about those out fighting for our country's freedom. This is my first deployment. The first care package I received was from Desert Angels. You all opened up the floodgates. The note in my box said it was packed in honor of PFC Joseph Miracle. I thank you for continuing to keep PFC Miracle's legacy alive - as I will, as we fight the same fight. I pray the God continues to give the hands involved with this organization the strength to keep going. God Bless. SrA F


Dearest Desert Angels,

Thank you for your hard work, dedication and generosity to me. May the Lord keep you all safe and blessed.  I am well stocked on snacks and hygiene. The pads (female kind) came at a perfect time. The stationery cards are great. I love to write little notes. Thank you. Spc S


Dear Desert Angel's,

Thank you for all you do in supporting us. We have received your Miracle box and every Soldier looks forward to the care and love in every box. We thank you for your love and prayer's in our times of hardship. God bless you and all the wonderful "Desert Angels" and God bless America.

Dereke D. Jr


Ms. Louise & all staff & participants of Desert Angel:

   Greetings from Kandahar, Afghanistan.  I saw one of your cards posted on an announcement board in our unit's work area.  My unit just arrived here a couple of weeks ago so I'm guessing that the packages sent by Desert Angel were received and enjoyed by the previous unit, 1-1 ARB from Fort Riley, Kansas.  But I wanted to take a few moments to contact you and thank you and everyone there at Desert Angels for taking time out of your schedules to support our efforts here.  After all the deployments I've done (5 since 2003) I'm still touched at the generosity and thoughtfulness of organizations and individuals like you.  Folks like yourselves deserve so much praise and thanks because you give of yourselves, with no thought or expectation of a return.  Well I'm sure that you've received plenty of thank you notes in the past from other Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines but here is one more, from a Soldier who recognizes and truly appreciates the time and effort you've all sacrificed for our benefit.  On behalf of my entire battalion of AH-64 Apache attack helicopter pilots, maintainers and support personnel, thank you!

Sincerely,

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Eric

1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (AH-64)

Kandahar, Afghanistan


Desert Angels,

 Desert Angels, On behalf of the 108th Sustainment Brigade we thank you for your donations to the troops! All packages serve as small pieces of home in which we treasure. Knowing that our communities back home are looking out for us means the world. Your contribution has improved the moral of the soldiers and therefore our mission here. You make us proud to be Americans and even prouder to be American Soldiers.

Our program provides various items free of charge to soldiers through your care packages. A Soldier can walk in our tent and grab whatever items they need. Soldiers also use our tents to relax and get peace of mind away from their day to day work operation. Think of us as a small USO right in the middle of the operations, but without the funding.

Your generosity you have expressed is cherished by all of us. Your kind hearts will be in our prayers. Your support for our military personnel is greatly appreciated.

We look forward to continuing to work with you!

Sincerely,  SGT Jonathan


Dear Desert Angels,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to say "Thank You" for all that you do! It warms my heart to know there are still people out there who care about those out fighting for our country's freedom. This is my first deployment. The first care package I received was from Desert Angels. You all opened up the floodgates. The note in my box said it was packed in honor of PFC Joseph Miracle. I thank you for continuing to keep PFC Miracle's legacy alive - as I will, as we fight the same fight. I pray the God continues to give the hands involved with this organization the strength to keep going. God Bless. SrA F


Dearest Desert Angels,

Thank you for your hard work, dedication and generosity to me. May the Lord keep you all safe and blessed.  I am well stocked on snacks and hygiene. The pads (female kind) came at a perfect time. The stationery cards are great. I love to write little notes. Thank you. Spc S


The Desert Angel Team,

Thank you very much for your thoughtful care package! It has benefited not only myself but my fellow team members and soldiers. We are always humbled and thankful of the support that we receive from fellow patriots like yourselves. Thanks to you, it makes our job and our discomfort from home just that much easier.

I am a resident of Harrison Township, MI and my team leader is from Grosse Ile, MI as well. We tend to think that Michigan is home to the greatest people on earth and you have added on to our argument. Thank you for the photo of PFC Miracle, the FOB that was named after himself and his comrade Honker is right down the river from us.


Desert Angel:

Thank you so much for your time and efforts to show me your support during this deployment. It is great to know that I am thought of beyond my family. Thank you so much.

SGT Maureen


Desert Angel:

First of all I want to thank you and all of your volunteers from The Desert Angels for over 12th years of miracle boxes to Support Our Troops. I attached a couple of pictures for you and everyone back home that support the troops. I’m proud to be a American and serve this great nation. I tell my men everyday not pray for war but be ready to defend freedom. Whether its American or not. I will conti...nue to serve to ensure that we are always the Away Team and never the Home Team every again. I never want to see Pearl Harbor or 911 every happen again. We our sometime call hero’s, but I believe the heroes are the families and love ones left behind while we go off to protect and defend freedom.

With love from the Soldiers of the Hooligan Nation.

Jeffery.


Desert Angels,

On behalf of the Bushogs and Control Chaos Family thanks for your support. One of my Soldiers just received a box from you and we all shared the contents. I want to express my sincere appreciation for your support while we are here in Afghanistan. These care packages served as a reminder of what to we fight for, the American people and our way of life. Thanks again to The Desert Angels for your support.V/R J


I would like to start of by saying thank you for your boxes of supplies and entertainment, and not to forget about all the goodies that were sent over here in Africa which always seemed to brighten the Marines face after a long day in the sun and coming off of their post finding out they had mail. Once I received your boxes I pass them out to many Marines I work with and they are very excited to r...eceive such nice and caring items inside of all the boxes including all of the little notes too.

We are staying very busy over here with our Security mission of our base, however we also go to surrounding villages to try to help with some improvements within the village for example: Building fences to help keep there goats from running away and also it helps keep them safe from wild dogs and other animals that may harm there livestock. We also go into some of there classrooms and teach them English and there # and alphabet. There is a lot of smiles and excitement every time we arrive to the village to help the village families.

We all miss being back in the United States, but know we are really making a difference in the eyes of the local people in Djibouti, Africa. So this means we are not only keeping the base and innocent people safe we are also making friends with people around the world by using kindness and compassion.

So I would like to thank you again for the great care packages all of you had sent, and contributed to us. We will be coming home following the completion of our tour over here and will not forget the kindness you have shown all of us over here. Gunnery Sergeant Chris


Dear Desert Angles,

Here is a letter of thanks from myself, and the whole 9th Provisional Security Force of the United States Marine Corps. Your gifts were greatly appreciated and a great moral booster while on this deployment. You make us feel appreciated and let us know our people back State side are thinking of us. As we’re coming closer to the end of this deployment we all hope you continue what you’re doing for other Marines that remain over here. So again THANK YOU and GOD BLESS each one of you.

Sincerely, LCPL Christopher


Thank you so much for the care package.  It is always nice to receive love from home.  Please keep up the amazing work you do.  

Thank you, Captain Brandon


Dear Desert Angel:

Today I discovered a New Testament Bible with your card taped to the inside cover.  

Just wanted to say that regardless of how little coverage the American news media is currently giving to Afghanistan, the bottom line is that American troops are still over here.  People like you who took the time to care certainly provides a much needed moral boost for our troops.    

Thank you for caring….

Respectfully SFC Thomas


Dear Friends:  thank you so much for the box you packed for me.  I loved everything inside.   What I loved most was  that my box was packed in honor of a Soldier KIA.  My Soldier is PFC Joseph Miracle.  I will run the Army Ten Meter  this year in honor of him.

Thank you for all you do for us.  We are proud to serve.

SFC Arnedtra


Dear Desert Angels,

I recently received two care packages sent by you and your wonderful volunteers. Please accept my most profound gratitude and that of my fellow American soldiers stationed here in Kuwait.

Respectfully and Graciously yours, Capt. Brendon


When I was in Iraq...I loved receiving care packages as I knew that just for a moment in time at least...someone cared enough to think of the ones fighting for their freedom overseas and away from their families who they might never see ever again possibly." Quote from Corporal Thomas  US Army Ret. Thank you Corporal T. Crompton for your service and sacrifices!


Desert Angel:

Thank you so much for showing your support. Your gifts are greatly appreciated! Not only do I get excited to see your boxes come in the mail but so do the other Marines in my unit. You all have helped out so much! You're the reason that I want to wake up and protect our country everyday. Semper Fi.


Desert Angels and BAE Systems: Thank you for the packages and ALL your support. It means a great deal to know people like you are behind us. The items you sent are now in transit to some of our teams in remote locations. It will get there just in time to bring holiday cheer! Again, THANK YOU for your support and may the Lord bless you this year.

blessing

David


Christine, Me and my guys were very fortunate to receive a fantastic care package from your caring organization. Although the care package wasn't intended for us we took great joy in its contents. A new friendship found your package to us and we appreciate the fact that an organization like you're spends time to sending these to the troops. Thank you once again and would love to continue to receive these fine treats.

Thanks Nate


As I am approaching my final days here in Afghanistan I would once again like to take a moment to thank you and everyone that has taken their time, effort and resources to help make this deployment for the Soldiers more tolerable.

The many boxes, cards, letters and necessities that everyone has afforded the Soldiers really does make a difference. I want to ensure everyone that puts their heart, effort, and time into these objects, that the care boxes are not viewed by the Soldiers as just boxes, but small fragments of home. When deployed home is a place that can quickly become a dream instead of a reality, a vacation that you look forward to but never seems to come. With all of the support that is provided to the Soldiers from home, home is able to maintain its realism.

Sorry if my writings become repetitive but I cannot stress enough the appreciation and thankfulness that the Soldiers feel for the undying efforts of everyone supporting them.

You have honored me by placing my name on your mailing list, although I am grateful for all you have done it is time to remove me from your list so that some other Soldiers may benefit from your graciousness.

With the new year here I hope that it brings all of your family, loved ones and friends many blessings and good health.

I will be leaving country on 13 Jan, to start what will be as always one of the longest trips home.

I am looking forward to reuniting with my home in Ortonville as well as everything and everyone that comes along with it.

Again thank you for everything that everyone has done for the Soldiers.

God Bless Godspeed MSG R


I am a PFC in the Army..I arrived in Afghanistan 3 days before christmas so as you can imagine it was a little rough emotionally.This is also my first deployment. As soon as my boots touched ground here i was working 12 to 14hr days -7days a week. So with realizing this was how the next 9 months to a year was gonna be like I was starting to feel a little down in the dumps...Everyday we have a soldier assigned to go pick up mail if there is any and everybody crowds around as it is passed out hoping that there will be something from loved ones and family..And I can tell you my heart gave a jump when i was told that I had a package :)..I looked to see who it was from and I didn’t recall the sender but it was a fleeting thought then I tore into it the first thing I saw was a picture of everybody smiling and waving and underneath was two handwritten notes. I think like everybody else i then saw the candy and snacks so I had to see what else was there :) I work with 9 others so I called them over so they could get some snacks and passed out the phone cards that were in the box..There were smiles all around!!!It was at this time after everything had made rounds or was sorted and put away for future use that I really looked at the cards that were on top..I saw the it was from an org. called the Desert Angels and couldn't help but think how appropriate that name truly is!!I can not express enough thanks and appreciation for what ya'll do. These packages act as bright lights to an otherwise gloomy day or night. Also with the box I received to handwritten notes from 2 scouts..and it was these notes i cherish most..From troop 42852, a Miss Audrey and Miss Elizabeth. If there is anyway you can tell them a certain PFC Harris loved their notes that would be great :)

People always say to a serviceman or woman "Thank you for your service"...But I think it's we that need to say thank you to all those that support us in what we do by the love and kindness the show.

Again Thank you and God bless for everything!!!


I have received your care package today and it is greatly appreciated! Everything was needed and everything was distributed out to the dog teams. I want to thank you for taking the time and doing what you are doing for the dog teams around the world and the organization and goals you have started for all of us, it is deeply appreciated and we are all deeply moved by your efforts and dedication to remind people of what our four legged warrior's are doing everyday to fight the war on terrorism.


I am the Senior Nurse at a Combined Aid Station in Afghanistan. I have just arrived at this medical facility and am REALLY enjoying the lovely quilts that adorn our Wounded Warrior ward. We have about 20 quilts hung on the walls of the living spaces, lounges, and hallways. but are truly fantastic and put a smile on our faces every day. Thank you again for your donations of love and God bless.


I am currently serving in Afghanistan with Aco 1-38 Infantry. I just wanted to take a second to thank you and your team for all the wonderful care packages. We really appreciate you taking the time to send us so much good stuff. A lot of the hygiene items were needed and the sweets really hit the spot. Again,I just wanted to say thank you from my men and I. What you do really helps boost morale and lets our boys know that someone is thinking of them. God bless you. Sincerely, Jake


Dear Everyone at Desert Angels,

I want to thank each and every one of you Patriotic Americans. Your selfless service to the men and women in these combat zones have been incredible.

You sent me numerous packages which I enjoyed and shared with many other soldiers. Nothing went to waste. The boxes were often reused to pack stuff away. They are used as shelves and soldiers can get the personal hygiene products out for their use. The time and effort you all have put in is greatly appreciated. I want you all to know that I am honored to have been associated with all of you.

Although we have never met and may never meet I will pray for all of you and your families like all of you have done for all of us.

Godspeed and God bless. V/r MSG Terry


It’s with great pleasure that I again thank you for your care packages to our Sailors. We appreciate all the Cards from the children and the letters as well as the great snacks.

We have a new mailing address because now the package is going to Kuwait and they are forwarding it to me. We had to change our location from Kuwait to Germany to give our Warriors a better Transition period. They are still coming through here as before so we still appreciate the Care packages and we need them to continue to lift the morale of our Sailors. Our new address is listed below and again we appreciate every card/letter and care package we received. Heartfelt Thanks for you and your volunteers…Thank you all

 YNC AL


 Dear Desert Angles,

We just received another 10 boxes from Desert Angles. Thank YOU.We are speechless and very thankful for your support and tremendous love for the soldiers serving here in Afghanistan.I would like to ask you to finalize and end your package drive to support this team.

We have written cards and emails and have sent them your way.We will have another drive to officially thank YOU and your helpers (allthe kids) for your tremendous and overwhelming support.

We are very grateful for your thoughts.Thank you

GOD Bless

Wishing you, all of your loved ones serving overseas return home to YOU safe.V/rG


I am SSG. Ran currently located at FOB Joyce, afghanistan. This is my third deployment but my second deployment with all of you. I wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support you have shown me and my men over the years. While in Iraq I received your heart felt packages and am to this day. I do regret that this message should've been sent earlier for that I apologize. I would like you all to know that you are what make this ARMY the best in the world. Your support has reached out and effected so many young lives of the men I serve with daily. Your time and commitment should not go unnoticed by any means. Everything that your group has done for us is much appreciated and will never be forgotten by any means. I wish I had some pictures to send and if I get the chance be sure that I will. Please give everyone a huge "pat on the back" and continue your mission and in doing so I hope you inspire more out there. From the men of 2 327th Infantry I thank you


Desert Angel, I just want to thank you for all your time and love. Getting these little goodies make all difference in our spirit. I shared most of the treats with my roommate too.

Thank you and many Blessings, Melissa


My name is James, one of the deployed soldiers that your organization sends care packages. Thank you so much for your support! Your packages all arrived safely and were a huge blessing to me and the men and women that I work with. It's truly humbling to know that there are people like you and organizations like yours in the US who care for deployed men and women overseas. A little "touch of home" goes a long way to brighten everyone's day out here, and I can't thank you enough.

My tour of duty ends this month and I should be home in early July. Thanks again!

Captain James


Dear members of 'Desert Angels'

From the desert mountains of Afghanistan, we just wanted to drop a quick line to say thank you so much for your support and patronage. The care package was a much needed boost for our morale and living comforts, be assured that the men in my squad used all and I mean all of the items that your team sent us, the gift box lasted not even an hour before it was emptied. For the majority of my squad this is their first 'rodeo' however we do have seasoned veterans amongst the team, were a total of eleven Soldiers in all. However whether this is a Soldier's first rodeo or their second, fourth or fith tour its always a breath of fresh air to receive package and or letter from our fellow Patriots back home a stern reminder why we Soldiers and we will always win and accomplish our mission not matter how hard, long, difficult the task.

Thanks again for the support and kind word of motivation.


You and your team tirelessly sent care packages throughout our deployment. You remembered us for every holiday and sometimes sent packages just because we were in your thoughts. Thank you so much Christine for all your support you have made this deployment very comfortable and On behalf of the troops I again say thank you and God Bless.V/r,


 Thank you (and all of the members of Desert Angel Volunteer organization) for the care packages that I have recieved the duration of my deployment. Myself and other soldiers really appreciate the effort and caring thoughts associated with each miracle box.

 I am writing to inform you that I will be leaving soon and request to be taken off of your sending list. My thanks again to you. God Bless J


To whom it may concern,

 I am a Chief for a Intel detachment and I am currently deployed to Afghanistan. My team was passed one of the boxes your organization mailed out and I just wanted to say thank you. The goodies that you guys sent out were very enjoyable and were truly appreciated. We know that it is an extra effort on your part to purchase and package everything up. Thank you very much again from my team.

SSgt Jeff


Detroit Country Day School,

I wanted to reach out to you and let you know that all of us appreciate it very much and that we do care. Thank you. We are near the fighting in Somalia in the Horn of Africa.

Respectfully A


To whom it may concern:

Thank you once again for your continued support. With your care packages we are not only able to reach out to soldiers, but also to civilian contractors. People come to the chapel daily to see what goodies we have

and they love seeing new items on our shelves. We do our best to keep our supplies stocked, but people come in and take things so fast, it's crazy! With your continued support, prayers, and packages we will be

able to keep the shelves stocked and the morale high.

Once again, thank you very much! We hope to see more care packages from you in the future!


 

Just wanted to let you know we did receive your packages and to say thank you so much for the support. We have been on the move lately and have not had any type of connectivity or communication capabilities outside ourselves, however we are now a little more settled and relaxed. Like I said last time, the packages again didn't last very long once we received them especially with the younger soldiers (they live for any type of mail), all was well received. Well got to go the enemy over here doesn't rest very often meaning neither due we, thanks again for the packages and taking the time to support us guys out here at the worlds end.

Thanks again SSG W


I would like to thank you very much for how thoughtful you have been towards my platoon and I. I received 8 packages this month from Desert Angels, and it has put a smile on my face every time, as well as the guys I share it with. We are taking a platoon picture soon and we will make sure to send you guys a copy. Thank you so much and GOD BLESS! Sincerely, Alex


Dear Desert Angels: "Thanks"

I have now received two boxes from your organization, and I know that many Soldiers in the Battery have also received miracle boxes. I wanted to express my sincerest thanks for your efforts and everything that you do in letting these Soldiers know that they are not forgotten, and that someone back home is always thinking of them. I hope God continues to bless you, and that you are able to keep up such an awesome ministry and effort. The athletic socks that I received in my box are without a doubt the most comfortable socks I have ever worn, a special treat in such a harsh environment for my feet. Thanks again and God Bless!

SSG R


hey thank you very much for the boxes every time I get one I always share with the guys that need tooth brushes and stuff and everyone loves the magazines thank you very much I would write a letter back but it takes way too long for mail to get home from here so I will write you guys emails

love

PFC M


To all the amazing men and women, boys and girls at Desert Angel Inc

My name is SPC Al. I would like to thank all of you for the love and kindness you have shared with me, and the rest of my platoon. I cannot count the amount of smiles you have put on our faces. We would like to thank you for the sacrifices you guys have made for us. We cannot thank you enough. We are looking to re-deploy to Germany some time in the March April time frame, so we have begun to pack up. I will return to Rochester, MI some time in august at the end of my service. I hope to meet you guys, and thank you individually when i return. Thanks a bunch, i cannot say that enough.

LOVE, SPC Al


Hello, our dear friends,

This card probably won't get to you in time for Thanksgiving but we still hope you had a lovely day! This card was actually sent to us by you and we love it!!!!

Thank you for caring, thank you for thinking of us, thank you for devoting your time. You've helped many many people here with boxes you've sent.

Right now, when I'm writing this we are under attack again. I just reported to my station.

Please cherish your lives, your freedom. Be happy, love and make the most of your days.

God bless you. We love you.


In the past week I have received several boxes of goodies sent by you. I wanted to take a moment and thank you for them. Everyone's faces lit up when I received them. Thank you again and hope each of y'all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sincerely, SrA. S


Desert Angels,

I wanted to thank you for your dedication to our Nation's military during a time of war. The care packages that you send out make a world of difference to those of us in a combat zone. I received your care packages while I was serving in Iraq and am currently receiving them here in Afghanistan. I can tell by the packages that the Desert Angels are caring, thoughtful, and also very savvy people. I can tell you've been doing this for quite a few years because your boxes are the perfect mix of snacks and practical items such as batteries and toiletries.

I belong to the 101st Airborne Division out of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. I'm originally from Waterford, Michigan where I earned my BA from Ferris State University. I've been here in Afghanistan since March 2013 and will be heading back to the States within the next month or so.

Thank you so much for remembering that there is still a war going on and that Americans are still sacrificing for their country. We greatly appreciate your unwavering support!

 Sincerely, M


 Desert Angels and BAE Systems: Thank you for the packages and ALL your support. It means a great deal to know people like you are behind us. The items you sent are now in transit to some of our teams in remote locations. It will get there just in time to bring holiday cheer! Again, THANK YOU for your support and may the Lord bless you this year.

blessing DAVID


Christine,

Me and my guys were very fortunate to receive a fantastic care package from your caring organization. Although the care package wasn't intended for us we took great joy in its contents. A new friendship found your package to

us and we appreciate the fact that an organization like yours spends time to send these to the troops. Thank you once again and would love to continue to receive these fine treats.

Thanks

Nate in Afghanistan


Dear desert angel:

"thank you "

hey thank you very much for the boxes every time I get one I always share with the guys that need tooth brushes and stuff and everyone loves the magazines thank you very much I would wright a letter back but it takes way to long for mail to get home from here so I will write you guys emails

love

PFC Mallia


Dear Louise, Desert Angels and Ladies of the Knights of Columbus-

I am a Chief Warrant Officer in the United States Army currently deployed in Kabul, Afghanistan. I have been in the Army now for 17+ years and this is my 6th deployment overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. I am married and have 3 children (Two Girls 9 and 7 and a Boy 7) I am always humbled by ...the support we as soldiers get while deployed overseas. Organizations like the Desert Angels and Knights of Columbus make our time away that much better with the gifts and packages you send. I can tell you personally and from every member of my team that we are very thankful to each and everyone of you that took time out of your busy lives to take a moment for us. Wonderful organizations and Americans like yourselves are what makes America great and why each and everyone of us stand up to defend this great nation. No matter the political situation or flavor of the month in the news we will always be here standing guard for our great nation and the Americans like yourselves who support us. Your package has been distributed to each of the guys here, each person getting the opportunity to grab something special for them. Again, thank you all for everything that you do for us and the support you give to the Armed Forces!

Sincerely, John

P.S. to back up your Ronal Reagan quote on your picture I have put one below :

If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.


Stationed in COP Shurandam, Afghanistan

Dear Desert Angels:

Thanks"

I have now received two boxes from your organization, and I know that many Soldiers in the Battery have also received miracle boxes. I wanted to express my sincerest thanks for your efforts and everything that you do in letting these Soldiers know that they are not forgotten, and that someone back home is always thinking of them. I hope God continues to bless you, and that you are able to keep up such an awesome ministry and effort. The athletic socks that I received in my box are without a doubt the most comfortable socks I have ever worn, a special treat in such a harsh environment for my feet. Thanks again and God Bless!

SSG Ralph

C Btry TF Hell 2CR

COP Shurandam Afghanistan


Dear Christine:

Thank you so very much for the care package you sent my team and I, the box was well received and we all appreciated it very much!

Just so you know, we are supporting the 1st Special Operations Brigade (SOB) of the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC), the Afghan version of our U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

Thank you so much Christine for your support.

Philip


Dear Desert Angel:

Thank you for your gifts to the 821st Transportation Battalion. I give the candy away to soldiers before they leave on convoy into Iraq. They really like Slim Jim if you have any more to send please do.

John 10:10

Chaplain Branch


Dear Christine:

Thank yo uso much for the (2) boxes of goodies, socks, magazines and toiletries. The timing was welcome of the small toiletry items to take back on the plane, with the restrictions on 4 oz or less. The items I couldn’t use I gave to other soldiers for their needs and/or donated them to the unit moral room for use by command cell soldiers.

It was very much appreciated and a very thoughtful thing. It’s organizations like yours that are a blessing for the Soldier Deployed. We are very thankful for all you do for the ones you take care of. Your generosity and giving is a show of the support to all the soldiers and American families in other countries.

This is my Second Deployment in five years. I have two children that have enlisted in the Military, my Son in the Air Force and a Daughter in the Army. For some of your younger Soldiers this is their first deployment. Your contribution have made it more like home and bearable for us.

Thanks, again.

Susan P.


Dear Mrs. Downs:

I just wanted to send you a note of THANKS for all the time, effort and support you’ve given, to our Military effort here in Afghanistan. Your care packages may go to more places, but since I’ve been here in Kandahar, Afghanistan I can only vouch for this locations. I work as an Aircraft Electrician on F-16 C/D model aircraft. I am lucky enough not to have a job that requires me to leave the base or as we refer to it “outside the wire”. I’ve been deployed to the Middle East 7 times in the last 28 years-starting with Desert Storm in 1991. Thats 29 years in the Air National Guard. This July, I will turn 51. Fortunately, I should be leaving this AOR (Area of Responsibility) by Mid June. Looking forward to seeing the wife and kids. Enough about me.

I enjoy watching the excitement your packages create when the young Airmen open them Everyone eventually gets to rifle through the box to pick something they can use.

I believe it takes a very special person to do what you do. A lot of people know we’re here but just take us for granted. Sure, it’s our job, we’re not complaining, but it sure is nice to know that someone doesn’t take our freedom for granted. for that I salute you! Thank you for all the effort … it does not go un-noticed. You’re the best!

SMSgt Kevin


Dear Desert Angel:

Thank you so much for the kind care packages. I am sharing the assortment of snacks, coffee and toiletries that you sent with my soldiers. Both the taste of home and the message that folks back home care about us goes a long way to lift morale. My unit, 3-17 Calvary, is a scout helicopter unit. WE fly the small Kiowa Warrior Helicopter. For this deployment, we have Apache and Blackhawks with us too.

Because every soldier on this ground feel much safer know helicopters are around, we have been very busy. All of us are glad this war is winding down. But mostly we are glad there are Americans like you worth fighting for.

Matt L.


Dear Desert Angel:

We appreciate all of your motivational words and the items sent out in the gift boxes.Seeing what you guys back home are doing for us out here means a lot to my Marines and I. Keep up the good work.

Thank you, again. God Bless.

1st LT. Chris. USMC


Mrs. Christine,

Thank you so much for all that you do for us troops!! It really means a lot out here and your packages are very appreciated. I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to finally get in touch with you .. I work 7 days a week 12 hour days, so I don't have a lot of free time but that is no excuse, I should have written earlier. I am leaving Afghanistan around mid November. Again I want to say thanks ... without the support of friends and family, deployments would be very difficult to deal with. But I have been overwhelmed with the support from the generosity of strangers, such as your amazing group and many others like it. America is truly the greatest country on earth, made possible by people like you and your fellow group members. Please tell the rest of the Desert Angels that I am very grateful and their generosity does not go unnoticed and it is very much appreciated.

Thanks,

V/R, -TSgt Jamie


Desert Angel:

From the desert mountains of Afghanistan, we just wanted to drop a quick line to say thank you so much for your support and patronage. The care package was a much needed boost for our morale and living comforts, be assured that the men in my squad used all and I mean all of the items that your team sent us, the gift box lasted not even an hour before it was emptied. For the majority of my squad this is their first 'rodeo' however we do have seasoned veterans amongst the team, were a total of eleven Soldiers in all. However whether this is a Soldier's first rodeo or their second, fourth or fifth tour it is always a breath of fresh air to receive a package and or letter from our fellow Patriots back home a stern reminder why we Soldiers and we will always win and accomplish our mission not matter how hard, long, difficult the task.

In God we trust.


Good Evening Christine:

Just wanted to let you know we did receive your packages and to say thank you so much for the support. We have been on the move lately and have not had any type of connectivity or communication capabilities outside ourselves, however we are now a little more settled and relaxed. Like I said last time, the packages again didn’t last very long once we received them especially with the younger soldiers (they live for any type of mail), all was well received. Well got to go the enemy over here doesn’t rest very often meaning neither do we, thanks again for the packages and taking the time to support us guys out here at the worlds end.

Hope you enjoy the attach pictures of us.

Thanks again

SSG Weaver


We will be rotating back in March, no exact date yet.

Many soldiers, such as myself, this is their first time over here. They didn't know exactly what to bring or how much of it to bring. As for wants, needs, and wish lists, I have been gathering info from soldiers

over the past few weeks on that exact subject.

The basic package containing the normal goodies/snacks and toiletries is great for our soldiers! For some reason, toothbrushes are a hot item right now. Everyone keeps taking them.

Requests:

-Nerf Basketball Hoop (door hanger)

-Socks

-Basic Hygiene Supplies

-Movies

-Video Games (Nintendo DS, PSP)

On the last one, if you know another organization that I can get in touch with to have video games sent to our soldiers, that would be great! Many of our soldiers carry Nintendo DS's or PSP's in their pockets because of portability. If they have a break for a few minutes or travel somewhere, they can pull it out of their pocket and play for a little while to keep their mind off of things. I've been researching organizations who send video games to troops, but I keep coming up empty handed. If you can help me get in contact with someone over this issue,

I would greatly appreciate it as would the soldiers.

Thank you so much for your help and support!It really means a lot to us!!

Dylan


Dear members of 'Desert Angels'

From the desert mountains of Afghanistan, we just wanted to drop a quick line to say thank you so much for your support an patronage. The care package was a much needed boost for our morale and living comforts, be assured that the men in my squad used all and I mean all of the items that your team sent us, the gift box lasted not even an hour before it was emptied. For the majority of my squad this is their first 'rodeo' however we do have seasoned veterans amongst the team, were a total of eleven Soldiers in all. However whether this is a Soldier's first rodeo or their second, fourth or fith tour its always a breath of fresh air to recieve package and or letter from our fellow Patriots back home a stern reminder why we Soldiers and we will always win and accomplish our mission not matter how hard, long, difficult the task.

 Thanks again for the support and kind word of motivation.

 1st Plt

2nd Squad

B Co. 1-26 INF 3/1 BCT

'Blue Spaders'


MaryLou:

I received 2 packages from Desert Angels and I found your card inside the box. I just wanted to express some appreciation for the care packages. They were a great treat and will be used well. I also looked up all the scriptures you put on the back of your card. I share your enthusiasm for the scriptures and the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a great time of year when we contemplate His resurrection. I am so very grateful for what he did on the cross, but when I picture him, I love to picture him, risen again from the tomb. These thoughts strengthen me now in times of war and at all times. Thank you again for your service to soldiers. It is does not go unnoticed.

 Thank you,         Harrison


Mrs. Mary Lou,

 I wanted to take a moment and say, Thank You So Very Much for your kind and encouraging words in a card that you sent. I am not sure who it was intended for, but I happened to come across today while I was at work.

 My name is Chris Munn, I am a Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force. I am currently deployed to Afghanistan. I have a wonderful wife and three beautiful children two older girls and a boy, ages 10, 8 and 7, back in Mississippi waiting on me to get home. My wife and I have been married for almost 14 years and I have been in the military the same amount of time, actually my wife and I have been married 11 days longer than I have been in the military.

 I have to tell you something, as much as I would love to keep your card for myself, it won't do me much good, because as you put in your card that you hope I know Jesus, well I do, so I intend on putting your "light" back out to shine for someone else to come across it, just as I did. What an effective tool to witness to others. It is my prayer that someone will come across that may not know for sure that Heaven is in their future will come to know for sure.

 Again, Mrs. Mary Lou thank you for your kind and uplifting words. It is truly a blessing to have someone come up to you and say thank you or as you did take the time to write a note. May the Lord bless you with a special blessing. Thank you for your thoughts and your prayers.

 Sincerely,

Chris


Dear Marylou,

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your contribution to Desert Angels. My name is Adam Jarema. I am a Soldier deployed to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division, and was a recipient of one of these boxes that had one of your Bibles in it. It's nice to know that people back in the states are thinking about us out here. So often we get caught up in our day to day routines that was forget that. Thank you again for your contribution, and have a nice day.

Sincerely,

SGT Adam


Dear Christine,

First thing first is always thank Our Heavenly Father for another day. I would like to thank you "The Desert Angel" for your never ending support of our troops overseas. It is a wonderful feeling to know that our family, friends and as American would take the time to pack each and every box for our men and women who is serving our country. I THANK YOU ALL. Yes I have received about three (3) or four (4) boxes since I have arrived in country. As of right now I will be departing Afghanistan sometime in July. Stop all mail coming to me by 1 June 2013 again I thank you and the Desert Angel for thinking of all of us who are still serving overseas. There are no words to express my gratitude and thank you for all that you do.

Thank you again and God bless, Tripler


Christine: Thank you for your awesome package. The goodies will be eaten and used.

I shared all the items as requested and the men I work with were like little kids on Christmas morning.

Blessing to you.

Melissa


Dear Desert Angel:

I would just like to say Thank you for the packages that you have sent on my most recent deployment to Afghanistan. I am beginning to transition back to the United States and will be home by the end of the month. I thank you for your continued support.

1LT Ryan, 101 CAB Fort Campbell KY


I just wanted to thank you for making me the pillowcase and sending it to me. It was very kind of you to do that for me. My pillowcase has been a Clemson t-shirt for the last 7 months and my pillow is my extreme cold weather coat. I didn't have room to bring a real pillow and the jacket has served me well and held up better than most pillows over here. I am going to bring it back with me and keep it for when I have kids. I also appreciate your prayers. It means alot to know that there are people like you not only sending us care packages but also keeping us in your prayers. I would like to ask you to pray for a friend of mine. I can’t give his name but he was injured last week when an RPG exploded close to him. I really don't know much about it other than that. I have sent you a picture of me beside of the howitzers that I work on. Thanks again for all you have done and are doing. Sincerely, SPC SMITH UNITED STATES ARMY


First I would like to thank you for all of the support that you are bestowing unto our Soldiers. I cannot send you the amount of thank-you's I obtained from the Soldiers that have received items from your Miracle Boxes. I have become known as the the Afghan Brigade Wal Mart. All this is due to the support from Desert Angels,

We the Soldiers are very fortunate that you have chosen us to send the packages to. The amount of time and energy that you are putting into these packages is phenomenal and does not go unnoticed. The Soldiers are blessed that you have chosen them to share your kindness with, and they accept all of the stores with a very grateful heart. It is very humbling for us to see the amount of support that you are affording us, we have no way to repay you in your efforts other than to offer you our gratitude, appreciation and admiration.

 I have taken some of your Miracle boxes to an area that remains in heavy contact with the insurgents, where supplies come few and far between. When these Soldiers know that a package is coming, they will get out of bed in the middle of the night, use their miniature flashlights or weapon light in order to form a landing zone for the helicopter to land, or to have the boxes kicked out of the door if they are unable to land due to fighting. After watching these Soldiers, they do not need the flash lights to light the Landing Zone, because they light up so much on their own with the knowledge a package is forthcoming. Nothing goes to waste.


Due to all of the kindness, thoughtfulness and endless labors on the part of the caring individuals such as yourself and others like you, our lives and the circumstances in which we survive in, are made a little more endurable. For it is the support of the family, friends, and caring/supporting persons that enables, and provides us the Soldiers, the drive and determination to get up every day, no matter the conditions or location we need to go, in order to ensure that the blank check we wrote when we signed up is covered.


Mrs Christine:

Ma'am, I can not be more thankful for all of the care packages the Desert Angels have sent my way over these last 6 months! I have distributed the love and little reminders of Home amongst my Airmen and Soldiers and they also are extremely thankful. I am due to leave Afghanistan in May timeframe and thanks to the many care packages yall have sent my way, I believe I am set until I depart. Sadly this email does not do enough justice as to how thankful I am. Once I am home and on leave, I will try to swing by with my grandmother and thank everyone in person. Until then, please pass on my thanks and regards to the group and let them know that what they are doing keeps the men and women of their country in high spirits and fighting eagerly for their freedom. Without their support, this war would be a completely different world.

Very Respectfully,

SSgt Adam R. USAF

Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan


Dear Christine:

"THANK YOU"

Thank you for the box me and battles(my K-9)will enjoy it. Thank you, again.


Dear Everyone:

"Thank you so much"

Hello everyone with the Desert Angels. I am SSG. Randall currently located in Afghanistan. This is my third deployment but my second deployment with all of you. I wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support you have shown me and my men over the years. While in Iraq I received your heart felt packages and am to this day. I do regret that this message should've been sent earlier for that I apologize. I would like you all to know that you are what make this ARMY the best in the world. Your support has reached out and effected so many young lives of the men I serve with daily. Your time and commitment should not go unnoticed by any means. Everything that your group has done for us is much appreciated and will never be forgotten by any means. I wish I had some pictures to send and if I get the chance be sure that I will. Please give everyone a huge "pat on the back" and continue your mission and in doing so I hope you inspire more out there. From the men of 2 327th Infantry I thank you


Dear Desert Angles,

We just received another 10 boxes from Desert Angles. Thank YOU. We are speechless and very thankful for your support and tremendous love for the soldiers serving here in Afghanistan I would like to ask you to finalize and end your package drive to support this team.We have written cards and emails and have sent them your way. We will have another drive to officially thank YOU and your helpers (all the kids) for your tremendous and overwhelming support.

We are very grateful for your thoughts.

Thank you

GOD Bless

Wishing you, all of your loved ones serving overseas return home to YOU

safe.

V/r Gregorian, Felix MAJ, MS


Dear Fellow American:

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coalition Partner of the NATO TRaining Mission-Afghanistan; Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (NTM-A/CSTC A) would like to extend their sincere gratitude to your for your recent donation. Your charitable thoughtful gesture was well received. It helped to boost our morale and served as an extremely positive contribution to the overall effort here. Gifts like this remind our troops of the wonderful people who support our mission and make our efforts truly worthwhile. Once again, to quote our Afghan partners, “tashakor” “thank you” for your kindness and generosity. It is deeply appreciated!!

PFC Smith


Dear Desert Angel:

On the behalf of Combined Task Force 4-2. “ Dragon Raiders:, we want to thank you for your tremendous support of our troops across Southern Afghanistan. The gifts and care packages provided were greatly appreciated by the many Soldiers that received them, and they had a notable impact on improving the holiday spirit throughout our team! It is obvious that much time and thought were put into preparing the packages. This tremendous show of support has encouraged and boosted the morale of the Soldiers.

It is a true blessing to know that during this Holiday Season we are not forgotten. We hope that you keep uns in your prayers and never forget the sacrifice of our Families. Your patriotism is deeply felt within our hearts. Once again, we thank your for your generous support. We will continue to remember the joy that was provided in these gifts. May you be blessed during the coming New Year!

Sincerely,

Command Sergeant Major, USA Oscar and Colonel, IN Commanding Michael


Dearest Oakland County Credit Union:

I saw the photo that your organization sent along with the mail we have received. I wasn’t sure if anyone has responded to you. I would like to personally thank you for all the work your group has put into making your deployment a little more comfortable. My Soldiers deeply appreciate your time as well, however, they find it difficult to put pen to paper. I am not confident in their grammar skills, nor my own. So please do not hold too much in that. One thing you can be sure of is; Myself ,

my Soldiers and the men I work with are professionals and experts in out line of work. We take pride in being the men you can depend on.

So in short, the United States Infantry Men of B Co. 4-9 Infantry would like to thank you for your support.

If you are interested in following photos of my Platoon through our deployment you are welcome to reference our facebook page just search for 1st Platoon b/4-9 you will find first platoon (goonies).

Sincerely, Staff Sergeant Anthony


Dear Christine:

I am not sure who the box was addressed to originally, but I found the Bible that came with it in our supply room. It said that it was given in honor of PFC Joseph Miracle who died in combat. Thank you for sending it and others. Several people have found them here. We very much appreciate those who have served before us and continue to honor them as we serve as their brothers and sister in combat. Inside the front flap of my Bible I taped his picture and the anecdote to remind me where it came from.

Thank you to all of your friends and Staff who continue to support us as we deploy and redeploy again and again.

Sincerely, Ssg Jennifer


Desert Angel:

Thank you for your care package. I am an ARmy Chaplain in Afghanistan and ensured that your gifts were given to needy Soldiers. Your packages were addressed to Soldiers who were part of the 1-23 In BN/-2 SBCT. I am a Chaplain for the 2-23 IN who has a historical relationship with the 1-23. We were part of the same Regiment and fought together during the Korean War. Your Soldiers have since redeployed back to Fort Lewis Washington. I did have the privilege of meeting the 1-23 chaplain before he left. Thank you for your gifts and feel free to end more packages and I will ensure they are distributed to those in need. I will leave my address below just in case you would like to bless more Soldiers.

Thank you again, and God Bless.

Chaplain, Curtis, 2-23 Infantry


Just a note.....thank you for the Care Package. It is a nice wonderful gesture. We appreciate the support.

From the 230th FMSU,

Sincerely, CPT. Tasha


Dear Everyone at Desert Angel:

I want to thank each and everyone of you Patriotic American. Your selfless service to the men and women in these combat zones have been incredible.

You sent me numerous packages which I enjoyed and shared with many other soldiers. Nothing went to waste. The boxes were often reused to package stuff away. They are used as shelves and soldiers can get the personal hygiene products out for their use. The time and effort you all have put in is greatly appreciates. I want you all to know that I am honored to have been associated with all of you.

Although, we have never met and may never meet I will pray for all of you and your families like all of you have done for us.

MSG Terry


 I am currently serving in Afghanistan with Aco 1-38 Infantry. I just wanted to take a second to         thank you and your team for all the wonderful care packages. We really appreciate you taking the time to send us so much good stuff. A lot of          the hygiene items were needed and the sweets really hit the spot. Again, I just wanted to say thank you from my men and I. What you do really helps boost morale and lets our boys know that someone is thinking of them. God bless you.

Sincerely, Jake


Dear Desert Angel:

I am currently serving in Afghanistan with the Infantry. I just wanted to take a second to thank you and your team for all the wonderful care packages. We really appreciate you taking the time to send us so much good stuff. A lot of the hygiene items were needed and the sweets really hit the spot. Again, I just wanted to say thank you from my men and I. What you do really

helps boost morale and lets our boys know that someone is thinking of them. God bless you. Sincerely, Jake                  


Desert Angels:

I would like to convey our sincere appreciation to you for your recent generosity and thoughtfulness . It was very kind of you to source and send the countless boxes filled with gifts, and letters to our Marines and Sailors during the Holiday Season. Most of our Marines and Sailors would not have received a care package had it not been for your gifts. WE were truly touched by your generosity, your spirit, and willingness to go out of your way to help boost the morale and cheer of our Marines and Sailors. You are true patriots. It is great to know there are American like you who take the time to support deployed troops.

Thank you again for your commitment and support.

Semper Fidelis,

M.M.


To Desert Angels:

I wanted to send a personal thanks for all of your support. My company just got here and I just happened to see the picture of y’all. I am very thankful to get a chance to show you all how thankful I am to have folks look up to me and my battle buddies. Funny thing is that in a few years I will be sending some of y’all care packages.

Thanks for the love and support

PFC Hasan


Dear Desert Angel:

Thank you for the wonderful gifts. I took the boxes and had stockings for all my Sailors. The smiles are great. Visit our Face

Book page NAVCENT Afghanistan.

Thank you, love

Cyndi


Mrs Karras,

Thank you so much for the support that your organization has provided to the soldiers of my detachment. I will ensure I notify you upon my departure from Bagram. Our unit is due to redeploy sometime in May 2013. I appreciate all the efforts from all the people who continue to shower us with Care Packages. I also kept a few of the handmade Christmas Ornaments

so when I get home I can place them on my family tree and pass them down to my children. They are special to me, this was my fourth Christmas in my 24 years of service to my country that I was away, and I hope it will be my last.

Thanks for your support, Respectfully,

John F.

CW4, MP Commanding


Dear Everyone at Desert Angels,

I want to thank each and every one of you Patriotic Americans. Your selfless service to the men and women in these combat zones have been incredible.

You sent me numerous packages which I enjoyed and shared with many other soldiers. Nothing went to waste. The boxes were often reused to pack stuff away. They are used as shelves and soldiers can get the personal hygiene products out for their use. The time and effort you all have put in is greatly appreciated. I want you all to know that I am honored to have been associated with all of you.

Although we have never met and may never meet I will pray for all of you and your families like all of you have done for all of us.

God speed and God bless.

 V/r MSG Terry


I am currently serving in Afghanistan with the Infantry. I just wanted to take a second to thank you and your team for all the wonderful care packages. We really appreciate you taking the time to send us so much good stuff. A lot of the hygiene items were needed and the sweets really hit the spot. Again, I just wanted to say thank you from my men and I. What you do really helps boost morale and lets our boys know that someone is thinking of

them. God bless you.

Sincerely,Jake


 It's been raining and snowing for the past week and I'm so thankful I brought a nice pair of boots!! Thanks a million for the upcoming "miracle box" packages...trust me, they will be appreciated. Ricky, and the rest of the crew, made it home safely, which I'm sure they are enjoying.

Again Christine...thanks so much.


Dear Louise,

My name is Staff Sergeant Jake M. I am currently serving in Afghanistan with Aco 1-38 Infantry. I just wanted to take a second to thank you and your team for all the wonderful care packages. We really appreciate you taking the time to send us so much good stuff. A lot of the hygiene items were needed and the sweets really hit the spot. Again, I just wanted to say thank you from my men and I. What you do really helps boost morale and lets our boys know that someone is thinking of them. God bless you.

Sincerely, Jake


 

Hi Salli,

 First off thank you so much for the excellent care package!!! The soup packets were amazing and i had one for dinner every night till they were gone :) Yes the cross stitch are fun..I got one in my first care package from the Desert Angels and it gives me something to do when i pull 12hr shifts at the ECP(entry control point)...So know i have more to keep me entertained for a while..

 In regards to other people, I work with 9 other people in my squad but they all get regular care packages except one, David T. his name and he has yet to receive one package since being here...He is currently working to get his degree and his goal is to be a Pastor here in the Army..But like I said he hasn’t gotten anything yet.And the other guys I think are just in need of some shaving cream so maybe in my next package from the Desert Angels could cater more to the male side lol....

 Again though I really do appreciate everything ya'll do for us and also for you taking the time out and sending me something yourself..I look forward to the chance when maybe we all can meet sometime in the future :)

-Jayme


Hi Sandie,

I have received your care package today and it is greatly appreciated! Everything was needed and everything was distributed out to the dog teams. I want to thank you for taking the time and doing what you are doing for the dog teams around the world and the organization and goals you have started for all of us, it is deeply appreciated and we are all deeply moved by your efforts and dedication to remind people of what our four legged warrior's are doing everyday to fight the war on terrorism.

Respectfully,


To the American Legion Charles Edwards Post #14/Birmingham Troy

I would like to extend my greetings and thanks for all the letters, care packages, e-mails and Race Book posts from my family and friends. This is my third deployment during the holidays and as always I am honored to serve my Country. I deployed as the Detachment Commander with a great group of 20 CID Special Agents from all over the world and they are stretched thin all over Afghanistan at locations in Kandahar, Kabul, FOB Sharana, FOB salerno, Fob Fenty, FOB Shank, and Bagram Airbase. Most of all keep us in your daily thoughts and prayers and never forget, Freedom is not free.

Merry Christmas

CW4, MP John


To the American Legion Charles Edwards Post #14/Birmingham Troy

Thank you for the Care Packages. As I walked into work today I noticed a very large box filled with lots of goodies! Just wanted to take a minute to thank you and everyone who donated. It is always a treat to receive things like this knowing that there are so many people at home who care.

Thank you agina for all of your time to and effort put into these packages and I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season.

For all your veterans at your post I,also send a special Thank you! for all you have done.

SSgt Pensiero


Dear Desert Angel:

The FOB Fenty K-9 Section would like to thank you for all of your support. Your care packages have brightened the days of our four legged partners as well as ours.

Thank you again.

FOB Fenty K-9 Section


Desert Angels,

We the Soldiers are very fortunate that you have chosen us to send the packages to.The Soldiers are blessed that you have chosen them to share your kindness with, and they accept all of the stores with a very grateful heart. It is very humbling for us to see the amount of support that your are affording us, we have no way to repay you in your efforts other than to offer you our gratitude, appreciation and admiration. I have taken some of your Miracle boxes to an area that remains in heavy contact with the insurgents, where supplies come few and far between. When these Soldiers know that a package is coming, they will get out of bed in the middle of the night, use their miniature flashlights or weapon light in order to form a landing zone for the helicopter to land, or to have the boxes kicked out of the door if they are unable to land due to fighting. After watching these Soldiers, they do not need the flash lights to light the LZ, because they light up so much on their own with the knowledge a package is forthcoming. Nothing goes to waste. Again by the humblest means and the only means we have, we the Soldiers say THANK YOU. God Bless, Gods Speed. MSG Daniel


Good afternoon from Kandahar Air Field (KAF), Kandahar Afghanistan!

First, I would like to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE BOX OF "HAPPINESS" YOU SENT TO US! You do not realize how good it makes all of the troops here to know that they are very appreciated and not forgotten by are Civilian Warriors back in the USA!!! Around here during the holidays some can get pretty lonely, but your package brightened up our day when we opened it. It was like a "burst of sunshine and a blast of fresh air" all at once!


For Miracle Quilts:

As 2012 fades away and 2013 is bringt on the horizon, we want to take this opportunity to extend our sincerest appreciation to our amazing supporters, donors, volunteers, families and friends. Providing comfort caring and compassion beyond the call of duty wouldn’t be possible without all of you.

Can you believe that another year has slipped by? And with it, there have been so many memories made here at the houses. The year’s KMC 5/ 6 Viking challenge was a triumphant success, breaking the six figure mark without breaking a sweat! The Fisher House Foundation Ambassadors came for a visit and brought with them friends from DeCA and American Logistics Association; together they threw one heck of an appreciation BBQ, hosting over 1,000 staff members from LRMC. This year also marks the first time we have been brought into the fold of our SciFi community, Darth Vader and his minions have been busy all Summer raising funds and spreading awareness about the Fisher Houses. Just to name a few of the events and fundraisers actualized by our outstand supporters!

2012 has also proved how incredible lucky we are to have a community how honors those who service with their culinary skills. The Soldier’s Angels brought us their bi-annual BBQ’s, the Canadian Casualty Support Team spoiled us with maple syrup drenched breakfasts; and the hard working young people of the National Junior Honor Society helped us celebrate the holidays by cooking our holiday feasts right here at the houses! Not to mention the dozens of individuals and organizations who take time out of their busy lives to provide warm, nutritious and delicious meals and baked goods almost every day of the year!

If you’ve been by the Landstuhl Fisher Houses this year, you’ve seen it has been a blur of scaffolding and moving trucks. The beautiful new porticos were finished in the nick of time, just before Winter! Also, our exteriors got a new coat of paint and all the woodwork was stained...But the improvements don’t end with the exteriors! This time last year, with the help from our active duty community, our interiors got some much needed improvements! They moved out all the old furniture and prepared the houses for the deliver of our new furniture. Then, like frosting on a cake, we got new carpet in House 1. Most of these improvements were brought to us in large part by the Wounded Warrior Project; it is because of the hard work and generosity of our supporters we are able to provide the level of comfort and care our men and women in uniform and their families so rightfully deserve!

We wouldn’t let this letter end without a huge thank you for the lasting relationships with our sister organization both military and civilian, who work tirelessly to support military families. We’re all in this together and we couldn’t be part of a better team! Thank you to all of the Spouse’s Associations, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Military Family Life Consultants, the USO, the Semper Fi Fund, and the Red Cross. We are honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with you!

In reflecting on this fantastic year, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who is part of the

Landstuhl Fisher House Family, both near and far, old and new. We couldn’t do what we do without your ongoing love and support. And as always, we want to take a second to remember those who we have the honor of serving, our Nation’s greatest treasure, our military servicemen and women and their families. You are our inspiration and our purpose.

Team Landstuhl Fisher House


For Miracle Quilts:

Dear Miracle Quilt Members:

The Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces programs are a cornerstone of who we are and what we do at the American Red Cross. We have supported the military and their families for more than a century, from the civil War to today’s deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As more wounded service member some home from the battlefield, thousand of Red Cross volunteers give their time every day to support them in military and veterans’ hospitals. The volunteers may perform many different types of services...working the reception desk, taking patients to their appointments, assisting with recovery therapy of visiting with a wounded service member or veteran offering a friendly shoulder to lean on. These men and women deserve the best and American Red Cross volunteers are there to fulfill that mission..

We thank you for your support through donations; our office runs on the kindness and compassion of American citizens like yourself. If you have any question please do not hesitate to call the office. Thank you for your continued patriotism and support for this Nation's military, veterans and their families.

Sincerely,

Kathleen M. Kelly

Assistant Station Mananger

Walter Reed-Bethesda


For Miracle Quilts:

Thank you for the quilt. I truly appreciate it especially since I was born in Livonia, Michigan. Thanks for everything you do for us service members from the bottom of my heart and God Bless you all.

Sincerely,

SFC William R.

US ARMY


For Miracle Quilts:

Miss Carole:

I took all the quilts onto base and gave all of the Marines who were wounded a quilt. I told all of them how important they are to me and all the people who dedicated their time to make them. You brought so many “NEEDED” smiles to these guys. Each and every one of the Marines here is thankful for the work you all have put into the packages and the quilts you send. On behalf of the Wounded Warrior Battalion East. I would like to say thank you for all the support and love.

Corporal Michael Z.


For Miracle Quilts:

Miss Carole and Ladies:

The quilts are beautiful. I can definitely tell that lots of love and hard work went into each and every quilt. You are all so special for doing what you do...and I THANK YOU! You make people feel special and I hope to spread hoy like all of you.

Love,

Lindsey Z.


For Miracle Quilts:

Dear Carole:

Thank you so much for the quilt and the pillowcase. That was very special coming from supporters. I want you to send a huge thank you to everyone that had a hand in the making of the items.

Joseph is looking down on your fine and creative/givers!

The quilt and pillowcase will always be looked at as it will be framed for my house along with the letter and card. Once again, thank you so much you have no clue how thankful I am. Have an awesome and terrific day.

Sincerely

Brian O’B


For Miracle Quilts:

THE QUILTS ARRIVED TODAY! Thanks so very much. We’re already giving them out! Carole, I can’t thank you enough for your love, dedication and compassion you exude to those who have sacrificed so much! Please pass on our thanks and gratitude to those who participated in making the quilts of LOVE. We are so grateful.

Thank you

Vivian W.

Manager LRMC Fisher House


For Miracle Quilts:

Hello:

My name is Jessica E. and I would just like to say thank you! My Husband was injured on Aug 26 and has been in ICU since. I cannot tell you how much having a homemade quilt has helped. He may not say it but I see it in his face. He commented it remined him of hi MA Ann’s house and how homey it was and I cannot agree more. I truly love this quilt and will cherish it forever! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for donating this beautiful touch of home!

With lots of hugs and thanks

Jessica E.


My name is Jayme Harris. I am a PFC in the Army..I arrived in Afghanistan 3 days before Christmas so as you can imagine it was a little rough emotionally.This is also my first deployment. As soon as my boots touched ground here I was working 12 to 14 hrs days -7days a week. So realizing this was how the next 9 months to a year was gonna be like I was starting to feel a little down in the dumps...Everyday we have a soldier assigned to go pick up mail if there is any and everybody crowds around as it is passed out hoping that there will be something from loved ones and family..And I can tell you my heart gave a jump when I was told that I had a package :). I looked to see who it was from and I didn’t recall the sender but it was a fleeting thought as i then tore into it..the first thing was a picture with everybody smiling and waving and underneath were two handwritten notes. I think like everybody else I then saw the candy and snacks so I had to see what else was there :) I work with 9 others so I called them over so they could get some snacks and passed out the phone cards that were in the box..There were smiles all around!!!It was at this time after everything had made rounds or was sorted and put away for future use that I really looked at the cards that were on top..I saw the it was from an org. called the Desert Angels and couldn’t help but think how appropriate that name truly is!! I can not express enough thanks and appreciation for what ya'll do. These packages act as bright lights to an otherwise gloomy day or night. Also with the box I received to handwritten notes from 2 scouts..and it was these notes I cherish most..From troop 42852, a Miss Audrey and Miss Elizabeth. If there is anyway you can tell them a certain PFC Harris loved their notes that would be great :)

People always say to a serviceman or woman "Thank you for your service"...But I think it’s we that need to say thank you to all those that support us in what we do by the love and kindness the show.

Again Thank you and God bless for everything!!!

Jayme Harris


Hello Christine,

As I am approaching my final days here in Afghanistan I would once again like to take a moment to thank you and everyone that has taken their time, effort and resources to help make this deployment for the Soldiers more tolerable.

The many boxes, cards, letters and necessities that everyone has afforded the Soldiers really does make a difference. I want to ensure everyone that puts their heart, effort, and time into these objects, that the care boxes are not viewed by the Soldiers as just boxes, but small fragments of home. When deployed home is a place that can quickly become a dream instead of a reality, a vacation that you look forward to but never seems to come. With all of the support that is provided to the Soldiers from home, home is able to maintain its realism.

Sorry if my writings become repetitive but I cannot stress enough the appreciation and thankfulness that the Soldiers feel for the undying efforts of everyone supporting them.

You have honored me by placing my name on your mailing list, although I am grateful for all you have done it is time to remove me from your list so that some other Soldiers may benefit from your graciousness.

With the new year here I hope that it brings all of your family, loved ones and friends many blessings and good health.

I will be leaving country on 13 Jan, to start what will be as always one of the longest trips home.

I am looking forward to reuniting with my home in Ortonville as well as everything and everyone that comes along with it.

Again thank you for everything that everyone has done for the Soldiers.

God Bless Gods Speed

MSG DANIEL


To the Wives of the Knights of Columbus Michigan District #1

I just wanted to take this time to say thank you for the care package and support. With that being said I will let you know a little bit more about me. I was born in June of 1986 and grew up as a military brat as my Father has served in the Navy. I am from New Plymouth, ID and a fan of Boise State Broncos football team that lost earlier this season to Michigan. I graduated high school in 2005 and had a job working in a machine shop building parts with CNC mills. I decided I wanted to be part of something greater than myself and started looking at the different options the military had to offer. I enlisted in the Marine Corps in October of 2005 as I truly believe in the same values the institution believes in. I then served 4 years at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA as an administrator (0151). I was not allowed to deploy due to being at a non-deployable unit which made me want to change career fields into one of the more deployable jobs the Marine Corps has to offer. I re-enlisted again as an intelligence Analyst (0241) I went on to serve 2 more years in Okinawa, Japan. hapan was a great opportunity to see a different culture and was well worth the experience as the people of Japan are some of the nicest people I have ever met. I love history and it was, also, nice to where our greatest generation had served during WWII. After serving 2 years in Okinawa and a few months in South Korea I was re-stationed to my current unit VMU-3 (fixed wing Marine Unmanned) 29 Palms CA. I am currently deployed with at detachment in Northern Helmand Province Afghanistan. The job can get stressful and the hours worked are demanding but it is very rewarding knowing we can make a difference for boots on the ground. We provide continuous day and night unmanned aerial reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition in support of Marine Air-Ground Task Force. Once, again, thank you for your support I can see it makes a difference in the Marines I am currently deployed with.

Very respectfully,

SGT Kristopher


To the Wives of the Knights of Columbus Michigan:

I have received you packages and wanted to thank all of you fine ladies for putting this together. It still warms my heart that there are fine Americans like yourselves, who care about the young men and women who sacrifice time and lives to keep freedom alive. You ladies sure know what we Marines like and need with our conditions, your packages allow us to step away for a moment and value what we do even more. I’m sure there will be a lasting impact here in our tent from all you caring hearts. I will forever keep you in my thoughts and heart. A little bit about our conditions here....we live and work in a tent. We sleep on cots, we have certain shower times and yes the shower is a tent too. The chow tent is opened 2X per day and serve a limited hot tray. During lunch or or midrats, we cut meals ready to eat to eat (MRE’s). After a few weeks you get used to it. Our base is very secluded and fairly small. Mail drops are 23X a week, however, some times longer. We shave and brush our teeth outside and use port-a-jons since there is no indoor bathroom/toilet. It has been a pleasure and an honor to write this letter to the greatest group of ladies, America has. God Bless and Semper Fidelis.

SSGT Matthew

USMC


To the Wives of the Knights of Columbus Michigan District #1:

I just wanted to thank you for your generosity and the time you all put into putting together the packages for myself and the Marines of my detachment. Our current location does not have many of the amenities we are used to back home and receiving care packages from home brings up the morale of the Marines here.

A little bit about myself. I was born in January of 87 in Germany. My Father was stationed there at the time while serving in the Army. We later moved to Fort Riley, Kansas and shortly afterwards moved back to where Father’s Family was in Washington State. I graduated high school in 2005 and kew the Military was something I wanted to do. So I joined the Marine Corps and left for bootcamp in October of 2005. Throughout my time in the marines I have done many different things and have been many different places. I was part of an Engineering company in Okinawa, Japan and left for Marine Security Guard Duty after that. I guarded Embassies in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and the Philippines. After I returned from MSG duty I decided to change MOS and became a UAV operator. Since becoming a UAV operator I have deployed to Afghanistan twice where I currently find myself yet again. After this deployment I will have about one year remaining and being my transition back in to the civilian world. I am hoping I can find a job in the UAV field utilizing the experience I have gained during my time in the Marine Corps. In the meantime I will be back to rock climbing and enjoying the luxuries of the United States.

Thank you, ladies, again. Your kindness means much more than you may realize to the marines here at Detachment Shukuani.

God Bless you all.

Sergeant Daniel


Dear Desert Angel:

Thank you so much for sending me and my Marines care packages. The toiletries and candy were all a welcome surprise. We are all appreciative of the kindness and support. We have been in the Northern Helmand Province of Afghanistan for almost two months and have had only 3 mail drops since arriving, the first one had nothing for us. We, also have no PX to purchase little things like toiletries or candy, except when the mobile PX makes it up here approximately once a month. Even when the truck makes it up here, it is here for two hours (which can be at any point of the day, like midnight to two AM, like this month). And it is usually picked over as we are at one of the trucks last stops.

The fifteen of us make up about a third of all the Marines on this combat out post, as we are embedded with two battalions from Georgia(the Country not the State). We have become very close knit in the two months we have been up here.

Again, thank you for the support, love prayers and thoughtfulness. Your generosity has gone very far up here. We appreciate your support back home.

Captain Matt


Dear Desert Angel:

On behalf of the soldiers of the 4-9 Infantry Battalion, I wanted to personally thank you and your organization for supporting our Troops with your care packages. I have a job here on the FOB and don’t need to go “outside the wire”, but I watch these guys go out everyday to defend our Nation and to take care of each other. These men and women are the best our Country have. They face rifle fire, mortars, grenades, rockets and lethal IED’s daily without question or hesitation. And I can assure you there is still a lot of fighting going on here in Panjwai District everyday. These troops are beyond brave and selfless. Anything one of us can do for them is greatly appreciated by each of them. I know, I see them receive the packages and dig through them, everything is shared or consumed or used. Your support is invaluable to their moral and fighting spirit.

Again, on behalf of these American Heroes over here, thank you for all that you do. Patriotism is love Country in action. Thanks for being a Patriot!

Very Respectfully,

Bill


Dear Desert Angel & The Wives of the Knights of Columbus MI District #1:

WOW! You all are really angels! What a surprise to to receive your packages. All of the goodies are going to great use. Granola bars, candy, books, hygiene gear (what we call it), oatmeal and so much more. I cannot begin to thank you all enough. My name Cpl Matthew G. A little about me is I love serving my Country. I enlisted 4 years ago after graduating college. It has it’s ups and downs by it brings me joy. I love electronics and everything Apple. I have been a proud Apple user since elementary school (where as you can see they didn’t teach me how to write). I love living a healthy lifestyle. I eat pretty healthy but that has been tough out here, of course. Fitness has, also, been important to me. I have been reading a lot of books since I have been out here before I left the USA I loaded up my Kindle. Your packages are really appreciated and know that everything thing you are all doing is appreciated.

With Love

Matthew


Desert Angel:

Thanks for all of your support and encouragement. It is appreciated. Your dedication and love of soldiers is humbling. Thanks for taking the time for us. Merry Christmas to Desert Angel Volunteers! We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. God Bless all of you.

Barrett


Brownie Troop 70883:

Thanks for the holiday gifts! From Kunduz Province Afghanistan.

US Army Soldiers


Desert Angel:

I am the US Department of Defense Liaison Officer to the German Army here in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan. The American Army Soldiers received your packages of goodies and became very happy that they were remembered. Thanks from all of us. Farrell


Nanette to Salli from Oakland County Sportsman Club

I just skyped with PFC Jayme Harris and she received the care package you guys sent. She was over the top about the letters from the Girl Scout troop. Also says she has started the cross stitch. I can not thank you and the others who participate in this enough. You are all angels. Thank you!


Desert Angel:

Good afternoon. Hope all is well. All as good as can be here 9000 miles away from home. Not much has been going on. Just wanted to say to you and the Desert Angels THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR GIFTS!!!! Had to send you this pic. A little story behind it:

 

The Desert Angels sent a small tree several weeks ago and it went up quickly. was great because you sent stand, extension cord, ornaments etc. Was great fun for everyone to put up. Then, this being a NATO HQ the Romanians sent real Christmas Tree's to us on one of their military planes. As you can see by the picture we at HQ received one. Of course it helps we have quite a few Romanians working here. Anyway, in a lot of the Desert Angel boxes, and let me tell you we received A LOT!!!! were ornaments and gifts for under the tree. Also a lot of Christmas Cards. So, one day when I received 5 boxes we also had some local Afghan workers doing odd jobs in the building. They were sitting on this bench next to me. I started to open the boxes and pull out the ornaments, next thing I knew these 5 men were standing there helping me put the ornaments on the tree! They were so helpful and appreciative of doing this, they couldn't wait for me to pull the next items out of the box to put on the tree. It didn't stop there, then they wanted to put the cards up on the wall. so we got out the tape and hung all the cards, again quite a few, on the wall behind them. Then the cameras came out and pics were done. So, by the Desert Angels working in the way that you do, and the Good Lord working in his mysterious ways, we were able to spread a little Christmas Cheer to a lot of people!!! What a moment!!!! One that I will always cherish after seeing some of the things I have witnessed here. So, God bless you and the Desert Angels for all that you have done in Afghanistan.

Thanks again for all that you do!!

Brian


Desert Angel:

I apologize for sending an email instead of a letter but wanted you to know how much your support of deployed Soldiers is appreciated. I hope you do not mind, but I thanked you "publically" on my blog, www.corbinistan.com, with a "Shoutout".

I will try to send a written letter as well but wanted you to know that I had received your mail so you did not think it just disappeared into a black hole.

I hope you enjoy my postings and will leave a comment if there is anything in particular you may want to know about our adventures here and, pending any security issues, I will do my best to respond.

Best regards and happy holidays.

 SGT Corbin


Dear Studio 93 School of Dance and Louise.

Good evening from Kandahar Air Field (KAF) in Afghanistan. Just received you package of "Christmas Goodies" and what a treat for all!!! Can't express enough how this has helped our spirits during the holidays with everyone being so far from home and their families. All is good here, getting colder and have had rain for the past 2 days so now the flooding begins. Didn't think you would ever hear that it floods in the desert.......but it does pretty badly. Ground/sand is so compact the water cannot drain. So you can imagine the mess it makes. Food here is good but your treats will make up for that. Thanks again for the goodies and thinking about the "troops" here being about 9000 miles from home. Stay safe and God bless you all and God Bless America!!!

Will be re-deploying back to GA in less than two weeks. Thanks to all

of you for supplying such wonderful things to all of us in Afghanistan.

Brian


Good morning,

I am writing on behalf of the men and women serving in Afghanistan at FOB Shoja. I would like to say thank you for all the boxes that you have sent from the kindness of your hearts as Americans. We cannot thank you enough for your never ending support. From one services member I would like to say thank you again for the care package that you all have sent for our men and women.

Thank you,

SSG Sooalo, Tripler


Hello Oakland County Sportsman Club,

I am a member of the club along with being a service member serving with the Army in Afghanistan. After a long and tiring mission on 8 Dec 12, I returned to the FOB and my area to find a few care packages that had been sent to me by the Desert Angels. To my surprise when I opened it there was a note from the Oakland County Sportsmen's Club. I would first like to take a moment to humbly say thank you for not only your support but also, for the time and effort that everyone takes from of their busy days and puts into these care packages and packing parties. These packages do make a big difference in the morale and well being of our Soldiers. All of the thoughts, prayers and goods that are sent in these parcels are appreciated beyond words. When the packages come in the mail, the Soldiers excitement to see them is evident on their faces and actions. When the packages are opened and the items are distributed the stories and memories of home are revisited, and for a few moments, home isn't so far away. It doesn't stop with just the opening of the box but is carried with them as they take what needed items with them and relive such moments at a later time, usually private, when they retrieve what they took with them for either use or enjoyment. It is somehow amazing how a Soldier can take such fulfillment in objects as simple as toothpaste, soap, shampoo, or a certain snack. Things that most people, including myself before my deployments, would think are just meaningless objects or items can have so much worth. Our days and time here is much more manageable due to the thoughtfulness and caring of such individuals and organizations as yourselves. All of us Soldiers know how busy everyone is and the commitment it takes to organize, purchase, pack and send these boxes, believe me it does not go unnoticed. Whenever a package is opened the thank you's, gratifications and pure amazement that people are doing this for us flow from everyone's mouths. Once again on behalf of all of the Soldiers whose deployments are being made more tolerable, and home seem more like a reality instead of a dream I modestly thank you for your support.

God Bless Gods Speed

MSG DANIEL R


Louise and Krew,

I'm assigned in RC-N near Mazar-e-Sharif. One of the other Captains on our team put us (10 member Security Force Assistance Team) on your mailing list, and I received a box today full of all kinds of goodies. I cannot express enough, how much every member of the team appreciates all you do, but there is one thing in particular I wanted to mention.

This is where my Mom (cc'd above) comes into the story. So here I am opening this box with Hershey Bars, gum, and all kinds of goodies, and I find a stocking in the bottom. Inside there is what feels like another box, so I pull it out and find a box full of "Kiffles".

Maybe you call them something different, as the recipe seems a little different than what I am used to, but none-the-less...there it was, a box of Kiffles. These cookies have been in my family since before I can remember. I've never found them for sale any where, nor have I ever seen them other than from my Mom and my Grandparents.

Mom, I love you, and I wanted to connect you with another Kiffle aficionado. I appreciate all the care package you send, and our team is looking forward to Ginger's big delivery for Christmas. Take care and kiss my kids for me, I'll be home for leave in January and will see you all then.

Louise, I looked up Joseph Miracle, and read his story. His sacrifice will not be forgotten, we fight in the memory of our brothers and sisters in arms, known and unknown. Thanks for all you do.

MICHAEL C.

CPT, CAV

A warrior's ferocity is not measured in the breadth of his back, but in the depth of his resolve.


Desert Angels,

Thank you for your continuous support. We got another of your many wonderful "Miracle" Boxes. Your gifts are so uplifting, especially, when we are having a difficult day. I love being able to share everything with my friends here. It's awesome being able yo give the sailors headed to Afghanistan & Iraq some to take with them. Sometimes sailors come back through us, when they have a family emergency & emergency leave. This is a tough time for them & it makes it easier when we have small travel items (shampoo, tooth paste, soap, deodorant) & snacks for the flight, you never know how long it will be before they are home. Those are just a few ways that you care packages are used.

Thank you for your dedication to us and our country. You are doing us a great service.


I just received 4 boxes from your organization today and am extremely grateful for them, as are the Soldiers that I work with. My sister, and her two children were volunteers that helped to pack up these boxes I believe. It is amazing the amount of support that we still receive from outside organizations to provide us with basic daily items and snacks to make our tour of duty here that much more smoother and go by as fast as it possibly can. I want to thank your group on behalf of my Soldiers and myself. Please pass along these words of thanks and gratitude to your team and let them know that we greatly appreciate all that they do.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays.


Hello Louise –

It was such a pleasure to have you come in last night to assist and guide us with our packing party. We respect your love and dedication that you bring to this wonderful program, I know you are making a true difference in our troops lives!!! My neighbor has recently sent her oldest son to California to train with the Marines. Her youngest son is really missing his sibling and found out what we were doing, knocked on our door, and asked if he could join in on the packing party. We of course brought him with us!! I received a call from my neighbor this morning and she expressed just how grateful her family is just knowing there are ANGELS that walk this earth. Through her tears she also said that her son came home feeling like a million bucks – this is why we enjoy participating! Such a small thing can touch everyone involved, the packers and the recipients. Thank You once again for everything you do!!!

PS… and thank you for allowing us to be a part of the joy you spread!!!!

Theresa


Dear Desert Angels,

Thank you so much for the care packages you have sent me. I have loved each of them. It was so nice to get mail and some treats to snack on. I really liked getting the small bible you sent me. I keep it with me every day. I am excited to be coming home soon. My unit is leaving Kandahar in less than 30 days! I am so excited to finally eat lots of yummy food and sleep in my

own bed.

Thank you all again!

Respectfully,

Caitlin


I would like to thank everyone for their hard work a unselfishness in taking the time to pack the boxes for the troops.

I know from doing it in the past that it can be a challenge and bothersome. Let me tell you that all of your hard work does not go unnoticed or unappreciated over here, I not only hear it in the tone of their words of gratitude but see it projected from their faces. There is a different kind of amazement you see from a Soldier when they see/get something that they have been wanting or needing, the way they light up to something as simple as a certain kind of toothpaste, soap, shampoo or some sort of goody that brings back home to then. At times I think that you could give them a winning lottery ticket and it would not hold as much value as opening a care package does.

The things that most people consider simple and wouldn't give a second thought can somehow mean the world to one of our brave Warriors. Maybe that is why when we come back things of importance seem to change for us, things that you thought were important aren't as important or just the opposite the little things that weren't now hold an entirely different value.

Again I thank you and all of the volunteers for their hard work and dedication to our Soldiers for without your support our job would be that much harder.

God bless Gods speed

 


Thank you so much for all the goodies and gifts. I fell in love with the Christmas Stuff Stocking. I am going to place everything by my desk and take a picture. I appreciate the thoughts, prayers and kindness. Ricky


Bark-A-Bout and the Desert K-9's and Desert Angels.

Good morning from Kandahar Airfield Afghanistan. Hope all is well back in the USA. All is well here. Is 0338 am while I am writing this email to "thank all of you" for the great gift boxes that were sent to us this past week. Am currently up watching the Georgia vs Alabama game and enjoying some of the snacks as I type out this email. You cannot imagine how thankful all the military personnel here are when we receive these "boxes from home". Seems like a little ray of sunshine when we open each one. Usually the contents go pretty quickly and any left over have been placed under the Christmas Tree that your organization has also sent. Thank you all for not forgettting about us 9000 miles away. Thanks to you we are able to keep going and fighting to protect our great freedoms. Thanks again!!!

V/R

 CDR Brian


Good afternoon from Kandahar Air Field (KAF), Kandahar Afghanistan!

First, I would like to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE BOX OF "HAPPINESS" YOU SENT TO US! You do not realize how good it makes all of the troops here to know that they are very appreciated and not forgotten by are Civilian Warriors back in the USA!!! Around here during the holidays some can get pretty lonely, but your package brightened up our day when we opened it. It was like a "burst of sunshine and a blast of fresh air" all at once! All of the items inside the box went to good use. The hand made pictures of the "Thanksgiving Turkeys" have gone up around our headquarters and I think most of the food has already been eaten. Amazing how fast "items from home" can go so quickly when you are 9000 miles away from US Soil. I hope all are doing well during these days after Thanksgiving. For us here it was just another work day with a little turkey and mashed potatoes for dinner. Hope that doesn't sound bad but the war continues for us even during the holidays. Someone always has to be protecting the fence and protecting the freedoms that our forefathers fought and gave their lives to protect. WE ARE PROUD TO BE AMERICANS and we are proud to be able to serve and protect those freedoms for all people and knowing that we have Civilian Warriors like yourselves protecting our backs and "watching our six" makes us feel even better! Thank the Good Lord for Citizens like you, your teachers, parents and our fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines.

As Martin Luther King Jr once said "A man who won't die for something is not fit to live" and.......

Sir Winston Churchill " Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few".

 

Once again I Say "THANK YOU, Desert Angels and Belle Ann School."


Today one of the Marines was excited about receiving a pillowcase (oh the things we’ve taken for granted). Little did he know, inside that pillowcase was a message that he would read aloud thanking him for his service, giving him encouragement that someone is praying for him and his family, and that it would have a call for salvation on it. Earlier today throughout our workday we had an opportunity to discuss the Bible and how God wants us to apply it to our lives. My desire is to see him saved and I’m just trying to be a light for him. You never know how God is using you. Please pray that God will save these warriors and use them to ignite a revival in our country (It can happen!). May you continue to lift up the banner and may God add fruit to your account.


Desert Angel:

I have taken some of your Miracle boxes to an area that remains in heavy contact with the insurgents, where supplies come few and far between. When these Soldiers know that a package is coming, they will get out of bed in the middle of the night, use their miniature flash lights or weapon light in order to form a landing zone for the helicopter to land, or to have the boxes kicked out of the door if they are unable to land due to fighting. After watching these Soldiers, they do not need the flash lights to light the LZ, because they light up so much on their own with the knowledge a package is forth coming.


Dear Marya and Desert Angel:

"Thank you"

I want to send you a heartfelt thanks. I'm a contractor in Afghanistan since 2009 and I've been all over the country Bagram, Kabul, Kandahar, Camp Leatherneck, Camp Dwyer. I know that I'm not a service member (I am an Iraqi War Veteran though), but some Marines dropped off one of your care packages for me, so i wanted to take the time to a thank you.

You have every right to be proud of your Navy SEAL and Marine sons.

Take care,

Alex


Dear Desert Angel:

Thank you for your kindness and generosity in sending care packages to the Marines and Sailor of ⅖ here in Afghanistan. They have come at the right time and are greatly appreciated.

LT. Russell


Hello, We would like to thank all of you for your support and care packages you send out. We all appreciate it! Hope you all have a great holiday season! From ODA 7136 7th Special Forces Group here in Afghanistan.


Good Morning! I just found a box with some leftover goodies in it and I also found the picture of the desert angel. I thought I’d let you know how much we appreciate the care packages! It means a lot to know we have a support system like you guys out there. Thanks again.

 

SSgt C. W. Keene


TO: The volunteers of “The Desert Angel”

 

One of your care packages just arrived here in Kuwait, we are a group of Sailors stationed among the Army and I want to tell you that the excitement of receiving a Care Package is like none other. We scrambled for the things each of us like so in the end..nothing is left. On behalf of the Sailors here in Kuwait I want to give a heart felt thank you for your kindness to all of us serving in the desert. Believe me the Mike Minutes are never wasted. It’s just great to know that loving people like yourself can take a few minutes out of your busy lives to remember those of us who are serving so far away from home. Many thanks to all of you and we post the letters up around our work place. Thanks for your prayers and support, it’s greatly appreciated.

 YNC ALFREDIA DEVITA


Dear Louise,

My name is Brian Ballard and I am with the Marines of forward deployed to Afghanistan. My mother, Cheryl Ballard, has been participating in the Desert Angels packing parties and other various events and has told me about all the great things everyone has been doing. I’m sure the VFW children will love their costumes as much as we did the care packages here. Sounds like you have some spectacular people working for great causes. On behalf of all the Marines here I want to say thank you. I look forward to meeting some of these people when I return home around Thanksgiving. I attached a picture of my family away from home. These are the Airframes Division, 25 of around 150 people that maintain the jets here. People that, through what you are doing, have had extra comforts in a not so comfortable place which we would have never had.

 

Sincerely,

Brian Ballard

LCpl / US Marines


Christine of Desert Angels:

Thank you so much, I just to back to this FOB and your box made my day. Thank God I will be going home soon. Back to Bragg N.C. and, hopefully, back to home, home, Michigan to see my Family and Friends. Thank you for every ting your packages are very thoughtful. I have shared with others, so rest assured nothing has gone to waste. God Bless

SGT James


"Thank you"

I want to send you a heartfelt thanks. I'm a contractor in Afghanistan since 2009 and I've been all over the country Bagram, Kabul, Kandahar, Camp Leatherneck, Camp Dwyer. I know that I'm not a service member (I am an Iraqi War Veteran though), but some Marines dropped off one of your care packages for me, so i wanted to take the time to a thank you.

You have every right to be proud of your Navy SEAL and Marine sons.

Take care,

Alex


YOU ARE THE BOMB, Christine E. Karras!!! Just received the one package today with the medical supplies in them and the box of instant noodles. you wouldn't believe it, fight almost occured because of the noodles. you must be reading my mind. As you know in the real world I am a practicing ortho and ed physician assistant, out here they have me in an administrative role only. but, because i am medical everyone in NATO calls me "DOC" and all come running when they are sick or need medical advice. so with the blowing dust the eye drops will work great. also with us "old folks" out here the cooling packets will work for aching bones/joints and all of the hand lotion will help with the dry air and skin. so, everything, I mean everything in that box will/has already gone to good use!!! :) Moods are doing well even with the green on blue shootings. have had huge change overs here, lots of new faces. they all lean on us "old folks" for answers and mentoring with them being new to area. temps have gone down. hasn't been above 92 for past two weeks and am's are really cool. may have to start wearing a hoody in am going to gym. but, all is good and you can't believe how much better you and the Desert Angles make it better. You guys are like the "secret weapon" of happiness out here. :) have read too many articles that Afghanistan is the forgotten war, hope not because the USA still has a lot of troops still pounding the sand. another story. Thanks so much, again for all that you do. God Bless You All!!!!


Hello Louise,

First I would like to thank you for all of the support that you are bestowing unto our Soldiers. I cannot send you the amount of thank-you's I obtained from the Soldiers that have received items from your Miracle Boxes. I have become known as the S9 store, distribution center or even the Afghan Brigade Wal Mart. All this is due to the support from you and others like you. We the Soldiers are very fortunate that you have chosen us to send the packages to. The amount of time and energy that you are putting into these packages is phenomenal and does not go unnoticed. The Soldiers are blessed that you have chosen them to share your kindness with, and they accept all of the stores with a very grateful heart. It is very humbling for us to see the amount of support that your are affording us, we have no way to repay you in your efforts other than to offer you our gratitude, appreciation and admiration.

I have taken some of your Miracle boxes to an area that remains in heavy contact with the insurgents, where supplies come few and far between. When these Soldiers know that a package is coming, they will get out of bed in the middle of the night, use their miniature flash lights or weapon light in order to form a landing zone for the helicopter to land,

or to have the boxes kicked out of the door if they are unable to land due to fighting. After watching these Soldiers, they do not need the flash lights to light the LZ, because they light up so much on their own with the knowledge a package is forth coming. Nothing goes to waste.

A little bit about myself and my somewhat of a connection to the Desert Angels; I am originally from Clarkston Mi, I now have a house in Ortonville, down the road from Cooks Farm Dairy (though I haven't been in it in the last 12 yrs due to deployments). I was at Bull Frogs Bar and Grill, home on leave, the afternoon of Joe Miracles interment. On that day several people came into the restaurant after the funeral and I had the fortunate opportunity, under unfortunate circumstances, to talk to many of the them and learn a little bit about PFC Miracle.

I am now serving in Eastern Afghanistan at FOB Fenty. One of the FOBs/COPs that some of our teams work out of and I myself have used is Cop Honaker-Miracle in Kunar province. I believe if I have been given the proper information, this COP was named for Joe and his sacrifices he made.

The Desert Angels partnered up with Esys Automation, Auburn Hills where my lifelong best friend Mark Heringshausen is employed. Through him I have gotten to know many of his fellow employees. We the Soldiers will be extending the same admiration and gratitude to them, as we are to you and others like you. An all around good group.

Due to all of the kindness, thoughtfulness and endless labors on the part of the caring individuals such as yourself and others like you, our lives and the circumstances in which we survive in, are made a little more endurable. For it is the support of the family, friends, and caring/supporting persons that enables, and provides us the Soldiers, the drive and

determination to get up every day, no matter the conditions or location we need to go, in order to ensure that the blank check we wrote when we signed up is covered.

I have taken enough of your time.

Again by the humblest means and the only means we have, we the Soldiers

say THANK YOU.

God Bless, Gods Speed

MSG Daniel


THANK YOU SO MUCH AND THE DESERT ANGELS for sending those three boxes of GREAT GOODIES!!!! They were a ray of sunlight during such bad times here in Afghanistan with the recent Green on Blue shootings. Things have been a little restricted on post, as you can imagine, and getting those boxes made everyone feel a little closer to home. Must admit I did keep the bag of Doritos in my desk drawer, but they didn't last too long when others got their eyes on them. Everything was........GONE in minutes. Nothing, I mean nothing went to waste. I thought the jar of "almond butter" would hang around a bit, but someone said "I love this stuff". Anyway that went in a flash also. Again you guys are the BOMB for thinking of us about 9000 miles away and to even take the time to purchase, pack then ship is TOO SWEET! Thanks again to all you and the DESERT ANGELS DO!!! Even started a billboard in the hall with your fliers on them. Thanks again from the bottom of our hearts!!! Tosticos were somewhat crushed, but made no difference. still tasted the same and still put a smile on everyones face. It is the thought that after this war has been going on for 10+ years that someone like yourself and the Desert Angels still has the time for us in Afghanistan. You can't imagine how it makes some who never get a box feel soooooo good. :)

Brian


My name is SSG Travis and I am in the Military currently stationed in Afghanistan. Anyway I am not for sure if anyone has told you this or not but I just wanted to say Thank You. Thank you for sending the calling cards. Things like that make life over here easier.


Ma'am,

 I just wanted to say Thank you for all that you and your organization do for the soldiers. I am a 25 year veteran of the Army, currently stationed in Afghanistan and I came across your website on a flyer on the wall. I wanted to send a message to you and tell you how much people like you make a difference in a soldier's life when being deployed. I have been deployed before and I have many young soldiers in my unit that this is their first deployment. I am the First Sergeant for my unit here in Kandahar, Afghanistan and I see the difference that sending a care package or cards from children from schools and just all the thank you notes can make to a young soldier being deployed for the first time.

Thank you all very much for making a difference in a soldier's life!!!

SFC Grace


Christine.

Tosticos were somewhat crushed, but made no difference. still tasted the same and still put a smile on every ones face. It is the thought that after this war has been going on for 10+ years that someone like yourself and the Desert Angels still has the time for us in Afghanistan. You can't imagine how it makes some who never get a box feel soooooo good. :)

 

Brian


Christine:

THANK YOU SO MUCH AND THE DESERT ANGELS for sending those three boxes of GREAT GOODIES!!!! They were a ray of sunlight during such bad times here in Afghanistan with the recent Green on Blue shootings. Things have been a little restricted on post, as you can imagine, and getting those boxes made everyone feel a little closer to home. Must admit I did keep the bag of Doritos in my desk drawer, but they didn't last too long when others got their eyes on them. Everything was........GONE in minutes. Nothing, I mean nothing went to waste. I thought the jar of "almond butter" would hang around a bit, but someone said "I love this stuff". Anyway that went in a flash also. Again you guys are the BOMB for thinking of us about 9000 miles away and to even take the time to purchase, pack then ship is TOO SWEET! Thanks again to all you and the DESERT ANGELS DO!!! Even started a billboard in the hall with your fliers on them. Thanks again from the bottom of our hearts!!!

 

V/R

Brian


Dear Desert Angels:

Thank you for providing me and other Marines with some things that we can’t get out here. I see you are based out of Michigan. I am from Hastings myself, never been to Rochester though. I can’t wait to go back. Life is not much fun here but like I said thank you so much for you time. We really appreciate it.

Sincerely,

Cpl. Ryan


Dear Desert Angels:

My soldiers and I received your care packages yesterday and they were a blessing to us. We don’t have a post exchange here so we can’t buy the items we need.

Opening your packages was like having a birthday and Christmas morning at the same time joy was on every one’s face.

Thank you for your support and generosity especially during these tough times at home.

God bless you, your families and our Country.

Sincerely,

Marc


Desert Angels,

I am extremely appreciative of the numerous packages I have received from you since last December during this deployment to Afghanistan. On several occasions, when I was critical on coffee supply, a package from you would arrive and save the day. Everything in your Miracle Boxes helped my Marines and I out a lot and we are thankful for your support. We will be redeploying back to America within the next couple weeks so please remove me from your mailing list. Again thank you very much. Sgt B

 


While traveling this week my chaplain and I visited our C-IED team in Kandahar. On the wall I read your team card and noticed you are from Metamora. Wanted to first thank you for your kind thoughtfulness and generosity. Also, wanted to let you know I grew up in Mt. Morris and for several years as a kid my family would attend the annual weekend at the Metamora Campground. I remember being locked in the stockade, collecting the admission pins, and the log cutting contests. Also remember the many log items cut with a chainsaw. What great fun! Thanks for the care packages you send and for the walk through the memory garden.

Much appreciated!


Dear Girl Scout Troop 60096 and 13400 Ms. Simpson Class of 5th Graders:

To you all a great team of Jr. Girls Scouts who made their voices heard half way around the world.

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!

We wish you a great celebration, fireworks and cookout to celebrate the birth of our Nation.

We received all your Care Packages and thoughtful gifts. For that we are grateful and very much appreciate all your hard work and deliberate planning to keep us taken care of. All the things you sent us to use and the food to enjoy have been distributed and it was made know that the Girl Scouts 60096 and 13400 did it for us.

This thoughtfulness helps us to remember you back home and you are the reason we are here. We are honored that you think about all of us soldiers in this deployment to Afghanistan. Our Mission here is to bring peace and prosperity to the people of Afghanistan and especially their your people. So it goes without saying that I want to take time to write back to all of you as a group and wish you well. I want to thank you all on behalf of our team and tell you what a thoughtful wonderful job you have done for our Troops.

So keep your head high and walk tall that as a scout you have succeeded to influence war and peace and have encouraged your deployed American troops. For this we salute you all!

Thank you and we all appreciate your heart felt gifts and care packages which you sent us. From all of us here Than you!

CPT Felix Gregorian


Louise:

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the box full of wonderful goodies!

We received it yesterday, and already filled up our snack boxes with the treats. I scooped up some of the perfume (it felt great to smell like a girl again), and we've put the badminton set by the door to bring it out when the wind dies down. The socks were a big hit, too! The greeting cards are always welcomed, since we can mail cards for free from here when we have the time to write them. I know my kids like getting cards in the mail. It was truly terrific for your organization to have done this. Thanks again for making our day that much brighter, and our deployment a little more enjoyable. Take care,

Jennifer


Dear Louise:

The Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan (CSTC-A) would like to extend our sincere appreciation for your recent donation. Your donation of clothing, toys, and school supplies are given to the local Afghans. The toiletries, food and books are given to the military personnel here at forward bases.

We complete multiple mission per month. Our missions have included the Kabul Orthopedic clinic which fits Afghans with prosthetics and provides free rehabilitation to more than 10,000 patients a year, the Indira Ghandi Children's Hospital, several schools, Zabuli Education Center for Girls & Women, MIRMUN girl’s or orphanage, and numerous refugee camps for the Hazarah and Kuchie tribes. Most of the refugees live in mud huts, tents or buildings made of rubble and ruins. During any one visit we can serve as few as 10 families to as many as 300. Each family receives several large plastic bags filled with clothing, socks, shoes, hats, gloves, blankets and bags of rice beans and lentils. During the winter months the families receive a bag of coal for heating along with food supplies.

It is your generous donations that make these trips possible. The donations given to the Afghans were from Americans just like you. These interactions we refer to as winning the hearts and minds of the Afghan people.

Items we give to the needy include conservative clothing for the men, women and children, socks, shoes, winter coats, hats gloves, blankets, schools supplies, bags of rice, beans or lentils and toys...lots of toys. We are prohibited from giving the Afghans religious items or anything requiring batteries or electricity.

Chaplin Gore


Jr. Girl Scouts,

 

All of us from the CATCC division onboard the USS Enterprise, would like to thank you all for the wonderful care package. It means a lot to us knowing that our hard work is appreciated. Continue to do well in everything you do, you are a blessing to us all. Thanks again.

 

CATCC Division

USS Enterprise


Hi Christine,

I received your packages a few days ago and distributed them between the kennels, hospital and vet clinic personnel. Thank you so much for taking the time to send care packages to us, it really means a lot to a lot of people.

Jim


Louise.  Wanted to take the time and let you know how much your "care packages" are appreciated here in Kandahar Air Field Afghanistan!!!  All is going well here, but getting hotter and the wind is picking up so it really blows the sand around.  Kinda like being at the beach, sand a lot finer, then the wind blowing about 20mph.  kinda gets everywhere.  But, all is good.  The packages you guys send are placed around the coffee table and we all pick through them for stuff we need.  Thanks again for all of if, but we hate for people to waste any money.  So, don't misunderstand this, but we really don't need the stationary cause we have email.  No offense.  The candy is really great but for some reason we can't get peanuts/pretzels and natcho chips here?  we still haven't been able to figure it out.  One soldier gets boxes of salsa from his native town but we can't find any nacho's.  Course we figure the nacho's would all get crushed anyway.  but even the pieces would be nice!!!  We really appreciate all that you do for us while we are here.  I work for NATO and many of the forces here are from foreign countries and they are jealous with all of the boxes we get.  But, we share here because we are all in the same boat, or desert hole!!!  But again, from the bottom of our hearts THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR US!!!!!  If you have any questions or just want to say "hi", just email. 

P S:  COFFEE WOULD BE GREAT!!  NOT THE EXPENSIVE STUFF, US GI JOES/NAVY/MARINES LIKE THE COMMON STUFF.  THANKS AGAIN!!! 

V/R,

Commander Brian 

USN, Medical Advisor NATO


Louise –

   I am writing to inform you that we received your generous package, and we are very appreciative that you took the time to pack and send us this gift.  We would also like to convey our deepest gratitude for all your thoughts and prayers. 

 

Thanks again,

 

Christina


Dear Desert Angels Inc.:"Thank You!"

To the staff of "The Desert Angel Inc."

My name is Rudy Arrieta. I am a Sergeant Major in the United States Marine Corps and I'm currently assisged as the 3D Marine Aircraft Wing Forward Sergeant Major here at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

I wanted to personally thank your entire staff for the wonderful gift that I / we have received. Our Marines and Sailors have been overwhelmed with continued support from various organizations throughout the United States and I make it a personal mission of mine to reach out to those who support us with a humbled Thank You.

My address was obviously given to you by someone and I appreciate that, but if I may, I'm including a few names of two Marines and one Navy Corpsman that work here alongside me that would be thrilled to receive one of your miracle boxes. 

Thank you and God bless you all.

R/s

Rudy


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Desert Angel 

Many thanks for the 21 boxes that you sent me.  Your boxes in combination with the Vietnam Veterans from Mi and the "Ruthless Riders" organization we received enough packages to give every Solider under 25 years old either a stocking or one of the boxes you sent.  I especially like the bibles.

Many thanks

CPT Alan


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Dear Desert Angels:

Thank you so much for the care package.  I sincerely appreciate your kindness and generosity.  It definitely brightened the holidays here on our COP.  It is always good to know that people are thinking about us during this time of year when we are so far away.  People like you are what makes our Country so great!  Thank you!

Kelli

ILT, MI


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Desert Angel:

My deepest thanks for all of the 21 boxes you sent to my Troopers.  We had only enough of this type of thing to give all of my Jr. Troops a stocking.  With your help that expanded to cover most of my Sergeants.  Please know that organizations like yours make a real difference.

Many Thanks

Workhouse 06


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Ladies and Gentlemen:

On behalf of the Marines and Sailors of Regimental Combat Team Eight (RT-8) I would like to thank you for your care package.  Your generosity in sending care packages to encourage and support our Marines and Sailors in very much appreciated and is a definite morale booster.

After numerous attempts to locate you addressee, your package was redirected to the FOB Chapel.  Be assured that although your package did not reach its intended recipient it has benefited many other Marines and Sailors through out our area of Operations.

When we receive the care packages we sort them out of distribution.  Some are sorted into hygiene supplies and food items and placed in our Troop Store at the chapel.  Everyone is welcome to come by and get what they need.  We, also, periodically tak ethe Troop Store on the road to those too busy standing guard or working distant from the chapel.  

Other Care packages we take with us when we visit Marines and Sailors "outside the wire".  All the items help the Marines and Sailors because we can not always get the necessary supplies that we need.  Every treat, piece of candy, and hygiene item reminds the Marines and Sailor that they ate being thought of back home which help them get through the day.

It is wonderful to know that people such as yourselves are willing to help us bring a little bit of home to our Service Members who are so far away from theirs.  We deeply appreciate your kindness, generosity, and prayers for the men and women in uniform that have sacrificed so much by serving here.  Once again, thank you for your generosity.

LCDR David

Regimental Combat Team & Chaplin


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Dear Desert Angels:

On behalf of the Marines and Sailors of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, thank you all for the kindness and generosity you have shown our unit recently by sending us care packages items.  All the items (as well ad the "love, hope and prayers) are greatly appreciated and the snacks and candy in particular are disappearing quickly and being put to good use.  I can assure you.  It is patriotic American like you all that enable us to get the job done over here and keep going even when the going gets tough. We are genuinely grateful for all your encouragement and support.  All of you are a blessing and we pray God's richest blessing on all of you and your families.

Thank you, again. 

Sincerely,

Chaplain John

1st Reconnaissance Battalion


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Dear Gabriel,

I am sooo happy to receive your letter and Christmas Card!  Thank you so very much!  I am s SSGT and I have been in the Marine Corps for 12 years.  I live in Wyandotte, MI we call it Downriver.  I work side by side with Army Soldiers, but the Marines are better.  I am a Robot Technician and   I work on and repair the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Robots.  I have a very important job!  The EOD Marines go and look for the Improvised Explosive Devices (IED's) and when they find them they send out a robot to detonate the IED.  Sometimes the robots do not come back in one piece.  When the robot does get blow up I have to fix it.  It is better to have the robot get blown up than a Marine.  The robots save lives.  So I am not directly involved in the front line, but my robots I repair save Marine's lives.  Some of the robots I work on are called the Talon, Marcbot, Packbot, Mini-EOD, Fastac, Sand Flea this one jumps!  T-Hawks this one flies! We, also, have a BIG ROBOT!  It is called the DOK-ing and he clears land mines and IED's making a pathway for our big trucks to follow.  I have 2 purebred imported from Germany, German Rottweiller's.  They only understand Getman commands and we do not speak English to them.  I like the color blue and I love being a Marine!  I have a beautiful wife.  I, also, love to do Toys for Tots events (T4T's)!  I do a lot of them!  If you can watch the TV show I think it is called Afghanistan Bomb Patrol you can see the robots in action or look them up on the internet!  I am sorry to hear about your grandma.  I was not so good at math when I was in school.  I loved to play soccer when i was in school.  One day maybe you will get a pet??? Thank you so much for saying thank you and thinking about me while I am away and you are very welcome.

Semper Fidelis 

SSG Jesse


Dear Desert Angels, Am dropping you a note to thank you so much for the packages that you send over to Afghanistan. I am not sure exactly how one of your package made its way to my area, but I thank you for your kindness. I am in the Engineering Directorate here at Camp Eggers in Kabul and we're busy managing an $11Billion construction program building facilities for the new Afghan Army and the Afghan Police force. It's a worthwhile and demanding mission that is fueled largely by a steady flow of hot coffee and sugary snacks, LoL!

My non-American co-workers (Korean, Italian, Canadian) are amazed at the level of support we get from regular citizens at home in the form of boxes, letters, parades, etc. They say it's NOTHING like that in their countries and that they, the soldiers, are invisible at best. We are, indeed, blessed by the support of folks like you. So your generosity is especially appreciated here.

I have attached a few photos. Kabul is having one of its coldest and snowiest winters in about 25 years. One is a recent picture of inside an MRAP. Yep, our mother dresses us alike. Thanks for your care and support and best wishes for 2012! God bless, Sam


My heart is heavy......R.I.P. Corporal Conner Lowry

Cpl. Conner T. Lowry, 24, of Chicago, Ill., died March 1 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Corporal Lowry is a MARINE we had been sending MIRACLE Boxes to..In fact we packed him a few MIRACLE Boxes at the Wojo's Packing Party....Please pray for this family.....


Count down to going home is 12 days!!

  

Guess what. That package I heard about, it was from you. It came yesterday and I picked it up today. Thank you so much for all the stuff you put in there. I already found someone to take the second coffee mug. I'm keeping the other one. The supplies are good. Our stuff is running out and the new guys haven't gotten theirs started yet. Already down 2 boxes of Somoas. They went quick. If I had put all of them out, I'm sure they would have finished them. I kept one for my room.

 

Thank you again

Mike


Yes I got them and what was so great is I was able to hold onto boxes and give them to the new guys right away. That was they would feel the love from them right when they got here. We have worked out the Chinook Santatwo... That is the way he did it. I will re-post the info on Face Book soon.

 

Thank you for all you have done and are doing. My self and all the other guys and gals really thank you.

 

Thank again,

SGT Paul Roberts 


Dear Everyone at Desert Angels:

"THANK YOU"

I would just like to send everyone a BIG THANK YOU for all of your support since I've been here in Afghanistan. Words cannot express my gratitude for the boxes you have sent. Fortunately, our team will be leaving here by end of March instead of June as planned. I just wanted to pass the information to you, that way you can send your boxes to another group that may need them. 

Again, THANK YOU for your support to us. GOD BLESS and THANK YOU!!!!!!

Thank you from Trixie Coffman of Martinsville, IN

Stationed in Afghanistan 


Dear Louise,

I just wanted to write to you and your organization today and say thank you for sending the package.  It is a warm sign from home to get packages.  I have known Chuck since we went to the OSI academy in 2005 and had the opportunity to meet the parents responsible for raising the closest friend I have ever had.  Chuck and I instantly became friends and have remained so since parting ways at the academy.  Thankfully, we were reunited again when I was transferred to D.C. shortly after he started working for the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS).  He asked me before I left what I needed or thought I would need and I said nothing, which was true I just didn’t realize how much just having a package delivered makes your day.  I come from a family of Retired Air Force, to include my father, his two brother’s and one sister, my younger brother is now reserves after he did his four years on active duty and my sister is married to a TSgt stationed in Mildenhall, UK.  Also my late Grandmother on my father’s side was a nurse in the Navy and my late Grandfather flew planes in WWII and the Korean War.  My maternal Grandfather was also in the Navy and fought in WWII.  So all in all this is basically a family tradition. 

 

The military has brought me many things and provided me with everything I have ever known, and for that I am thankful.

I tell people to do what you guys do and thank a Soldier, Airman, Marine, or Sailor.  The smallest things like a package with cards from children, a magazine, or cookies, makes the biggest difference and helps to ease the mind.  Because while people in the United States are talking about who will win the election or what can be done to change things with oil prices, that military member has no time to think about it.  His thoughts are consumed with whether he will make it through this tour to go home and see his children, will an IED blow up and take his life before he gets to see his parents, will a mortar drop before he is able to tell his wife how much he loves her, or most importantly will his family be able to survive if God takes him to heaven; will he have the courage to take another human’s life in order to save the life’s of his brothers – will he just make it until tomorrow.  So thank you guys for what you do because it really makes a difference. Please tell everyone we are so very thankful for the support and to always keep us in their prayers.

 

Very Respectfully ,

Jeff Special Agent, USAF 

Air Force Office of Special Investigations

Camp Sather, Baghdad, Iraq 


Hello Desert Angles,

My name is Justin, I'm Active Duty Air Force. I'm currently deployed to Kuwait and I've received many miracle boxes from your origination. I can't even begin to tell you how happy it makes me and my whole squadron every time we get the mail. I couldn't possibly thank all of you enough for what you do for us. My team and I appreciate it so much, you always bring a smile to so many people out here. It makes doing our job so much more meaningful. You really are making a huge difference in the lives of many many people and helping make this world a better place! Thanks again for all that you do.

Sincerely, 

A1C Justin


Hello my friends,

 

We can never "Thank you ALL" enough for all your hard work, time, money and energy you have put into making Desert Angels, Inc. what it is today. I received this email on July 4th and thought I would share with you all, this soldier is in Columbia:

 

Dear Desert Angels,

 

I just received another Miracle box, thanks so much - I will send these out to the troops that were on the ground when the American hostages were released, they will really appreciate it.

Unfortunately, I have a difficult time sending photos of the troops receiving things - first, they are "special" troops and don't usually have photos taken, second is that I am not present when they receive the packages as I have to send them forward by helo or plane to get to their remote locations.  For most of the children, I am either present or I have contacts that are there who can take photos for me.

The troops constantly send me thanks to you guys for your support though.  As far as what they need, hygiene items, snacks, protein bars and powder - those are the most asked for items.

Thanks again for your support, happy 4th of July, take care,

 

I know that some golf, but I don't think they ever dreamed about receiving clubs. I have 50 soldiers in a remote area right now that will really appreciate all of it, thank you so much for your support.

Randy


Desert Angels,

Thanks for your continued support.  I received several of your packages recently.  I sent a letter via snail mail, but the last three boxes came after I sent it.  We recently had a fire where several Marines lost everything.  Fortunately there were no injuries.  It just so happened that I had three boxes and was looking for Marines who haven't received a package recently.  I gave the boxes to those Marines.  I can't tell you who, but I hope they write you.  I know for a fact that they needed that lift and got it.

 

You've done so much.  Much more than I can fathom.  It's truly the Lord's work, probably thankless much of the time.  Let me say thanks from the Marines in Camp Fallujah.  By the way, I'm from a small town just north of you, Flushing.  It's west of Flint.  It's good to see Michiganders doing so much good!

Semper Fi, CWO2 David  - Iraq


Thank you so very much for the boxes of goodies you sent us. Words cannot tell you how pleased we were to receive them! Please be advised that all the goodies we did NOT use, we gave to my counterparts in the Afghan National Army. The Afaghns LOVE goodies for the US and when we give them these kinds of things, it goes a long way in fostering teamwork and good will. You have no idea just how much you did today for our efforts in the war against evil! With Utmost Gratitude, Philip, Afghanistan

 

"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."


Carole Carroll (Founder of “Miracle Quilts),

Many blessings to you, your church and volunteers for the wonderful work, providing gratitude and service to our wounded servicemen and women.  We have distributed all of your “Miracle Quilts” (approximately 60) to our wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Hospital, as well as Fort Meade Army Hospital, Richmond V.A. Hospital and Fairfax, VA Memorial Hospital.  The recipients were thrilled and grateful that strangers would go to such lengths to provide gifts of handmade quilts to show their appreciation for the sacrifices of our young men and women. 

Enclosed is a partial list of quilt recipients from my notes.  Quilts were distributed between June 2010 and February 2011.  I hope you received the addressed, stamped reply cards from the recipients (that we provided with each quilt), thanking your volunteers for their thoughtfulness and generosity.

Quilt Recipients

 

We also wish to acknowledge the efforts of Louise Downs, founder of the “Miracle Boxes” sent to our deployed troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, and to acknowledge our 173d Gold Star Mother Judy Miracle whose son Joseph  (KIA July 5, 2007), was the inspiration for both “Miracle Quilts” and “Miracle Boxes”.

This project could not have been accomplished without the assistance of my cohorts, John Smith, Jr., Mick Weisinger, Terry Modglin and the Casualty Assistance Liaison at Walter Reed, SFC Robert Anderson.  Health issues in the past year or so have slowed me down.  Sorry I’m late getting you up-to-date.

AGAIN, THANKS FOR YOUR COMPASSION AND COMMITMENT!

Gene Weeks

John Smith, Jr.

Liaisons for Walter Reed Army Medical Center 


Dear Desert Angels,

This is lcpl Brent  of the united states marine corps with 1st light armored recon batt. and I just received your care package you sent me! first I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, you don’t know how much that means to my marines and I. Everything you sent me was perfect, I will use and share all of the goodies you sent me. I was getting really short on hygiene things so thank you for everything it was like Christmas morning for me when I got to open the care packages. I just want you guys know how much this means to us out here because we are living out in the middle of the desert and you ladies and gentlemen live up to your name DESERT ANGLES!  Well I wanted to give you guys little history of  myself because I see that you are part of the Oakland county sportsmen’s club, I grew up in Clarkston and I graduated  from Clarkston high school in 2006. I then took criminal justice classes for a year at ou. After my freshman year I decided to go after my dream of serving my country and being a part the USMC brotherhood. I’m current duty station is Camp Pendleton, CA. We are currently fighting in southern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. We have been really successful with our missions but on our last mission we left our head quarters base the day after xmas an on our convoy out to the bazzar(village) we hit another IED in our MRAP vehicle. Everyone was fine I hurt my neck And few cuts and shoulder was smash pretty hard from the blast. We are getting some rest and getting our gear ready to go back out for the next mission. Good news is we got word that our brother Co. 3rd LAR is coming out to replace us in April. Well again I can’t thank you enough for what you ladies and gentlemen are doing for us out here. Could you do one thing for me, Tell the kids from Rochester middle school that put the letters in the box that I was soo happy to get their letters and to read them. It means so much to us that people still care about what we do for the country and makes us proud to be MARINES. I would of like to write them but I don’t know the address so if you could pass this on to the kids of Rochester middle, I would appreciate it. Again you guys are angels an thank you for all the love and support for the troops overseas. Keep us in your preys. Fill free to email me back I have internet access once a month. Love to hear from the desert angels!!

lCpl Brent


"Just wanted to let all of you know that I/we have received more packages :) The snacks/candy/health care packages are always appreciated. Don't know who thought of it, but our bomb sniffing K-9 friends, enjoy the dog treats. "


To Everyone at The Desert Angel,

 

My name is CW3 Mike  and I would like to thank each and every one of you for what you have done for myself and for my fellow service members. I must first, however, apologize for the lateness of this reply. I, unlike most, was lucky enough to be on R&R during the holidays. I got to spend Christmas and New Year's with my family. I did see a lot of Facebook posts from the guys here talking about the packages you sent. There was even pictures of the stocking you sent being hung on the walls on Christmas Eve. Most everyone got to see their stocking first thing Christmas morning. I received mine this morning. Again, Thank You All from the bottom of my heart.

 

As for my personal gift bearers, I would like to thank you personally. There were a couple of different e-mails included with the cards and letters, so I am sending this to all of them I could find. I hope you all get this.

 

First, Thank you Christine Karras for sending me the package. Your name was on the mailing label and your letter was inside. I did receive the package in good health and hope that you are having the same. I will enjoy all the items included, you have given more than I could have asked for. Thank you for prayers and all you do. You will also be in my prayers, God Bless.

 

Second, Josh from 135 O'Flaherty's Third Grade Class Thank you for your Christmas wish. It was a Very Merry Christmas. I hope yours was the same. I will make sure I make it home safe. Thank you.

 

Third, Mackenzie, Thank you for your Christmas wishes and for your personal thank you for my hard work. Your thanks makes all the work worth while. I would like to say Thank You for your gratitude and I will promise NOT to get hurt. Thank you.

 

Forth, Nicholas from 6th grade, Thank you for telling me about yourself. I doubt you are doing much swimming right now, but I hope you might be able to build another snow tunnel. It actually snowed here both yesterday and today. We have about 4 inches on the ground. I doubt I'd be able to tunnel very far. Take care of that hamster. My holiday season was awesome, I hope yours was too. Thank you.

 

Fifth, Daniel the 11 year old from Rochester Hills, Thank you for telling me about you, your family and your pets. I think your fish needs a name. After all, Princess and Stoney both get names. I also like hockey. Being from Virginia, I didn't get much chance to play. It is fun to watch. My favorite Team is the NY Rangers. Wouldn't you know it, the one season I don't get to watch any of the games is the one season they are on top of the East. I hope you got the Ipod you wanted. Don't feel sorry for me, I actually got lucky enough to make it home for Christmas. As for the "pat on the back", your letter did even better than that. Thank you so much. As a die hard Ranger fan I can believe I am going to say this, but, GO RED WINGS!!!

 

Lastly, All of you that I didn't mention by name, THANK YOU!!! If you don't get at least 5 of these e-mails a day, you have NOT been thanked enough. All you do is a blessing to all of us. I can't say it enough, so I'll say it one more time, Thank You All.

 

CW3 Mike 

Bravo Company


Louise, 

I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year and thank you again for all the care packages you have sent.  Also, my unit will be re-deploying shortly and will no longer be able to receive mail.Thank you for your prayers and support.

I just wanted to let you know that 17 of the boxes arrived today.  They were thrilled when they opened them and found them full of candy.  Everyone was quickly grabbing their favorites.  You have really brightened the day for some of the Soldiers that are getting ready to experience their first holidays away from home. I've attached a picture of most of the section so you can put a face to some of the Soldiers you are supporting. Thank you again for your prayers and support.

v/r CPT Jon "Ed"


Louise,

I just wanted to thank you and the many contributors to the Desert Angle Boxes.  The soldiers in my unit very much appreciated the thoughtful gifts. They arrived a few days after Christmas and were a very welcome surprise. A special thank you to Studio 93 School of Dance, Miracle Quilts, and Desert K-9s. I know there were hundreds of anonymous donors who gave contributions and of their time but we could identify these few. We wish everyone responsible for this kind act a Happy and Prosperous 2012.

Our Prayers are with all of you. Respectfully MAJOR Robert


Dear friends, 

Words cannot begin to express how grateful our platoon is for your amazing generosity.  Knowing that people like you are willing to donate your precious time and money to support our well-being is a huge morale boost.  Not to mention that you guys have been doing this for a whole decade.  Truly amazing!!!!  While some of us are deployed for the 3rd or even 4th time, many of us are here for the first time.  Either way, your love and caring will never be taken for granted or go unnoticed.

We are a medical platoon stationed at Bagram Airfield.  There are about 2 dozen of us total, to include two doctors, one physician assistant (PA), and an assortment of combat medics, both Army and Air Force.  Your generous gifts are shared amongst the platoon members as well as many of our patients.  Many of the items you guys sent, such as pillow cases, toiletries, and snacks are sometimes hard to find at the nearby post exchange, which is hard to believe since we've fighting this war for nearly 10 years now.   Our daily operations consist of treating patients here on base as well as providing medical coverage on the numerous combat missions all across the region.

Again, thank you for your love and support.  You truly are Angel to all of us and will always be in our prayers.

v/r, Brady


As my time in Afghanistan draws to close, I think about all the people who helped me, and my brothers and sisters in arms, while we were here. Your organization brought a lot of cheer to us over here, to which I'm amazingly thankful. Some people here only received packages from organizations such as yours, if it wasn't for you, they may have lost hope. Thank you very much, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and have a Blessed New Year. Thank you, Christopher


On behalf of the 107TH Fighter Squadron, thank you for all of the care packages you have sent to us during our deployment to Afghanistan.  We appreciate all of the items you have spent time, money and effort to send our way.  The packages you sent helped make our stay here a little more enjoyable.  Since there is no way we could consume all of the good things you have sent, we have been giving some boxes to the Army units who go out on patrols.  They in turn usually take them out into the villages and give some of the candy to the Afghan children, which is a pretty cool thing for those kids.  Most of them probably have rarely had much candy in their lives.  Keep up the good work. 

Merry Christmas, The 107TH Fighter Squadron


Dear Desert Angels, Thank you very much for the care packages! It lifted our holiday spirits and we appreciate you taking the time and effort to think of us out here in Afghanistan. Happy Holidays! Respectfully,  Samir


Thank you sincerely, for the Care Package.  Your thoughts and prayers mean the world and the package is very much appreciated.  My wife and 3 kids are in North Carolina. I have spent 24 years in the Air Force and my oldest just enlisted in the USAF.  I am currently serving a 1-year tour at the US Embassy in Baghdad helping to train the Iraqi Air Force to stand on their own.  Thank you for your support! Warmest Regards,  V/R  Capt. Denny 


Desert Angels, , As a military spouse, I would like to say THANK YOU for all that you do for our troops. About a month ago, you sent my husband and his unit A LOT of great Miracle Boxes and calling cards. So many, in fact, that the boxes were given out beyond his unit into other units! What a great testament to how much we care about all of our troops! Thank you and God Bless you and our troops!


Just wanted to let all of you know that I/we have received more packages :) The snacks/candy/health care packages are always appreciated. Don't k

Carl & Linda Hayes; Thank You for the personal card. It is my honor to serve all Americans. I will be retiring in the spring, after 26 yrs in the Air Force.

Thanks to; Kathy Walbeck and the Smith Family, for pocket sized Bibles and  General Motors for the phone cards.

Thanks to everyone; for the personal Christmas cards with phone cards included.

Thanks also to; General Motors Company and the Retail Sales Support Team, for making packages like these possible through time and donations.

We also have a lot of young kids outside our location, that benefit from these packages also. I have been skimming off the top of packages and taking stuff to these kids. The smiles on their faces are amazing. They can speak enough English to have conversations with them. They try and teach me their Dari language, but they know more English than I will ever know of Dari. These small tokes for the kids, I feel go a long way toward the future. I've been involved in Boy Scouts for 35 yrs, and enjoy the ability to influence their lives and the future. I've given them a task to keep the sidewalk clean outside our installation, and they do a good job of it. they look forward to seeing me as much as I do them :). If your organization has the ability to send coats/shoes/socks/hats, for kids say 5-18, that would be awesome. It has been getting into the lower 20s here at night, and my wallet can only help just so far. Thanks again, from all of us here.

Merry Christmas!!!! BRIAN 

now who thought of it, but our bomb sniffing K-9 friends, enjoy the dog treats.


 Hello, my name is Mauro  and I'm a soldier from 1-5 IN, 1-25 SBCT. My group and I received a couple of Miracle Boxes from you guys and it really brightened up our COP with holiday cheer. I want to thank you guys for what you do for us soldiers and for how long you've been doing it. Congratulations on your 10th Year Anniversary. I don't know how often you guys receive thank you letters, but I know that i speak for my group as well as others when I say "Thank You!"


Louise,

       I just wanted to thank you and the many contributors to the Desert Angle Boxes. The soldiers in my unit very much appreciated the thoughtful gifts. They arrived a few days after Christmas and were a very welcome surprise. A special thank you to Studio 93 School of Dance, Miracle Quilts, and Desert K-9s. I know there were hundreds of anonymous donors who gave contributions and of their time but we could identify these few. We wish everyone responsible for this kind act a Happy and Prosperous 2012. Our Prayers are with all of you.

Respectfully

MAJOR Robert A Gagnon

SFA Team Leader (Security Force Advisor Team Leader)

PAKTIKA Province Afghanistan 


Dear friends,

    Words cannot begin to express how grateful our platoon is for your amazing generosity.  Knowing that people like you are willing to donate your precious time and money to support our well-being is a huge morale boost.  Not to mention that you guys have been doing this for a whole decade.  Truly amazing!!!!  While some of us are deployed for the 3rd or even 4th time, many of us are here for the first time.  Either way, your love and caring will never be taken for granted or go unnoticed.

 We are a medical platoon stationed at Bagram Airfield.  There are about 2 dozen of us total, to include two doctors, one physician assistant (PA), and an assortment of combat medics, both Army and Air Force.  Your generous gifts are shared amongst the platoon members as well as many of our patients.  Many of the items you guys sent, such as pillow cases, toiletries, and snacks are sometimes hard to find at the nearby post exchange, which is hard to believe since we've fighting this war for nearly 10 years now.   Our daily operations consist of treating patients here on base as well as providing medical coverage on the numerous combat missions all across the region.

    Again, thank you for your love and support.  You truly are Angels to all of us and will always be in our prayers.

v/r,

Brady Simpkins, PA-C

1LT, SP

10th SBTB Physician Assistant


To the staff of Desert Angels,

 

As I went to the APO to check if I had gotten a package I noticed some open boxes full of goodies that someone had sent. As soldiers started to remove the contents of the box they didn’t seem to notice the card that had dropped to the floor, perhaps because they were preoccupied with consuming the goodies. I was curious to see what the card said and it turned out to be a picture of the Desert Angels staff. THIS photo now hangs above my Cot in my room.  Folks I can’t begin to express the amount of sincere gratitude I have for those that would take the time, love and consideration for us GIs that are stationed overseas. The amount of generosity that Desert Angels has provided to soldiers In Iraq and Afghanistan is overwhelming to say the least. As we endure our own hardships overseas it is comforting to know that we are supported by those whose liberties we are charged with defending. Your kindness and dedication have left me in awe. You are the reason why we serve this great nation. Your efforts are greatly appreciated here on the frontlines, and I personally thank you for all that you do. May God bless each and every one of you! 

 

Sincerely,

JASON 


Family from Texas:

 "my son was wounded not even a week in to this depolyment but has keep up the good work and is still in the fight , he had mentioned the desert angels and i thought i would check it out ,had asked aroud about your organazation and heard nothing but great thing,, yall are doing a wonderful job, keep up the awsome work.."


Good morning;

       I wanted to thank you for sending the recent boxes.  I just returned from a trip and when I got back there were several dozen boxes. So we had a box opening party.  I'm not a hundred percent sure what all came in all the boxes, but I can tell you that everyone was very excited and everything miraculously disappeared.  Thank you again for everything.


just got an email from my son, who received a message from his friend Kevin Wade in Afghanistan!!   he got his Miracle Package!!

here's his message:

"hey man, what's going on? i just got a package, it was really cool. tell your mom i said thank you, it meant a lot and the letters were nice. some of the other guys got a kick out of some of the stuff too, but those snackpack puddings were hidden for only me LOL. anyways, if you can tell your mom and she can tell whoever else was involved i'd appreciate it. take care man"


I am the Executive Officer for 576th Engineer Company and we just received care packages from your organization.  I cannot express my gratitude for your organization and what you do for our Soldiers.  We have the necessities out here and we enjoy what we do, but it is always a treat and a blessing when we receive packages from those back home.  The kindness and generosity that you all express when you send these packages truly makes us remember why we are doing what we do.  Congratulations on your 10th anniversary of sending your Miracle Boxes and giving back to the Soldiers. Thank you again and please let me know if there is anything that we can do for you.  You truly are Angels.

 

V/R,

 

John Kubeika

CPT, EN

XO, 576th Engineer Company


Dear My Angels:

"Thank you"

I would like to say THANK YOU, once again I have received your packages, and once again you all have brought smiles to me and my fellow soldiers. "Thank you" doesn't even begin to describe my gratitude for your thoughts and prayers. You all have been caring enough to send packages our way for a long time, as I, have been doing this job for a long time, and we both know that even the smallest token of appreciation for our troops goes a long way. It amazes me to see even the most seasoned multi-deployment platoon sergeant come to my work area being grumpy and leave with a smile on his face after he has picked an item from one of your packages. Your boxes are filled with love and with so much care. You are truly Angels. Thank you all.

Thank you from Julio R. Plaza of Queens NY

Stationed in Fort Bragg, NC


Dear Desert Angels:

"Thank you"

Thank you Very Much

Dear Desert Angels,

Thank you very much for all the time and effort that was put in to not only our unit but all military personal to recieve these wonderful care packages. I would like to thank you for showing your support. I hope you have a wonderful blessful day.

Respectivaly,

LCpl Flinn HMH 464 (-) (RIEN)

 

Thank you from Shannon M. Flinn of Parkersburg, WV

Stationed in Jacksonville, NC


Dear All!:

"A big thank you!"

A big thank you from the 192nd EOD Battalion here in Afghanistan!

Thank you from SGT Ray Pettit of Ft. Bragg

Stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan


Dear Desert Angels:

"Thank you!!!"

Hi! I am PFC Ryan Grim. Today my Battalion recieved a bunch of boxes from all of you and I wanted to take a second to say thank you very much! They definitely brightened our spirits after a very long busy day! All of the boxes we opened were perfect and made us smile big time. It was a pleasant surprise and we all had fun opening them up and seeing things that we would definitely be needing either immediately or in the near future. It was like an early Christmas! Thank you very much and God Bless!

Thank you from Ryan Grim of Fayetteville, NC

Stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan


Dear Louise:

"Care Packages"

Dear Louise,

I am writing this to thank you for the six boxes my son and his group recieved from you at my son Stevens request. They cannot thank you enough for the pillows and blankets alone. My son was so happy and said "he was going to sleep so much better that night". You are such an inspiration to me. I am going to try and send atleast one box every month. Thank-you again you are truely an Angel. Sincerely,

Dolores StCharles

Thank you from Specialist Steven StCharles of Flint,MI

Stationed in Andar, Afganistan


Dear All of the Angels at The Desert Angel:

"Thank you!!!!"

My wife ran into one of your volunteers at the post office when she was mailing me a care package and passed along my information. My wife said I should be getting a package from you guys well the day came and I got my box... Wow is all I can say thank you for the goodies and to know its from fellow michiganders (and hopefully wings fans!) made it all the more special! I loved my knitted hat and even sent the teacher of the students who made cards for it an email and plan to visit their 1st grade class when I am home on R and R in Feb to see my son born. But imagine my surprise when I recieved 5 or 6 more over the next few days!!! Being the NCO, Soldier and Chaplain Assistant that I am I spread the wealth and shared and gave them to others who I knew hadnt really gotten anything yet. It definatley put a smile on everyones faces!!! I will get a picture of me and the other Soldiers who got the knitted hats wearing them as soon as I can. Attached is a picture of me and my chaplain and one of me and the chipmunk my daughter gave me for my birthday that she calls her daddy chipmunk that I take pictures of everywhere I travel. Words cannot come close to express the deepest gratitude we have that you took time out of your day to think of us and take care of us as though we were your own sons and daughters.

Sincerly,

SGT Brian W. MacConaghy

TF PHOENIX, Chaplain Assistant

10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Bagram, Afghanistan OEF XI

"Born of Fire"

Thank you from SGT Brian W. MacConaghy of Madison Heights, MI

Stationed in Bagram Air Base Afghanistan


Dear Desert Angel:

"Thank you for the care package"

I work on closed base, where not a lot of outside sources are available. Receiving a box from Desert Angel, gives not only myself, but my fellow warriors a sense of comfort and a feeling of home.

Thank you for the support you show. God Bless!

Thank you from SGT Susannah Swindoll of Baytown, TX

Stationed in Camp Cropper, Baghdad, Iraq


Dear lake orion, desert angles:

"THANK YOU FOR YOUR PACKAGES"

my name is spc. guralczyk and i have recieved a couple of your care packages. I would like to thank each and everyone envolved. Care packages mean so much to us over here. I split the packages up between everyone in my section. It is really nice to no that there are people out there that support us. God bless everyone of you for taking the time to send my fellow troops and i these packages. I have to go for now but, i will try and write back several more times. thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

SPC.Guralczyk

U.S ARMY

Thank you from seth guralczyk of lapeer

Stationed in fob asadabad


Dear www.thedesertangel.org:

"Thank you"

Although I did not directly receive your package, I did benefit from the goodies you sent. Being stationed at USF-I Headquarters, we don't need for any necessities. It was really nice to get a reminder from home, which is what your care package did. You included a lot of items we don't have access to here and after being here for eight months it's nice to have things that take me, even momentarily, back to the good old USA.

Thank you again.

Thank you from Dianna Terpin of Meridianville, AL

Stationed in Baghdad, Iraq


Dear A Nick and Barb Petrowske:

"thank you "

I have sent a messgae to Ms Petrowske on here personal email as to thanking her for the cookies ... But I would also like to thank NICK, As there was a card in the package as well from him. I shared this package with all my Soldiers and they loved every piece of it. You guys truley are ANGLES every last one of you. I really truely fromt eh Bottom of my heart THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU ! I am positive you bring smiles to every soldiers face that recieves a package here. Once again thank you and feel free to write or email me at any time

SSG James R. Davis

Thank you from james of west monroe, La

Stationed in Fob Warrior, Iraq


Dear Desert Angel:

"Thank you"

Thank you for all the boxes you have sent, they have been full of useful and delicious goodies. Your group is doing great things for us who over here serving in the armed forces.

I will be returning to Alaska next week and Michigan in mid December.

Thank you for your support.

PFC Tesolin, Phillip

Thank you from PFC Tesolin, Phillip of Milford, MI (p_tesolin@yahoo.com)

Stationed in Iraq


Dear Lousie:

"Thanks for the Miracle Boxes"

My name is Ryan. I'm a Petty Officer Third Class in the US Navy, deployed to Camp Taji in Iraq with Navy Provitional Detainee Battalion, Romeo Three / Alpha Co.

I just wanted to thank you and everyone else involved for taking ther time to put all the boxes together. I'm amazed by all the hard work that everyone has put into these boxes for all the troops over here. I've been in country for a month and already have received two Miracle boxes so far and was in-lighted but all the good stuff inside. Being a native from Michigan. I've never heard of The Desert Angel and woundered who the box was from. One thing i really like was the NLT bible I recieved in my first box. Being a devote christian myself had somehow forgotten my bible at home and now have a new one to read. Was not expecting on gettin a beanie baby in my box but it really brough a smile to my face when i saw it.

Thanks again.

Always,

Ryan

"But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God." Psalm 50:23

Thank you from Ryan M. Kelly of Caledonia, MI

Stationed in Camp Taji, Iraq


Dear Desert Angels:

"Thank you"

Mrs. Downs / Desert Angels Volunteers,

I want to express my sincerest thank you for the boxes that you sent to me. Receiving anything in the mail is always a welcome surprise on mail day, receiving a â?oMiracle Boxâ? is a real treat. The Soldiers I work with have greatly enjoyed all of the items contained in the care packages. The various snacks and magazines that remind of us home have been very enjoyable.

Iâ?Tm not sure I know how to express in words how much it means to have people back home supporting us and taking the time to send us packages filled with items that we no longer take for granted. Thank you for all of your hard work and support. My fellow Soldiers and I are proud to serve our country, and having support from people like you makes our job that much easier.

Thank you again and may God bless you all.

V/R,

Michael

Thank you from 2LT Michael Cabic of Oxford, MI

Stationed in FOB Warhorse, Iraq


"Thanks Again!"

Gloria,

I received another box from the desert angels. You guys are wonderful. We have about 200 soldiers in our unit down here and I always bring in your boxes to share with all of the Winged Warriors down here. Thanks for taking the time to say thank you to us. Thank you for putting in such an effort. You all make our jobs so easy.

MAJ Bobby Haskin


Dear All those who sent their support.:

"Thank You"

Thank you so much for your support There was nothing better than coming off of missiona nd having this box to open up. Thank you Mary Ann Fry,Dorothy collins, Brian, Christina, Ethan, Jacob and joshua of the Lilly family. Of course all the 1st and 2nd graders who showed their support like Harvey and Dylan from the 1st grade thank you. Card looked great by the way. Kaylee in the 2nd grade at Belle Ann Elementary, your card was very nice. Makaylin in the 2nd grade at the same school, watch out might be a bit of an artist one day. there were a couple cards without names on them but thank you too so much. All of you really made my night. If i can one day, maybe i can come for a visit and return the kindness you've shown me. Thanks again...

Thank you from Stephen Hyman of Erie Pa

Stationed in Camp Taji, Iraq


Dear Lilly Family:

"Thank You"

I just want to say thank you for the package that I received. I definitely was not expecting it. I am not sure who was responsible, but there was a card from the Lilly family in the package. It is so nice to see that there are still people out there that support our efforts over here. It means so much to us. I pray that God blesses each and every one of you for your kindness!

SSgt Trent Witte, USMC

Border Transition Team 5/2

COP Waleed, Iraq

Thank you from SSgt Trent Witte of San Angelo, Tx

Stationed in COP Waleed, Iraq


Dear Everyone!:

"Thank you"

I just want to Thank Everyone! Not sure how many patroits put into the box, but thanks!!! Means a lot to get something from Michigan and then to see it came for a place close to where I lived. Oxford! Again, Thank you!

Thank you from Spc. Steven Payne of Warren, MI

Stationed in Fort Polk, La but VBC, Iraq


Dear Louise,

 

Merry Christmas!

 

Thank you very much for the care packages!  I greatly appreciate all the support I have received.  The handmade cards were very touching and the cookies and candy were enjoyed by all of us Marines.

 

This is the first Christmas in 25 years that I have not spent Christmas with family and friends, and so, receiving your gifts with love and care has brought Christmas to me.  The support I have gotten has been incredibly humbling; it has reminded of how powerful giving can be and how important loved ones are.  Thank you for everything.

 

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and please thank everyone who was involved in making these packages possible.

 

Warm wishes,

 


Dear louise:

"thanks!"

hey louise! we're in the home stretch now. only 20 days left! you know, after all the stuff you've done for us in 2004 and this last deployment thanks just doesn't cut it. i hope to god that someday i'll be able to do something to help you out as much as you've helped us and i don't care what you say, you and all the rest of the men and women sacrificing their time and effort are just as much of a hero as anyone here! i will definitely make it to a packing party the next time me and rita and the boys are in michigan. take care louise. the site's great!

chris

Thank you from christian paesano of killeen

Stationed in taji iraq


Greetings from Iraq!

I wanted to get a message to you quickly to let you know today I received the package you mailed to me.  I am very grateful for the efforts you are making in supporting those of us deployed overseas.  I have passed along to my Marines the items you sent in the package and I know they are also very appreciative of your support.  I wish you all the best for a very happy and safe holiday season.  Thank you again for all you do for us!

Semper Fidelis,

MSgt Bradley VanHorn USMC


Dear Louise,

 

Thank you so much for the packages!  The Starbucks coffee is a huge hit with our team and I love sleeping with that incredibly soft Ralph Lauren blanket.  You have a group of Marines who greaty appreciate your support!  Thank you for everything.

 

Very sincerely,

 

Sgt Zachary


In the past six months, you have sent care packages to support the soldiers of the 2-7 CAV, who are currently deployed to Iraq as part of Operation New Day. Normally my Chaplain Assistant, SPC Alejandro Guzman, is the person contacting you on behalf of our Unit Ministry Team to thank you for your support.

I wanted to take this time to personally thank you.  I have been back from R&R for just a little over a week and it is amazing how much has changed. Of course, most realize that we have reached the half way point. Now is the time, more than before, to encourage them as they prepare for the last half before going home.

I also wanted to remind you that if you are sending any care packages for either Passover or Easter, they need to be mailed ASAP in order to be properly distributed prior to the holidays. Each and every box that is sent makes a world of difference, especially with our unit being spread out over 11 locations.

Again, thank you so much for your support of our troops. Feel free to forward this email to others that you think would like to be a blessing to your soldiers. Thanks again.

CH (CPT) Bryan S. Kimble

2-7 CAV, 4BCT, 1CD

APO-AE 09334


Dear Desert Angel,

Thank you much for the gift you sent my mother on Mother's day.  The added surprise helped her special day.  Thank you much and be bless!

V/R,

Ralph Anderson

IT1        USN

MESRON2/C2DIV24

Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care

of itself."


Greetings from Camp Leatherneck.

 

I wanted to make you aware that we have been receiving care packages day after day.  And in every single one all the Marines are thoroughly moved by the different people and organizations that take their personal time to send things out to us service members.  I wanted to ensure that you know that we are truly grateful and really blessed to have people like yourself who acknowledge our sacrifices and service.  So many, many thanks and blessings.  Also, my sister MSGT RONNIE GREEN, MCB CAMP PENDLETON had one of your Mother’s Day packages sent to me out here and it was great.  The card is wonderful and beautiful and it is hanging on my secretary and the Proverbs Wisdom for Women is sitting on my desk; being used every day.  Thank you; very thoughtful.

 

v/r

Semper Fidelis

1stSgt Dunbar

Lead, Follow or Get out of the way!


Dear Desert Angel volunteer,

 

    I was given information that your organization is sending gifts to mothers of personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.  I can't express in words how grateful all of us who are forward deployed appreciate people like yourselves.  Being separated from our families can be very difficult, so to hear of people back home helping our families it's a tremendous relief.  Thank you very much.  


Hello my name is Sunnie Viar and my fiancée is U.S marine Sean Templeton. He is over in Afghanistan right now and some how you all found out about his deployment and sent out your care packages. He is very thankful for all of your support, help, & prayers. I would like to thank you so much for caring and supporting our troops. I am attaching a few recent pictures of Sean & his fellow marines for you all to see whom you are supporting. Thanks again, God bless!


Desert Angels,

You know how to make a flower bloom in a dry and void land. Your continual support of the men and woman stationed here in Iraq means so much to our service personal. With the weather heating up and life becoming a bit harder as result ( we already have had 102 degrees) these care packages remind us of better times and cooler places. Most of all, they remind us of the basic compassion and goodness of Americans back home. We are indeed indebted to you. May God continue to bless you as you have blessed us.

Take care and God Bless! Chaplain Bigelow

 

The picture was absolutely great and we posted on our donation board along with the letters we receive. It is right in front of our coffee stop!!

Chaplain Walker


Desert Angels,

Thank you so much for the wonderful goodies!! They were shared throughout the whole division. We LOVED them and the picture! Thanks for thinking of us! All the Air forces

Desert Angels,

Thank you for the Miracle Box. I shared it with my fellow soldiers. It was the highlight of our day. Thank you for caring. Sgt Swindoll


Desert Angels,

We want to thank you for the care package we received. This was an extremely generous gift. All of the service members here at the command were very appreciative.

It was especially nice for me, seeing I am born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mi., myself, to get a piece of home and Meijers Products!!!!!

We are very grateful for your time, efforts and expense in making this happen for us.

Thank you so much!! Thomas


Dear Desert Angels,

My name is SSG Godwin Barley and I am stationed in the city of Qalat, Zabul province in Afghanistan. On behalf of myself and my unit, I would like to say a big THANK YOU for the Miracle Box we received this morning. The bar soap was great because we don't have a Post Exchange on our small base and I was running low! Our military is great because of the support and appreciation we receive from our fellow citizens. Living in Afghanistan, I am reminded of what a great country we have. People here are so poor and they have so little. I will always appreciate the great country that come from.

God bless you all,

SSG Barley

P.S.  In response to your question: Yes, we have a basketball court, so we could use a couple of those.  Unfortunately, our base is very small, so we don't have anywhere to hit golf balls.  If you know anyone who has adult sized soccer shorts (used ones are fine) a couple of those would be fine.  We play soccer with the Afghans who help us to secure our base and they have asked me for shorts.  Again thank you for your support, and here is a picture of myself and my lieutenant with some Afghan children that we just gave some pens, pencils and candy.  These children flock us like crazy every time we go out and they say:  "Hey Mister! Choclate! Ping! Ping! (They mean pen).

Thanks again, and God bless you all,

Ssg Barley

PRT Zabul

FOB Smart/FOB Lagman

APO AE 09383


Dearest Patriot,

I am writing this letter to extend my greatest appreciation for the care package that we have received today. Thank you for taking the time to show that we are in your thoughts and prayers. I would like you to know that your actions have not gone without notice or appreciation.

I am a Marine First Sergeant currently assigned to the Marine Wing Commutation Squadron 28. I am currently deployed to Afghanistan. Many of the Marine under my care have been here most of the year and are expecting to be releaved in a few moew months. Needless to say they are all in high spirits as there are nearing the end of their deployment. The Marines of our detachment have everything they need and do not go with out. The facilities here are adequate and much more then many of us had expected. Our mission is ongoing, but the mission keeps our bodies moving and our mind occupied. However, there is no place like home and as the holidays grow nearer your jester of love and hope could not have come at a better time.

You should be pleased to know that upon receiving your packages, there has not been a single Marine that did not have a smile on their dusty face. Men and woman alike all retreated to their respective quiet place to read the kind words that have been sent from half a world away. I can not begin to describe to you the pride I felt when I witnessed these young Marine’s realization that the sacrifices they make day in and day out means something to the people of our great nation. Your actions helped them to remember that we are here for you, your family and our family. And for that, I can not thank you enough.

Inn closing, I would like to reiterate that all is well for the Marines that will be spending their holidays here in Afghanistan. No, we won’t be home, but we will be together. Again thank you.

From the Marine of MWCS 28

First Sergeant P.B. Sherron

United States Marine Corps


We have received packages here at JSS War Eagle, Iraq. Thank you so much. We so much appreciate what you do. All the soldiers in my section from the 1BCT 1CD S6 think you are the greatest!!!    Eric

 


 

I would like to thank every one of you and your organizations for the support that you have provided my unit the past 9 months while we have been deployed in Kosovo.  As we near the completion of our tour and prepare to return to the U.S., we wanted to make sure we expressed our sincere thanks to all of those that have made this deployment more comfortable and tolerable. A simple "thanks" does not seem adequate but I hope you can understand the impact that your organizations make.  The support of the citizens of our great country remind all of us why we are members of the worlds greatest Army.  I wish all of your organizations great success in the future as you serve the men and women in uniform.  I know each of them appreciates it! Sincerely,

Captain Eric   Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo

 


 

hey louise! we're in the home stretch now. only 20 days left! you know, after all the stuff you've done for us in 2004 and this last deployment thanks just doesn't cut it. i hope to god that someday i'll be able to do something to help you out as much as you've helped us and i don't care what you say, you and all the rest of the men and women sacrificing their time and effort are just as much of a hero as anyone here! i will definitely make it to a packing party the next time me and rita and the boys are in michigan. take care louise. the site's great!

chris

 

"Thank You"

I just want to say thank you for the package that I received. I definitely was not expecting it. I am not sure who was responsible, but there was a card from the Lilly family in the package. It is so nice to see that there are still people out there that support our efforts over here. It means so much to us. I pray that God blesses each and every one of you for your kindness!

SSgt Trent

 


Just want to say thank you for the letter. Kindness does go a long long way. I feel very proud to serve in the greatest military on earth, but I feel more proud of the spirit of the American people. I am not American by birth, I am from the islands of Micronesia, but I am 100% American by heart. I feel very humbled to be a part of this worlds greatest Army - The United States Army. I just want you all to know that I appreciate the words of encouragement and the prayers, and that without all your support this deployment will be way much harder than it is. Keep praying and we will keep fighting.

 

Thank you. Good day and God bless.

Sincerely,

SGT  Bruce

 


Hello Desert Angles,

My name is Justin Kerns, I'm Active Duty Air Force. I'm currently deployed to Kuwait and I've received many miracle boxes from your origination. I can't even begin to tell you how happy it makes me and my whole squadron every time we get the mail. I couldn't possibly thank all of you enough for what you do for us. My team and I appreciate it so much, you always bring a smile to so many people out here. It makes doing our job so much more meaningful. You really are making a huge difference in the lives of many many people and helping make this world a better place! Thanks again for all that you do.

Sincerely,

             A1C Justin


"Thank you very much!"

Well, I was quite surprised to see a box in my mail the other day. Thank you to all of you who took the time and effort to say thanks to me. I was very moved. I realize how much effort it takes to continually think about the needs of others, but you all have continually put others first. Thank you Gloria for all the treats, the maple sugar cookies, the sugar cookies, the peanut butter cookies, the canned fruits and all the great treats. Thanks to Sock man Ed for his socks...they will be useful down here for sure. Thanks to Lu, Dorie, Kurtis, Kevin, and Nick for the Christmas CD. I have played it twice and it helped me get in the Christmas spirit (hard to do when it is in the 80s, and sunny). Thanks to Anna and Paula Tomaka for their treats. Thank you to all of you who put time and joy into the package. It was especially meaningful coming from my hometown area....really miss it sometimes. I will send you a token of my appreciation through the mail to Gloria's address.

Gloria, if I missed someone please let me know so that I can say thank you to them all.

MAJ Bob

US Army Aviator

Class of '89 from Lapeer East High School

Thank you from MAJ Bobby John Haskin of Lapeer, MI

Stationed in Comayagua, Honduras


My name is MSG Billy Mitchell and I have been receiving boxes from your desertangels.  Thank you so much.  I would greatly appreciate it if you would send a thanks to Leonard and Sharon Huley.  Your boxes are a Miracle.  I am so greatful and blessed to be able to get these boxes and I appreciate it.  I look forward to getting mail all the time and I know that Soldiers everywhere are greatful for the service that you do for them.  Thank you to everyone that is involved and take time to give to the Soldiers.  Thanks again to Leonard and Sharon Huley for their box.

 

sincerely,

Billy Mitchell


Dorothy,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the box of goodies you so thoughtfully packed.  I just wanted you to know they were enjoyed and appreciated.  My 3 favorite things in one box:  Oreos (which I shared with my friends), Indian Corn and Sweet Potatoes!  I ate the whole big can and was stuffed!  I have included a couple of pictures.  Thank you again for your support for myself and my comrades.  Many don't realize it, but every box, every letter makes every day here that much easier.  After all, we do what we do here for all of those back home.

from SSG Jason R. Marcellus


I just wanted to say thank you for all the great care packages you've sent over the past few months. It's always great to get a little something from home.

Here's a picture of my team here at Forward Operating Base Hammer, Iraq. Our home unit is the 823rd RED HORSE Squadron, Hurlburt Field AFB, Florida.

Thanks Again

CMSgt Scott D. Rudd  


First thank you for what you do!!  It is a great thing to help and to remember the troops overseas and to send the your BOXES.

But what are you doing for the Jewish soldiers?  As a Jew and a soldier I am always missing the meaning of prayers that are not Jewish.

How can you help people like me?  Leif Dolan SSG, USA


Today I received a wonderful package in the mail from you in care of the Desert Angels Inc.  I can not begin to express my gratitude for your support to my Soldiers and I.  As with all packages that I receive this one will be seen by at least the eight men in my section, anything not acquired by my boys will be put on the community shelf for the rest of the Company to help themselves to.

This being my third trip to Iraq (For a total of 34 months in country so far) and my sixth deployment in my 16 years of service I have to say I have received more support via letters and packages from the Desert Angels Inc. than any other organization and for this, I am deeply grateful.  For many of the Soldiers in my company this is their first deployment and really, first time away from the luxuries of what the freedom of the United States provides.  We do not have the opportunity to go to the corner market, or to the movies whenever we want.  We do not have the ability to go to a lush green park and walk barefoot in the grass or fall asleep knowing we are safe.   The truth is, each one of us goes through a change, usually for the better, but it is through suffering to a point that helps us realize what we take for granted back home.  Each package received be it direct or second hand helps us remember what we will be going home to, they help us remember that we have the support of the united states behind our decision to serve and each letter or package is like seeing a long lost friend that we thought we would never see again.  Your support is important to all of us, even the vets that have done this time and time again.

   Please express to the fellow supporters that the easiest way for most Soldiers to respond is via and e-mail.  If someone specifically wants snail mail, we can accommodate but snail mail takes time to write and often what little time we do have to write, we are writing to loved ones that we so dearly miss.  I can clearly state that everyone on my compound has some sort of access to the internet and e-mail so it makes it easier to send a letter in my busy day if there is an e-mail included.  In my case, I usually do not go through a box until I have thanked the sender for the support/time and effort to send the package/letter.  I have found in the past that good intentions to get back to sending a snail mail letter get side tracked due to mission and after a certain amount of time that passed we feel guilty and end up not following through with sending.  With e-mail, we can knock out a letter in minutes.  I hope you understand.  That said, there are a few forward observation bases that do not have wide spread access to the internet or certain sites are limited, these Soldiers would need the snail mail address.  I like your approach where you offered both snail mail and e-mail address.

Again, thank you very much for your time, support and assets to support my Soldiers.

Very respectfully,

Raymond Borger


Dear Desert Angels,

 

   I just received another Miracle box, thanks so much - I will send these out to the troops that were on the ground when the American hostages were released, they will really appreciate it.

Unfortunately, I have a difficult time sending photos of the troops receiving things - first, they are "special" troops and don't usually have photos taken, second is that I am not present when they receive the packages as I have to send them forward by helo or plane to get to their remote locations.  For most of the children, I am either present or I have contacts that are there who can take photos for me.

The troops constantly send me thanks to you guys for your support though.  As far as what they need, hygiene items, snacks, protein bars and powder - those are the most asked for items.

 Thanks again for your support, happy 4th of July, take care,

 

I know that some golf, but I don't think they ever dreamed about receiving clubs. I have 50 soldiers in a remote area right now that will really appreciate all of it, thank you so much for your support. Randy

 


 

 Thank you so very much for the boxes of goodies you sent us. Words cannot tell you how pleased we were to receive them! Please be advised that all the goodies we did NOT use, we gave to my counterparts in the Afghan National Army. The Afaghns LOVE goodies for the US and when we give them these kinds of things, it goes a long way in fostering teamwork and good will. You have no idea just how much you did today for our efforts in the war against evil! With Utmost Gratitude, Philip, Afghanistan


Desert Angel,

Thanks for your continued support.   I received several of your packages recently.  I sent a letter via snail mail, but the last three boxes came after I sent it.  We recently had a fire where several Marines lost everything.  Fortunately there were no injuries.  It just so happened that I had three boxes and was looking for Marines who haven't received a package recently.  I gave the boxes to those Marines.  I can't tell you who, but I hope they write you.  I know for a fact that they needed that lift and got it.

 

You've done so much.  Much more than I can fathom.  It's truly the Lord's work, probably thankless much of the time.  Let me say thanks from the Marines in Camp Fallujah.  By the way, I'm from a small town just north of you, Flushing.  It's west of Flint.  It's good to see Michiganders doing so much good!

Semper Fi, CWO David Peck


I thank you so much for reaching out to me halfway round the world (smiles)!

I am representing my Division Transition Team and the Base Chapel. My team and I come from Fort Riley, Kansas. I have been in Baghdad, Iraq since February 2008 and expect to be here until February 2009.

As a "baby" Christian one of my greatest concerns was stunting my growth in the Word as I volunteered to deploy to Iraq. Little did I know I would be exactly where God intended me to be!

When I first arrived to the base, the Chapel was barely running with only a couple of Soldiers and without a permanent Chaplain. Within only 4 months, we have established many ministries such as the Prayer Ministry, Praise and Worship Ministry, Caring Ministry, Ushering/Greeting Ministry, and are recently developing a Leadership Ministry, Men's Ministry, and Women's Ministry.

Recently, the base has come alive with the Spirit and volunteers are pitching in to keep the Services going strong. I must include the fact that everyone who contributes to these efforts does so with the little "free-time" we find. It is my opinion that care packages will help to lift the spirits of more than 100 members of our congregation in addition to the praise and worship we already share in!

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for ANYTHING you might be able to do.

CPT Phillip Santoli  

Please reply if there is anything I might provide to you and your team of Desert Angels.

Thank you for all of your efforts and most of all for your prayers!

Very Cordially,

CPT Phillip Santoli


Dear Louise:

"Heartfelt Thanks for all your Support"

Dear Louise,

I am happy to report that I am back stateside now. Getting out of the country took a little longer than going in! I have passed on the torch to my replacement, Marty Barnholtz (same address).

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the Miracle Boxes that you (and your wonderful volunteers) sent to us. Everything was greatly appreciated!! All of the boxes were shared with the the whole FOB. And, the local children always benefit from the candy, granola bars, pens and paper.

The letters and cards of encouragement - along with words and promises of prayers - were very special to me and many others on the FOB. Knowing that there were so many people back home supporting us, that we weren't 'forgotten', was the iron that kept our backs strong with the mission we were there to accomplish.

Now that I am home, I am trying to get some friends together so we can gather donations and send boxes, too! You are such an inspiration; I only hope that I can be half as motivating.

Please pass on to your volunteers that all the members of 2nd brigade at FOB Apache want to say, "THANK YOU!!"

Thank you and God Bless all of your volunteers.

Melonaie Gullick

Senior Chief, USN

Thank you from ITCS Melonaie Gullick of Conway, Arkansas

Stationed in FOB Apache, Afghanistan


"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your thoughtfulness and your kindness. We feel the blessing and greatly appreciate it.

Mat 25:23 “His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

Adriana Coll


Hi, I just wanted to say thanks for the boxes, My troops and I really appreciate all of your support,

 

take care,

 

Randy


Thank you so much!!!!!  You are amazing and your efforts do not go unappreciated!  Glenn said the PX ran out of Mother's Day cards and he said he had gotten a package from you and it included cards - so thanks to you he could send me a card for Mother's day - it came at a perfect time!!!!!!  you are our Angel!!!!  Christine


Desert Angels,

I came in to work this morning and enjoyed a cup of Starbucks Coffee! I noticed your label, Desert Angels, Inc. on the package, so I wanted to drop you a line. Thank you for sending this package to us. I'm not sure if this came to someone specific or just to Marines in general, but my whole platoon is enjoying the coffee. When we receive a gift like this, it's like Christmas. A little taste from home goes a long way. If you need another platoon to support, I have the best platoon in Iraq. I have 20 Marines and 3 civilian contractors that work communications and network systems.

Thanks for your work, support, and patriotism. It makes a difference to my Marines and me.

Respectfully,

CWO2 David W. Peck


Dear Desert Angel,

Shukran Jesilan (Thank you very much!) for all the care packages, you guys send, from candies to toiletries.  People like you back home, makes a difference to us here. Your time, effort and prayers mean a lot to us.

I am HM1 (AW/SW) James Malonzo, 38 years old, 16 years as a Navy Combat Corpsman, originally from Sacramento, CA. But before I volunteered, yes I volunteered to be here in Iraq, I am stationed in Pensacola, Florida, as a head instructor for Aerospace Medicine. I instruct navy corpsman who specialize in Aero medical aspects in our field. The curriculum is 10 weeks long. I was in that job for more than 2 years, until this great opportunity to serve with the U.S. Marines, as a Medical Chief Advisor to the Iraqi Army came up.

I am responsible for the health, preventive medicine, and sanitation for 17 marines, and 4 interpreters.  I also advice the Iraqi doctor and 5 of his Medics, how to render care and training for all their 800+ jundies (soldiers).

We are located in the middle of nowhere; nearest Iraqi town is 80 miles out.  I cannot tell you our exact location, but if you take a look on the map, we are about 10 miles from the Syrian border. Just to give you an idea how dangerous it is out here, in our camp where ever we go or whatever we do, we have to carry our pistols and rifles loaded and ready to fire in a moment's notice.  I ran this morning around the camp, (sand and rocks) for about 4 miles. On my second lap, I just figured out that I've been running with my loaded pistol strap on my chest for about 2 months now..  I shared this with you because, sometimes in this busy world we have, we tend not to notice things, just because we see and do it every day.  I am a person of faith, and I believe everything has a reason. As soon as I got back, to my small, humid room, I thank God for giving me the strength and courage to carry out this mission. With your help and prayers for me and my team, we are truly grateful.  In behalf of my Team, we thank you and we are always proud to serve, protect and preserve our democracy.  I pray that God bless you and your families.

All the care packages we received, I make sure the marines get what they need first and the extras, I put them in individual zip lock and during our local town visit or brief stop to an Iraqi village, I share and give it to them.  My heart is filled with joy, when you see little kids coming up to you and says "Sadiki, Shukran" (meaning thank you my friend) Believe it or not, no matter what the news projects the military over there back home, Iraqi people praise and thank the American people. Please share this news, to everyone who donates their time, effort and patience.  For the things you share to us, no matter how simple it may be, I pray that it will return to you in many folds.

Many of you ask what else we need here, if I was to choose I simply say "Please continue praying for us" For everyday we live here, we do not know what awaits us out in town. But with your prayers we will be shielded and guided by the Lord Almighty.

In behalf of my team here, we  thank you very much…

Jim Malonzo (Abu Hibbi- my Arab name, meaning father blessed with daughters)

MTT Team 0731

Unit 42738

FPO AP 96426-2738

Following items will be appreciated very much,

Your personal letters, cards, Baby wipes, chips and dips, canned foods, pre-mix smoothies, tuna packs, easy mac (microwaveable), ready mix rice (jambalaya, pasta etc), cup of noodles, school supplies for kids, soccer balls, beanie babies stuff animal, reader's digest, homemade goodies, I-tunes gift card (marines most favorite recreation downloading music), running cap (for me) and any green t-shirt with your company or association logo which we can proudly wear during our stay here and lastly your emails, so each marines can email you back.

God Speed,

Doc Jim


The Desert Angel boxes got here today for all the Marines they all were like who is this and I explained to them and they were very appreciated them. Thank you so much!

Shawn Peterson


My name is Bill. I'm a Specialist in the US Army, deployed to FOB Normandy in Iraq's Diyalah province with B Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment.

I'm writing to thank you for your card I found in a Desert Angels box I received a few days ago. It was so great to get these boxes, especially right before Christmas. It's really made this season feel like Christmas, and that's a tough job in Iraq. And you were right, the card was pretty funny.

Thanks.

Bill


Thanks Louise, the packaged arrived in record time. We really appreciate what you've done to assist in making this trip more enjoyable. I've been able to get my boss away from his desk, in order to relieve some tension. I haven't figured out exactly where to put the cup, but it's a project in planning. (SMILE) Again, I really appreciate your contribution. Oh, and retrieving the golf balls will ensure I get some much desired exercise. LOL

Francisco


Louise,

It has been almost a year since I have returned from Iraq. In that time I still have not forgotten what you have done for me and my team. When so much around us was ugly, when we were afraid, when we were so far from those we loved, when we had no comforts, you gave of yourself and reached across the miles to make our lives a little better.

An act of kindness extended to another is profound. I profoundly “Thank you” for extending your kindness to us, I personally do.

May your Christmas be blessed with peace and joy.

Thank you ,

Alex,

“I am the light of the world: he that followed me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of the life.” John 8: 12


      

Desert Angels,

Hello you wonderful group of Americans! I am writing to let you know that we received boxes from you all this past Friday and just like the others you have sent us, it was well received and appreciated by all. I also wanted to let you know that you can officially cut us off! Yep, it is finally that time, and we will be heading home in just over a month. If you are able to, I would appreciate it very much of you would extend your support to the team that will be replacing us. They will arrive about mid-month. They have a different address from us because they are coming from the west coast and our team is from the east coast, but they will be living right here where we are now, and there will be 22 of them.

I hope that you can support them as wonderfully as you have us! God bless you all and Thank you.

Sincerely,

Master Sergeant Brent

COP North / IRAQ


Dear Desert Angels,

First of all I would like to say “Thank you” for taking the time to write a letter and for sending the care package. We are at a FOB doesn’t have a lot of the luxuries that other FOB around Afghanistan. Internet and phones are a luxury that we do not have. What I am getting at is if wasn’t for our family and friends that send us packages we would do with out the simple things that one takes for granted, such as the things you sent me. Since I tend to receive more than others I share stuff with the guys in the platoon and they are grateful for that. We just recently got a coffee makes, microwave and a printer. So now we can have a cup of coffee in the morn and can simply put something in the microwave to eat instead of eating the MRE. Or cooking it over a multi gas stove. All of our electricity comes from a 15K generator, which will be put to the test this winter. They have extreme winters here and I am sure all the guys will have electric blankets and heaters going full blast! We are in the northeastern part of Afghanistan near the boarders of China and Pakistan, which have a lot of mountains around us. They help to block a lot of rain and snow. What I’ve been told it doesn’t help much with the temperature or ice. I’m from Washington State, which has similar weather such as Michigan. I’m used to cold, so hopefully won’t be too worse. One thing the military did was to give us a lot of winter clothes and that will help a lot. Either way it should be an interesting winter. I still look forward to some snow and with this terrain it will make some nice pictures and I love taking pictures!

We have a lots of lighting around here also, because of the warm air during the day meeting the cool air at night, it makes for a good show come night fall. It’s really cool to watch while I am pulling guard, the way it lights up the mountains around us and goes threw the valley.

Thanks again for the letter and goodies, it’s much appreciated and enjoyed by the guys in the 3rd platoon, Able Company, 2-503rd. Take care and I hope you and your family have happy holidays, eat lots of turkey for us! Haha!!

Your friend,

Travis - friend of Joseph Miracle


My name is SFC Wanda, I received your care package on Christmas Day; it was so refreshing. We had not received mail for three days; we were beginning to think that America had forgotten about us but you made us some happy campers. You should have seen us we were like kids in a candy store screaming and laughing all at the same time.

I just had to send you another thank you for the Prayer Cloth. This was the best thing I have ever received in a care package. The cloth is so personal to me; I keep it in my helmet and when we roll out the gate I know I’m covered by the “BLOOD” and all Thanks to you. May The Lord Open Up A Window And Pour You Out Blessings You Don’t Have Room To Receive.

Thank you again and again,

SFC WANDA


Louise,

I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know I have received three care packages from you, and that I have shared them with those I work with. We really appreciate all the efforts you put forth to support the troops. We can’t win this war without support from our loved ones back home, and you have gone above the call of duty to support us. Thanks again for all you and yours do.

Sincerely,

Kristain

P.S. I’m a Mr. not a Ms… I got one care package that was all feminine hygiene products, which I was more than happy to give to the ladies here!


Dear Desert Angels,

A short note to let you know that I received your packages with the food, toiletries, and other items, and have distributed it contents. Thank you for your CONTINUED support, I know that the soldiers on my camp appreciated all the items you send, knowing that what we do is supported. I think the most desired items are socks, lip balm, canned fish/meat, suntan lotion, body lotion/moisturizer, wet wipes, tooth brushes, hard candy, nuts and seeds (canned, packaged, or in the shell), microwave pop corn, dried fruit, small cans of fruit and jerky. It really depends upon what type of unit a soldier is in and what their mission is as to what is particular a soldier may want the most. Those who camp is in the red zone have different needs than those of us in the International Zone, but these items cover a wide variety of needs, so any and all items are welcome. Thanks again.

CW3 Michael


Louise,

I was just wanting to thank you so much for everything you have done for our troops and for my husband... Even though he is getting ready to come home to me and our new baby, there is no words that can explain the thanks I can give you for the packages that you have sent to not only my husband, but to some of his friends. You have sent his best friend packages and every time I had talked to my husband I remember one time he said "Bodie got his package today and he is just so excited" It makes my heart overwhelmed with joy. My husband and I want to thank you so much again for everything that you have done not only just for him but for all our troops. They mean so much to me and for you also or you wouldn’t be doing what you are doing. There are only so many people in this world that actually take the time out and do those kinds of things. And they mean so much.. As a huge smile on a persons face when they get a package. I know I loved sending my husband and his friends packages and it made me feel so good, so I can just imagine your doing it for TONS of men and women. Again thank you so much and my husband and I give you a big HOOHA!!!!!!

Heather, wife of Sgt Cody


Desert Angels,

They have been having great fun with the golf clubs, when they can get them back from the officers, who think they are the best gift anyone has ever sent! There is a sign-up sheet to use them on base, one hour at a time, no more than 1 time per day!

Sgt Chris


Desert Angels,

My son, Ryan received the golf clubs and balls! It relieved some stress but caused some too! EVERYONE wanted to take their turn!!

Thank you,

Paula


Desert Angels,

I am Chief Beckett, the Soldier that you sent the box to in Iraq. I just wanted to take the time out to say thank you and I really appreciate you taking the time to try to lift our spirits. Thoughtful and loving people as yourself really helps us Soldiers over here. Tell Victor thanks for the picture he drew for me. Again thank you and may the Lord bless you for all you do.

Thanks,

Tim


Desert Angels,

My son, Sgt. Anthony got the boxes, the golf clubs and balls. He was so excited! and they arrived just before his Birthday!!! Thank you so much. Keep up the good work.

Margaret


Louise,

I heard from Orren and he has started receiving boxes from you. He was so excited and delighted with the contents. He is sharing them with his unit. He thanks you for your generosity, time and commitment to the troops.

Thanks from our family to yours for helping him in his time of need.

Eliz


Louise,

Rec a special surprise last evg, Nov. 13th, Orren called from Iraq. Hadn't heard his voice since Sept. It was wonderful to a mom's ears. I'm still on a "high" from that call. He's fine, doing his medic work, but no major injuries to deal with so far. They moved to a larger base and plan on staying there for the rest of their stay, (but that can change). He's lost some weight, but hasn't been ill. At this larger base, they get more than one meal a day, so this is good. He has access to computers more, so that means more emails. His job besides being a field medic is at a checkpoint station. Always that "fear" of a car or person running the checkpoint and blowing things up, but so far, all has been good.

His unit has handed out some things to the Iraqi children, which they love. His unit has also adopted 2 dogs, both injured from the war. One is deaf and acts very strangely, but he's called meatball, as that was the only food they had on hand when they found him that he would eat. He's fattened up and they just love his company. The other dog was found in a "shit creek", his terminology, and water with lots of waste in it and they got him out. He's very ill, and even after 6 baths, he still stinks, so they named him Stinker. They hope with TLC he'll survive. Caring for the animals has helped their moral. With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming he says they are all down a bit, but hanging in there. He again thanks you for the boxes; everyone enjoyed then, and the local children as well.

Eliz


Dear Desert Angels,

Upon returning from my first tour in Afghanistan, I was greeted by a sobbing Vietnam Veteran who explained to me the purpose of his tears. When he returned from his tour, people screamed at him, cursing him out, threw things at him and spit upon him. Calling him a murderer and baby killer, Nazi and “American Terrorist”. I’ve heard of many of stories like that as well. He was simply doing his job, following orders and SERVING HIS COUNTRY. And that was the Thanks he received.

I cannot imagine having to deal with that, especially after volunteering to join American’s Armed Forces. My point is, you are our heroes. Putting forth all of this effort ensure American Soldiers are cared for, supported and backed by the people. Your devotion and persistence are truly appreciated. No amount of Thanks would display our sincere gratitude for all you support. You are a Godsend for deployed soldiers everywhere.

Thank you so much for showing us you care.

Sgt. Lindsey A. USA


Desert Angel,

I am soooo glad that you emailed me, I wanted the chance to thank you for the hope that you and your people have sent to me, I have tried to be diligent in writing letters in response to every package I receive, I cannot tell you what it means to me that you and your friends have done this. So let me relay how one of my days went so that you understand, I go to bed around midnight and up the next day at four thirty in the morning for a mission that starts around six, I shave and go though the morning getting ready to go out and brave the world (witch is currently cold over here) and to my surprise it is raining and not just raining it is poring down out there, so now I am gonna be standing halfway out a tank all day in the poring down rain and cold, what a great start, so as the morning goes as expected lots of wind and rain in the face and I am thoroughly soaked by noon and by then I have been shot at like three separate times so that doesn’t help my mood any after the mission is over around five or six in the evening and I am about as cold and wet and miserable as one can be so we are at our company base and I walk through the door on my way to my room to drop my stuff off one of the guys calls me automatically I turn around and yell back WHAT as my mood is bad he simply states I have mail, like that the worlds problems melt away and a huge weight is lifted from my shoulders and hope is renewed to me as I hear those simple little words "you have mail " That is why I call them little boxes of hope, mail is one of our only links to what we call our lives the normal lives with friends and family good times and joy, this is the stuff we put on hold to work 365 days a year and 24 hours of the day we work and the rest of the time we are on call to work, because we heed the call that our country has asked us to do our duty.

Again I cannot begin to thank you enough for all the hope and joy you have sent to me please pass this along to your people my many thanks

Forever in your debt,

Sgt. Johnthan


Hello Desert Angels, I just wanted to let you know that we received your package and we are extremely grateful to you all. Thank you very much for your support. Those items go a long way I assure you and nothing ever gets wasted. Your boxes means more to us, than you may ever fully know!

So on behalf of my teammates and myself, "Thank You" very much!!

Brent


Desert Angels, I got the golf clubs. You should see the smiles on some of the faces around here. The Marines are now trying to figure out a place to do some driving so that they can retrieve the balls and hit them again and again. They are also working on a area to putt. Well you have given them something to take there mind off stuff.

Thank you,

SSgt Franklyn


Thank you for the help you sent me in the desert and for now for the help that you send me at home, Your help has always been in the form of hope and I have come to rely on it like a candle in the darkness you shine.

Thank you sounds hollow in what I really try to relay, sometimes words just can’t express there true meanings.

Your Friend

Jonathan


Louise,

Thank you so very much for the your little care package you sent us, long after the candies and goodies are gone and the war is over, I will share your card with my grandchildren and tell them of your kindness, and generosity you have shown their grandfather.

Thank you,

TSgt Karl H. Olson


Hello “Desert Angels”

My name is SFC Doug. I just wanted to write and say thank you for the care package you sent me. The pillowcase was the most appreciate items. I had been sleeping w/o one and the age of this pillow was/is unknown, so a cover for it was very much needed. Since I work in the MWC (moral, welfare and recreation) tent, I took the rest of the things there and let the Troops who needed or wanted the items to take then. We are located at Camp Mauistar in Kuwart, which is about a mile or 2 from Iraq boarder. Convoys going north to Baghdad or south to Kuwait city stop here for fuel, chow, vehicle repair, a shower, nights sleep and whatever kind of recreation we can afford them.

The weather here is now in the 40s at night and 60s, usually sunny day. My unit arrived in late Aug and it was 130 when we stepped off the plane. It did get as high as 150 or so, a point the water had to be shut off as pressure from the rising water temp would have broken the pipes @ the seams. We were able to take completely cold showers and be perfectly comfortable up until Thanksgiving. Much different than there in Michigan. My unit 107th QMBN is out of Jackson, Michigan.

Well I will close wishing you a wonderful New Year and again “Thank you for thinking of us!”

SFC Doug