NEVER LET A SOLDIER WALK AWAY FROM MAIL CALL WITH NOTHING

 

 

 

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A CHRISTMAS STORY IN THE MOUNTAINS OF AFGHANISTAN
It was Christmas, but it didn’t seem like it at a small U.S. Army base in the mountains of Afghanistan. Soldiers were going about their daily duties, but a little lonelier than usual. Then the day suddenly got better. One officer started delivering care packages provided by America’s Moms for Soldiers.
“They were all so thankful, and for a moment, forgot it was going to be a long Christmas night,” the officer emailed. “Each one of the soldiers came to thank me for bringing them the boxes and I told each of them where the boxes came from. “Thank you for helping me bring some Christmas cheer to young soldiers who are so far from home. Thank you so much for caring about somebody who serves so far away and helping him remember the true meaning of Christmas.”
America’s Moms for Soldiers receives many thank you notes and emails through the year, but this one was especially meaningful. It best describes America’s Moms’ mission over the past six years – making sure that those in the military who don’t normally get mail receive a monthly care package. And it’s especially important that they are remembered at this time of year.
As we prepare for Christmas and the holidays, it’s easy to forget that thousands of U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan and other dangerous places around the world. Some are facing another winter at remote mountain outposts; others patrol still dangerous villages. And too often they are short on supplies. That’s where America’s Moms for Soldiers comes in. We are an all-volunteer staff based in Pompano Beach, Fla., and with your help we will be able to continue our mission.
We have mailed nearly 55,000 care packages since 2009 to troops of all branches of the military. Working with officers and chaplains, we especially target those troops who do not receive mail from home.
Our care packages contain snack foods and hygiene products. For the holidays, we included blankets in each box.
We rely on financial and supply donations from individuals, schools, churches and other organizations. More than 95% of donations go directly to supplies and postage. Mailing expenses alone are more than $3,000 per month.
As you and your family celebrate Christmas and all the holidays, remember those on the front line guarding our freedoms. We ask that you continue to support our mission through 2014 and until the last troops come home.
Contributions can be made here on the website through PayPal or mailed to America’s Moms for Soldiers, P.O. Box 668487, Pompano Beach, FL, 33066.
If your school, church, or organization is interested in sponsoring a supply drive, please call 954-358-9358.
With special thanks from all the brave men and women we depend on. … And at times, they depend on us.
 

 

 

MIAMI HEAT'S PAT RILEY, CHRIS BOSH SUPPORT U.S. TROOPS

By Ira Winderman

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Miami Heat President Pat Riley and Heat center Chris Bosh spent Monday, Nov. 3 working with America's Moms for Soldiers at AmericanAirlines Arena to help prepare care packages for U.S. troops based in Afghanistan in advance of Veteran's Day.

Bosh's participation was part of his work with his Team Tomorrow foundation.

The packages, which will be shipped to active members of the U.S. military, contain fleece blankets, hygiene items, snacks and more, as well as a personal letter thanking them for their service.

"It means a lot to me," Riley said, "just because of the respect, I think, level that needs to be shown to all of the military personnel around the world, to honor them with our efforts. How big or how small is irrelevant. It's the fact that we're going to do something recognizing this organization.

"This is great to be part of it."

Among those also participating Monday were Heat players Chris Andersen and James Ennis, coach Erik Spoelstra, members of the U.S. Army as well as volunteers from Miramar High School's girls basketball team and their coaches.

"It's special for me only to know that something so small can help out for guys who are contributing overseas," Bosh said. "My wife and I tell the story every year, we both have family members that get deployed and go in and out of the country, I've been alone before and out of the country and away from home, and it's tough.

"But just to know that something as simple as a care package can make guys smile, especially guys who are sacrificing so much for this country."

In 2006, Riley launched the Heat's Home Strong initiative, an ongoing program where members of the U.S. military who have returned home are saluted during before each Heat home game.

"This year there still are many Americans displaced in places where they probably shouldn't be," Riley said, "but they are because of we as a country care about other people in other parts of the world.

"When you spend time in a war zone, and again, I can't relate to it, because I've never been there. It must be an incredible sense of courage. So we want to continue to support that forever, if we could."

America's Moms for Soldiers is a Pompano Beach-based nonprofit with an all-volunteer staff that has mailed more than 50,000 care packages during the past five years. Working with chaplains and officers, America's Moms' mission is, "To never let a soldier walk away from mail call with nothing." The group specifically targets troops who do not receive regular mail. Click here to see more photos.

 

 

50,000 CARE PACKAGES

Pompano-based military support group sends 50,000th care package

 
POMPANO BEACH--Chewing gum, 35 cents; lip balm, 99 cents; white socks, $1.25; sending 50,000 packages of these everyday items to U.S. military personnel deployed overseas? Priceless.

America's Moms for Soldiers reached that milestone Wednesday with the shipment of its 50,000th care package to Afghanistan.

The five-year-old Pompano Beach-based non-profit group began with a list of 20 soldiers in 2009 but grew rapidly, now mailing about 700 care packages per month to Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Click here to read more of article and to see the video and photos.

 

 

 

 

IN MEMORY OF SEPTEMBER 11TH

The nation paused again on September 11th to remember that horrible day 13 years ago.

The Miami marketing team of the New York-based KIND snack bar company wanted to do something special to commemorate the day.
 
They came to the America’s Moms for Soldiers office in Pompano Beach to pack 150 care packages to send to troops in Afghanistan. The KIND team donated healthy nuts and spice snack bars to be included in each care package.
 
The packing session came one week after America’s Moms for Soldiers packed its 50,000th care package. It also came at a time when it became apparent that U.S. troops will remain in harm’s way and the need for care packages will continue. The night before President Obama announced that U.S. forces would expand their efforts in fighting terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

The packing event fit KIND’s socially-conscious business philosophy of “making the world a little kinder, one act at a time.” 
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SCHOOL SERVICE PROJECT? SUPPORT THE TROOPS

Another school year has begun. And America’s Moms for Soldiers is inviting schools to partner with us in honoring and supporting our deployed soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen.
 
Our mission: “Never let a soldier walk away from mail call with nothing.”
 
Based in Broward County, America’s Moms for Soldiers is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. We are all volunteers and all contributions go directly to mailing care packages. We have mailed more than 50,000 care packages, and even with some troops returning home, we continue to send approximately 700 per month to service members who ordinarily do not receive any mail. The contact information for these young men and women has been provided by their military commanders and chaplains.
 
America’s Moms for Soldiers is asking schools to hold supply drives to help fill the monthly care packages. These care packages contain hygiene products, comfort items and non-perishable food items. Blankets are supplied in the winter. Many of these soldiers are based at remote mountain outposts in Afghanistan and supplies are not readily available.
 
Supplies are needed throughout the year, but it also helps to set a goal in honor of a special event such as Veterans Day, Memorial Day or around the holiday season. Please emphasize small individual travel-size hygiene products and snack-size food items. Many schools have found families eager to buy supplies. Other schools have held fund-raisers and then bought supplies in bulk. Financial contributions are also welcome; postage costs nearly $3,000 per month. Students also are encouraged to write letters of thanks and support. For security and privacy reasons, America’s Moms cannot provide names or addresses for service members.
 
Many Broward and Miami-Dade schools have joined us. We would like to add your school to our list of contributors. Gathering supplies is a terrific service project and a great way to show appreciation for those who live in constant danger to protect our freedoms. Service hours can be earned. If your school is able to help, you and your students will have provided much more than supplies. You will be major partners in boosting the morale of these brave men and women by letting them know they are remembered.
 
We look forward to working with you on this important mission.
 
Questions or to discuss a supply drive: 954-358-9358; website: www.americasmomsforsoldiers.com

 

 

 

 

A ‘NIGHT OUT’ TO SUPPORT THE TROOPS

 
Miramar residents showed their support for the military and America’s Moms for Soldiers by donating supplies at Sunset Lakes’ annual National Night Out event on Aug. 5.
 
It’s become a popular night in the west Miramar community and many families provided supplies for care packages. Children also wrote letters thanking the troops.
 
Colonel Hector Paz, at home after being deployed to Afghanistan, told residents the excitement he saw first-hand as soldiers opened the care packages they received from America’s Moms. He explained that the care packages were especially appreciated by units at small remote bases where supplies are not readily available.
 
America’s Moms for Soldiers continues to send approximately 700 care packages per month to Afghanistan, and in August, will pass 50,000 since its inception in 2009.
 
As wars and insurrections break out around the globe, it remains important to remember those troops in harm’s way and defending our freedom.
 
As Sunset Lakes residents and others have found, donating supplies is a fun service project. If your community, school, church or company is interested in sponsoring a supply drive or packing party, please call 954-358-9358.
 
Financial contributions can be made here on the website through PayPal or mailed to America’s Moms for Soldiers, P.O. Box 668487, Pompano Beach, FL, 33066.
 

 

 

AMERICA’S MOMS SUPPORTS WORLD WAR II HONOR FLIGHT

 
America’s Moms for Soldiers is joining the celebration for World War II veterans on their Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to see the World War II Memorial.
 
America’s Moms, which has sent nearly 50,000 care packages to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, is showing its support for another generation. The Pompano Beach-based charity packed 45 treat bags for the World War II veterans on their all-day trip to Washington on Saturday, May 31.
 
The bags were filled with Girl Scout cookies and other snacks, hand-sanitizing wipes and photos of the WWII and Iwo Jima memorials. The NBA champion Miami Heat supplied souvenir coins, showing the five branches of the military.
 
America’s Moms volunteers are also joining the large welcoming party for the return flight to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport. The Honor Flight charter is scheduled to arrive at Terminal 3 at approximately 8 p.m. on May 31. The flight committee is encouraging people to be at Terminal 3 by 7:30.
 
Honor Flight is a national organization with the goal of bringing as many World War II veterans as possible to Washington D.C. to see their memorial.
 
The South Florida hub took 18 veterans in October, 2013. This time they are taking 45. Each is accompanied by a "guardian." The veterans go for free; the guardians pay $400 for the day.
 
For more information about the Honor Flight welcome, please visit www.honorflightsouthflorida.org.

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Every contribution worth a big “thank you”

Do you ever wonder how much impact your charitable contributions really are making?
With a donation to America’s Moms for Soldiers, you can be assured that virtually every penny goes directly to sending care packages to troops in Afghanistan. We are an all-volunteer staff; there are no paid employees. We work out of donated office space and many supplies are donated by schools, churches, companies and other organizations.
So you want to hear exactly what kind of impact you can have? America’s Moms receives many emails and letters of thanks. Here’s just a sample:
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“I just want to express my gratitude for the care packages you sent to us. Receiving mail while deployed is one of the best morale boosters for any soldier. Sadly there are many of us that don’t have people that can send packages so anything makes a huge difference.
“I really enjoy reading the letters from the children. They always make me smile. I’ve made a wall in my office just to hang their letters and pictures.”
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“Thank you so much for the package of goodies I received from your organization. Words cannot express the gratification that we soldiers feel when we receive packages. It really lets us know that what we do is noticed and appreciated back home in the United States.”
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“I would personally like to thank you on behalf of my platoon for the numerous care packages that were sent by your organization. Many of the items, especially the Girl Scout cookies, were very much appreciated by the soldiers. The (Afghan soldiers) are amazed by the gratitude and hopefully the word will spread of how great a support group we have. Thanks again for the many gifts and hours you put into these packages. Many thanks for your continued support of our great country.”
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“Our entire section was all smiles as we opened the packages and shared their contents among the group. This is a great thing you have done for soldiers who are away from home and loved ones. I know my short letter cannot fully express the gratitude and appreciation of all the people you touch by your act of kindness.”
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Troops are starting to return home, but more than 35,000 still remain in Afghanistan. Please help us complete our mission until the last troops come home.
Contributions can be made here on the website through PayPal or can be mailed to P.O. Box 668487, Pompano Beach, FL 33066
 

 

FOR THOSE WHO GIVE SO MUCH

Most days the war seems so far away and it’s easy to forget there are still 40,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Occasionally, war and its effects are closer than we realize.
On most weekends, America’s Moms for Soldiers is at a South Florida event inviting people to sign banners to send to the military with greetings of thanks and support. These are just a few of the stories we heard one Saturday morning:
· A mother describing her daughter’s fear when her boyfriend was deployed to Afghanistan and her horror when she heard he was shot. After a few months at a hospital in Germany, the young soldier and his girlfriend were reunited.
 
· A man describing what it was like to work for several years in the amputee unit at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
 
· A young veteran telling how while serving in Somalia and on his 57th parachute jump his right leg landed awkwardly in a hole. The wind was still pulling his parachute as he struggled reaching for his knife to cut himself free. A big gust yanked the chute and he heard a crack. The femur in his right leg, still trapped in the hole, had fractured. “Look,” he said, jumping up and down, ”the leg’s OK now, but I couldn’t re-enlist after the injury.”
 
· An older former Marine remembering when he and a friend saw a headline while they were serving in Vietnam: “President Johnson says he won’t send Americans to Southeast Asia.” “Where does he think we were? Hawaii?” the Marine said. He paused briefly. “My friend died the next day, shot right between the eyes.”
America’s Moms for Soldiers tries to ease a little of the loneliness by sending monthly care packages to troops in Afghanistan who do not receive mail. We buy some supplies; others are donated. The biggest expense is postage – averaging $4,000 per month. A contribution of $50 will brighten the day for 15 troops, covering the expense of mailing one large box of 15 care packages. A larger donation helps more; smaller donations help too.
We can all give a little for those who give so much.

 

 

 

THE MISSION CONTINUES AND YOUR HELP IS NEEDED

Nearly 40,000 troops remain in Afghanistan. Many are young. Many have left their families again for yet another deployment.

Many never receive any mail from home.

So America’s Moms for Soldiers continues its mission into 2014 making sure those soldiers, marines and airmen will receive at least one care package each month.

If you’ve seen the movie “Lone Survivor,” you know the dangers that still exist in the Afghan mountains and villages.

America’s Moms for Soldiers mails more than 1,000 care packages per month. We soon will pass more than 50,000 over the past five years.

South Florida has been generous in supporting our cause. Organizations from the Girls Scouts to the two-time NBA champion Miami Heat have been reliable in their support of the troops and America’s Moms.

Many schools, churches and other groups have held supply drives. The greatest expense is mailing, nearly $4,000 per month. With the recent increase in postal rates, America’s Moms expects its mailing expenses to increase 15-20 percent.

Here’s your chance to give a small thank you to those who risk so much: A donation of $50 will cover the postage to mail a large box of 15 individual care packages. Contributions can be made here on the website through PayPal or checks can be mailed to America’s Moms for Soldiers, P.O. Box 668487, Pompano Beach, FL, 33066.

With special thanks from all the brave men and women we depend on. And sometimes they depend on us.

 

 

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