Friday, March 20, 2009

Today is the Day to Support Our Troops!

Thank you for stopping by today in honor of our troops, please be so kind as to leave a comment, so our troops will be able to read the lovely comments and thank you from each of you! This is what this post is all about, "Thanking Our Troops"!
It's finally here ~ I have been doing a lot of research on organizations, websites and government websites where you can find out all kinds of information on ways to "Support Our Troops"!

I found this wonderful poem which was written by Ms. Francine Pucillo and wanted to share it with you! Please visit her website, she has written some beautiful poems!!

Prayers now rise to heaven
For all in life who serve
Battles for their country
As freedom is preserved

Each one of you our heroes
Who sacrifice each day
Life and soul with dignity
Such courage you display

Hearts are always with you
In any place you dwell
Saluting you with honor
With love unparalleled

Each day a special blessing
Upon those we call "our brave"
Our countries greatest freedom
With memories engraved

Thank you for this honor
You give with pride each day
Those of all our "seasons"
Will never fade away

For each of you our promise
Of all our freedom saved
Each battleground now sacred
By footsteps that were paved.

Ms. Francine Pucillo©2003 Please visit her website for more beautiful poems

I have been in contact with my niece Megan, and was hoping to have a picture to post for this event, but unfortunately they are not allowed to take pictures ~ so I will try to describe this very special young lady to everyone ~ she is about 5"3", dark brown hair and big beautiful brown eyes with a slender build and a big heart! I remember when she was little, she would look at you with those "big brown eyes" and my heart would melt. Then other times when she may have done something she was not supposed to and knew it, she would "cut" those big brown eyes at you, knowing she was in "trouble", but she was and will always be my "other daughter" and I am hoping each of you will find it in your heart to let her know how much we all appreciate what she and her fellow troops are sacrificing for us.

I think the poem states exactly how I feel and I am hoping each of you feel the same! Doesn't matter if you agree or disagree with the war, it's about supporting each and every Soldier, Marine, Navy or Air Force personnel who truly give of their lives on a daily basis, so we can enjoy freedom and safety in the United States of America! My hat is off to the Troops and to each of you, and for that I say "Thank You"!

I have also found out one of the most requested items is a AT&T International Phone Card ~ make sure they are for calls from the Middle East to the United States of America.

Other items which are high on the list are:

Pre sweetened powdered drink mixes ( Crystal Lite, Gatorade, KoolAid…)
Hot Chocolate mix in single serve packets
Coffee ( ground, vacuum pak or small cans
Beef Jerky ( small packages)
Foot Powder (Gold Bond etc)
Eye Drops (for desert environment)
Lip Balm ( Blistex, Carmex, Chapstick etc.)

These items are in addition to the ones I put in the post when I announced this event.

Here is Meggie's address where you can either email or send a "care package" if you like. She is aware of this event and asked me to tell everyone thank you for showing your support and truly appreciates anything you would send, including an email. I know she would love to hear from you!

PFC Megan Donnelly
47th CSH
COB Speicher
TF Tikrit
APO AE 09393

email: she loved to hear from you!

You can also email any troop, even if you don't know them at this addy, thanking them ~

I know at times, I don't hear back from her for days, and it's because of the email system they have! At first, I must tell you, I was worried because I didn't hear from her and of course, thought the worst. But she is doing good, trying to adjust to being in a desert or "Sand Box" as it is referred to by others.
I am sending her a gorgeous chenille quilt, some Puffs Tissues with Lotion, candy, toiletry items and a few other things (which I won't mention, because I am not sure if she will be able to read the post or not), so I want some of the items to be a surprise! My box will be going out on Monday and am hoping it will arrive in time for Easter!

I have found some valuable information on shipping from USPS:

Before you send a letter or package to one of our troops overseas, make sure you’re aware of certain restrictions. Every country has customs regulations regarding incoming mail. Although there are specific restrictions for each five-digit Military Post Office ZIP Code™ (APO/FPO), generally, the following are prohibited in the region of Operation Iraqi Freedom:
Obscene articles (prints, paintings, cards, films, videotapes, etc).
Any matter depicting nude or seminude persons, pornographic or sexual items, or nonauthorized political materials.
Bulk quantities of religious materials contrary to the Islamic faith. Items for the personal use of the addressee are permissible.
Pork or pork by-products.
For packages, print on one side only with the recipient’s address in the lower right portion.

Use the service member’s full name. The Department of Defense cancelled the Any Service Member program so mail must be addressed to someone specific.
Include the unit and APO/FPO (Air/Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office) address with the nine-digit ZIP Code™ (if one is assigned).
Click-N-Ship® customers should be advised that the Postal Service and the Military will continue to add and update valid APO/FPO addresses for your online labels.
Include a return address.
For packages, print on one side only with the recipient’s address in the lower right portion or print a postage-paid label online with
Click-N-Ship®. (Please note that ZIP Codes 093XX and 964XX are currently unavailable for electronic labels. We apologize for the inconvenience.)

Tips on Packaging from USPS Website:
There are certain factors to consider when sending packages to our troops overseas. To make sure package contents arrive in good shape, take these into consideration.

Extreme Temperatures: Desert temperatures typically exceed 100 degrees.

The Box: Select a strong box with room for cushioning. On recycled boxes, cover all previous labels and markings with a heavy black marker or adhesive labels.

Cushioning: Cushion contents with Styrofoam or bubble wrap to keep items from shifting. We recommend fragile items be double boxed, with cushioning inside and between the boxes to absorb shock.

Batteries: Battery powered items will sometimes get turned on during shipment. Remove and wrap the batteries separately.

Sealing: Tape the opening of the box and reinforce all seams with 2 inch wide tape. Use clear or brown packaging tape, reinforced packing tape or paper tape. Do not use cord, string or twine.

Include a card describing the contents: Improperly wrapped packages can fall apart during shipment. Including a card inside, listing the sender’s and recipient’s addresses plus a description of the contents, helps in collecting the items. Here is a picture of the box you can get from the Post Office, it will save you on shipping, it's approximately $2.00 less expensive than the regular flat rate large box and also has a Logo on it which says "Support American Troops"! Here's a picture of the box and can be found here:

Listed below are other wonderful fellow bloggers who are also paying tribute to "Support Our Troops" Day Blog Event ~~ I want to thank each one who took the time out of their busy schedule to participate in the special event "Thank You"!

Mrs. Charlotte's Boutique

RME Bath & Body Shop

Graceful Rose

The French Bear

Etsy Thread Artists

Midlife Poet ~ Deborah

Enchanted Revelry ~ Tristan

Blog Mommas

Ribbons, Roses and More

Marionberry Cottage

Sam Rothrock

CaraM ~ The Household Helper

Scott ~ A Major in the Air Force

Let's not forget the families of the troops, for without their love and support, alot of the men and women who give so unselfishly of themselves, would not survive mentally and have nothing to look forward to when they return home! I salute the families of the troops and send you my sincere gratitude!

Lastly, to my niece, Megan, I am so proud of you, you have grown into a wonderful young woman and I am proud to say you are "My Niece"! I love you with all of my heart, be safe and we anxiously await your return home! Please let me know when you get your "care package" and I hope all of your fellow troops will enjoy the goody boxes and care packages on the way to "Our Troops" and please tell them "Thank You" from all of us! ~ Aunt Debie

Thanks so everyone who so graciously continue to "Support Our Troops" and for participating in the event. Don't forget to email them or drop them a card in the mail, sometimes that is all it takes to let them know we care!



Catherine said...

Thank you Mimi for your support of our troops. There are many ways to show we care. If your readers sew they can make blankets and sand scarves, knit or crochet wool helmet liners and hats for the winter. Knit, sew or crochet lapghans for our veteran hero`s. Crochet trach/stoma covers and make easy to sew catheter bag covers. There is more information at Soldiers Angels, Baker`s are welcome too. I am a volunteer. The wounded need our support as well.

Thank you Mimi and those listed on your blog post for caring.


Jacalyn @ said...

Thank you so much for organizing this. I am so glad to participate!
I wish Megan and her colleagues well!


Deborah said...

Good morning Mimi! Great job on your post. My son, PFC Ryan and all his Battle Buddies of the 3-8 Cavalry Regiment serving in Mosul, Iraq thank you for hosting this honorable event. **blows kisses** Deborah

Catherine said...

Mimi I forgot to personally thank Megan for her service to our country.

Thank you Megan for helping to keep all of us safe here at home. I thank the soldiers you are stationed with too. I know it is a sacrifice as well. My family and I support you 100%. God bless you and your family.

You are in our prayers.

Best Regards,

Linda said...

Thank you so much for doing this. I am so glad I could join in. It's the least we can do to let our troops know that we care and appreciate all they are doing for us.

J. S. Rothrock said...

What a great idea that this blog event was! We owe so much to our troops. My post focuses mostly on organizations that specialize in taking care of our troops and families. I look forward to reading the other posts in this event.

Graceful Rose said...

Mimi, thank you for organizing this event. I am sure that many more people were made aware of the needs of our soldiers because of it. I am happy to participate and support our troops as I am forever grateful for their sacrifice and service. Thank you to the families of those who serve.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful Blog & Great post. I have a nephew who has served 2 tours in Iraq & is a career man in the Marines. Currently he is stateside!
Keep up the good work!

Becky said...

Mimi, thanks for supporting the troops. Thanks for posting the pic of my hubby Rod. He is doing well.
Glad to hear that Megan is doing well. I want everyone to know that getting mail or emails from home are very important to the troops. Anything people can do for them is much Appreciated, even if it is just a prayer. I want you to know that if there is anything you need contact me. Again thanks for the support.
Hugs and Love

Shabby Lane Shops said...

Thanks Mimi for doing this I have a nephew in the Marines that has done 2 tours of Iraq. & they do appreciate all the support!!

Shabby Lane Shops said...

Thanks Mimi for doing this I have a nephew in the Marines that has done 2 tours of Iraq. & they do appreciate all the support!!

* TONYA * said...

Hi Mimi,

Thank you for stopping by my blog and thank you so much for organizing this day.

I just put up a post about it. My husband left again 2 days ago.


TheChicGeek said...

Hi Mimi. I've put a letter to the troops up at my blog. Thank you for doing this. I know the soldiers will appreciate it!

Here's my link

Say It With Roses said...

This is so thoughtful and caring, Mimi, for you to organize this for our brave men and women!

I keep them in my heart and prayers everyday. Where would we be without them? I know we can not begin to imagine what they go thru.

I need an address so I can send a box off!

Bellamere Cottage said...

I am THRILLED to have the opportunity to express my gratitude, both to your niece and the other troops.....the ones who are stationed here and abroad. I LOVE our military and can't begin to thank them for serving this great nation. Their sacrifice and that of their families is so awesome to me.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart....

God bless all of you!

Becs said...

Hi Mimi, haven't had access to a PC til now, sorry I missed the post, but I am out of town. But I did want to stop in here and say a big "THank You" to all our troops and may GOd Bless each and every one of you! BEcs

Rebecca said...

Hi Mimi!

I didn't get on my computer yesterday, but I was totally thinking about this and as you know I posted on BlogMommas. I just wanted to stop by today and tell you that I am going to send something off to Megan. We pray for all the troops and I just think this is so wonderful of you to create and host this very special day.

God Bless!


someplace in thyme said...

Mimi, I am so sorry that I am late in posting this. What a great job you are doing to promote this. My husband is a retired officer with 30 years of service in the United States Air Force. Their work is so important to each and every one of us and they put their lives on the line for their country everyday. Thankyou so much for helping us to be free, Char