On behalf of 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, thank you all so very much for the incredible assemblage of care packages. We were overwhelmed by your generosity, and cannot thank you enough for thinking of everything we could possibly want or need. The men of 2nd Platoon are a special group of Paratroopers. They're strong willed, tight-knit, and stop at nothing to accomplish the mission. Most of all, they're honored to serve the American people. When they get a tangible "thank you" on the magnitude of your care package shipment, it strengthens their resolve to push through the boredom, stress, and separation from their families and stay sharp. I hope this message finds you well at the end of labor day weekend, and please know that you have truly brought the comfort of home significantly closer to 23 men. Thanks again and God bless, Luke, AFG, 4 September 2017
Here at OB Fenty, we received a package sent to USO Camp Arifjan. We wanted you to know how grateful we are. The candy, snacks, coffee & tea and other items were happily received by the troops.
Thank you for your generous donation of snacks & coffee to the Chaplain's Clothes Closet (CCC). Your donation will be used for direct support of our Wounded Warriors taking good care of their daily needs in life, making them as comfortable as possible. Sincerely, Chief Clinical Pastoral Div, Landstuhl Regional Med Center
Thank you so very much for the cookies. Your care packages are very much appreciated, especially the coffee. The military runs on coffee, at the Air Force does. Sincerely, MSgt S, Aug 31, 2017
I wanted to reach out and say Thank You to you and your team for the care packages. All 55 were received and were a big hit to the crew of the USS NIMITZ and to the AIRWING. We really appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into making this happen. V/R Steve, USS Nimitz, 30 August 2017
The other day we received a couple care packages from Adopt a Soldier Platoon.We were more than excited to receive those packages. We are a Special Forces team currently deployed to the (redacted) Desert. We only get a plane out to our site to deliver mail and supplies every few weeks, so it was a huge morale boost to see the packages from Adopt a Soldier Platoon. We love getting those packages because you guys put so much thought and effort into the items you pack. We truly appreciate it!
I just wanted to send an email to thank all of you who contributed to these packages. Whether it was your time packing, or whether you donated items to be packed, I thank you! I want to thank OritaniBank for the postage of the packages and thank you to the foundation. Thank you for the coffee from Bill Callas at Coffee Associates. The Mike and Ikes are probably everybody’s favorite item. We call them “sugar belly” candy. Thank you to Just Born and Carol Saeger for the sugar and Rich Gelber for transporting the candy to the warehouse to be shipped.
The girl scout cookies were delicious! We still have plenty, but a few boxes have already disappeared. Thank you to Girl Scout Cookies from Nassau County and Lucy Effron for getting those to us and our friends at DHL, Cathy O’Reilly and Steve Bruno for shipping the cookies. The flashlights were very bright and thank you to Cherly Sina for the donation. Thank you to the Unilever Military Team for the Dove wipes, which are the best wipes ever! Also, I wanted to say that the pillows by Diane are very comfortable and look amazing! Thank you for taking the time to make those by hand. Thank you for all the extra snacks that were donated by John Grisoni. I also wanted to thank Rick Desilva of Liberty Subaru for donating the cigars and dip. You know the military loves their tobacco and thank you for sending us those. We’ve already used up some cigars for a celebration.
As always, I want to give a huge shout out and thank you to the packing team led by Jose Alicea. Thank you for taking time to lead a team to pack those boxes for us. Also, thank you to Scott Powley, the warehouse manager, and Tim McDonough the Mail Room Manager as well as Bill Horgan. None of this would be possibly without you guys working tirelessly packing these boxes and shipping them out. Thank you to Menasha Corp for donating boxes, and Diane Casey for doing the customs forms.
If I missed anybody, please forward this email to them! I sincerely want to thank you all for everything you do for us. It does not go unnoticed. I wanted to make sure that all of you were thanked for taking time out of your day to think about us and send us something. It means a lot to us out here, especially when mail is few and far between. Everything you guys do makes a difference and I want to thank you on behalf of my Special Forces Operational Detachment.Jeff, Aug 24, 2017
Good Evening, I wanted to reach out and thank you for the incredible package we received. I am the Division Officer for Electrical division on the USS NIMITZ CVN-68. We just got a package from the 'Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon' nonprofit! I have been on board for 7 months, and on deployment since the beginning of June. My division has 89 sailors between the ages of 21-30 years old. Every day we stand watch to provide electrical power, propulsion to the ships engines, and steam to catapult aircraft off the ship. In the extreme heat we are experiencing while in the middle east, any happy moment is cherished. The day the package arrived it felt like Christmas for the division! The girl scout cookies, coffee, and sweets were delicious.The photo attached is of our strike group sailing with the Japanese and Indian navy's for a foreign relations mission last month. We are the aircraft carrier in the bottom left! Thank you again for your generosity! V/r, LTJG Claire (redacted), Electrical Division Officer, USS NIMITZ CVN-68, 28 July 2017
On this Independence Day holiday, it gives us great joy to express our sincere gratitude for the support we have received from you all throughout our deployment. You all have played an integral role for us to maintain ourresiliency! Especially with those girls scout cookies . The time has come for us to pass the torch to next group of brave Soldiers. We will be leaving country this month. We are truly grateful for each and every one of you and we pray that God blesses you richly for the kind work that you do. Thank you again on behalf of the members of the 160th FST. July 3, 2017
We received 2 large boxes in great condition packed full of Girl Scout cookies, patriotic Mike and Ikes, giant coffee bags, and our personal favorite K-cups. We cannot Thank You enough for thinking of us and the thoughtfulness that arrived before 4th of July. We understand the logistics behind this is a team effort and wanted to Thank the people behind the scenes that produce this goodness on a large scale! You got us, we got you! VR, Darrin 30 June 2017
The memorial bracelets just arrived, and they look great! We are working the distro plan, and we will have Paratroopers across the country wearing them soon. Thanks to you and the team for all of your support and especially for helping us honor (redacted) and his service. A lot of people talk about support for the military, but you all live it. It harkens me back to my first unit whose motto was "Deeds not words." from a Battalion Commander, 7 June 2017
To all of you, I am currently deployed to (redacted) as part of a Special Forces Operational Detachment. We have been very busy out here in the Desert. We received a care package yesterday from Adopt a Soldier Platoon and we were all very excited to see what was inside. I want to thank everybody who donated or took part in putting stuff together to send out to us. It is such a morale boost when we get mail out here because of the weeks in between our mail deliveries. Whenever packages show up, it’s almost like Christmas.
I would like to thank the Unilever Military team for sending out some deodorant, baby wipes, and miscellaneous personal care products. Those are always well received by everybody. I want to thank the Casey team for the pillow. One of our guys didn’t have a pillow, and now he’s got one to take out on missions. Not only that, but it came with an awesome American Flag inside of it. Thank you to Just Born and Hampton Roads Moving & Storage for the Mike and Ikes. I think that was everybody’s favorite thing. They are delicious! I also want to thank the Palisades Country Day School for all the other snacks and personal care items.
None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the volunteer work by the Warehouse manager and the mail room. Thank you so much for packing and sending that stuff out. And, also a big thanks to OritaniBank Charitable Foudnation for paying for the postage to get all those items to us. If I forgot anybody else in the Thank yous, please let me know so I can personally thank them. It means a lot to us for people to take time and money to send us stuff and the least I can do is send them a message that says thank you from our team.
Lastly, I would like to thank the team for getting us a Yeti cooler. This thing is going to be a lifesaver out here in the heat. The ability to keep our drinks cold while we’re driving around in the desert is going to a huge morale boost for us while it’s 115 degrees and we’re drinking cold water. Thank you so much for everything you do. We really appreciate it out here. After our next mission, I will send you out a picture of us doing what we do best. In the meantime, thanks again. Sincerely, Jeff M, 19 May 2017
Thank you for the wonderful gift you recently sent to the crew of the USS George H. W. Bush. We have distributed the gifts from Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon throughout the ship, and our Sailors are already enjoying them.
On behalf of our entire crew, please accept my sincere gratitude. Your thoughtfulness and generosity are deeply appreciated. All the best,CAPT (redacted), Commanding Officer, May 11, 2017
Team Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon Inc. and associates,Thank you so much for the work you do raising morale for our men and women in uniform. We here on the USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77) recently received a mountain of care packages from your team and I wanted to write and let you know where a few of those packages ended up. I am the V-2 Division Officer onboard CVN 77 and our division of over 200 Sailors is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) onboard this mighty aircraft carrier. My Sailors work long hours in a very dynamic and dangerous work environment, but they have a lot of pride in what they do and they inspire me every single day. Care packages like the ones you work so hard to compile and send out really do put a smile on our faces and we thank you for your support! I’ve attached a picture of our CVN 77 V-2 family for you. We hope all is well back at home and we look forward to getting back after our current deployment is complete.
Very Respectfully, LT David R
thank you for the wonderful boxes that you all sent to us here in Bagram. We appreciate all we receive but often we get an overabundance of candy and things that we try to stay away from. But the stuff you all sent, the Keurig, the ibuprofen, the crackers, etc.... we truly appreciate it and we were so pleasantly surprised to open the boxes.First Sgt, 31 Dec 2016, AFG
I would like to thank you for your support of our unit, (unit name redacted). The numerous boxes of holiday cookies, candy, and decorations have brought a little taste of home to our offices and workplaces. The holidays are especially trying for deployed personnel as they cope with the stresses of the environment as well separation from family and friends. Your gifts touch the hearts, and stomachs, of so many Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and military Civilians it is impossible to say thank you enough.
As both a deployed service member and the father of a deployed service member, I want to personally thank you for what you have done for my family. My son was overwhelmed by the great outpouring from Adopt A Soldier Platoon. I am equally amazed at your generosity. Please accept my sincere gratitude for what you do for our service members world-wide.
The American politician, Frank A. Clark said, "Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out." With regard to your organization, I would say real generosity is doing something nice for someone you will never know.
Thank you for your caring spirit and the generosity you show to so many whom you will never know.Very respectfully, Larry E, 31 Dec 2016, AFG
Good morning! I wanted to send a very heartfelt THANK YOU for all of the amazing goodies in the care packages sent by your organization! Our unit has been blown away by the generosity, from the toiletries, to the snacks, to the Kuerig! Being here this time of year has been tough on our Soldiers, but all the love from back home definitely makes it much easier. Thank you again for everything you guys do for our Warfighters, and thanks to Noah for passing our info along! Happy New Year! V/r, Katie, 30 Dec 2016 AFG
I wanted to thank you for your gifts to our Airmen! They really enjoy the K-Cup style coffee, t-shirts, razors, and patches! Thank you again for your generosity. v/r Ch Kelley, 19 Oct 2015
All,Thank you so much for the gifts. Everybody here ALWAYS gets giddy when we know an "Adopt-A-Soldier-Platoon" package arrives :)
William, Thanks for the fresh roasted K-cups. Coffee is essential in these neck of the woods!
Lynne, Having this Keurig machine will greatly impact the speed at which coffee enters our systems-- to which keeps us alert -- allowing us to better bring it to our foes! Thank You!
Kurt and Andrea, We all know that Axe products attract the ladies back in the homeland... but did you know that the terrorists are appalled by it? Double-Whammy!
Bill, Thank you so much for the t-shirts-- I handed them out to a couple lower-ranking hard workers! I will probably seeing them represent in the gym with it on later this evening
Thanks for putting this all together!! Thanks again everyone!v/r Kyle, AFG, 17 Oct 2015
I wanted to take a minute to thank Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon for your generous donations of your time and supplies to our team. We have reached out to the groups listed on your note to thank them as well, but if you see them, please let them know how much we appreciate their support. We are a veterinary team station in (redacted). Our job is to look after the military working dogs in the area as well as inspect food at all the dining facilities and restaurants on base to ensure that our troops receive safe, high quality food. It is great to hear from folks back home and know that we have your support. The hardest thing about deployments is being away from family, but knowing that people support the job that we are asked to do and are willing to go above and beyond with that support makes it all worthwhile. I have included a picture of our team from in front of the main flag posts on camp. We are holding the veterinary “green cross” flag. Veterinary units aren’t given the same protected status as other medical units so we are identified by a green cross instead of a red one. Thank you again for your very generous support. Jeff, AFG 7-10-15
Thank you for sending all of the wonderful items. They were enjoyed by the many deployed Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. We truly appreciated the Girl Scout cookies, the Jelly Beans, the Keurig, the K-Cups, the coffee, the TRX, along with all of the other great snacks. Although I have now redeployed, please know that your thoughtfulness and generosity made a huge difference to so many during this deployment. Words cannot express our sincere thanks, to all of the people supporting your organization. Thank you !!! Sincerely,Angela, Afghanistan June 2014 - June 2015, card recvd 19 June 2015
I was very surprised to open a huge box this evening containing a Keurig coffeemaker. My guys and I are completely overwhelmed. And holy jelly beans! Those are being devoured as I write this. We are grateful or the coffeemaker. We are grateful for the jelly beans. However, what we are most grateful for are people such as yourselves. Soldiers learn many things during their service. Whether it be three or four years, or over twelve for those such as myself, we learn how to define ourselves. We learn how to push ourselves, sacrificing ourselves for our brothers, and for our people at home. We learn to love our country. We also learn a lot about other people.
We see the yellow ribbon magnets, politicians speaking in support of the military. However, it is far more rare to see action behind words. What you do makes a much more significant impact than you may realize. For a Soldier struggling on a deployment, such an act of generous support can help turn the tide. For all of us, it's heartwarming to know that it is not an act of patriotism - such a sentiment can be seasonal and fleeting - but an act by Patriots. We all know that the war here isn't "popular" anymore. The majority of Americans are tired of hearing about it. That is certainly their right and their prerogative. But for you, and those like you, we say thank you -- and we mean it. None of us signed up for some pseudo-celebrity status, but because of a belief that we must stand for our country, its constitution, and its people. We do it out of a sense of service and duty. We see the same ideals in you and it's more than comforting to know that you have our backs. We are humbled.
So, from (redacted unit - location) "RAKKASANS!", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), we send a heartfelt thank you. Your generosity, your moral support, and sense of civic duty has made a bunch of well trained hooligans that much more of a threat to our nation's enemies. If in Napoleon's era, an army marched on its stomach, then I think it is most accurate to say that ours fights on caffeine. SFC C, AFG, 22 May 2015
I like to start off by saying thank you to everyone from all of our hearts who sent us: the coffee, snacks/goodies, Teanie Beanies jelly beans, Girl Scott cookies, for all the packages, and the Unilever Foundation. We really appreciate all the love, efforts and time put in to making this possible. The Soldiers and I are very grateful and thankful for all of you. The mixed flavored Teanie Beanies jelly beans vanished real fast
We are very busy and things are hectic at times but never too busy to reach out to show our appreciation for such a dedicated team. Please take good care of yourselves and be safe. We love you all.Hooah!!! 13 May 2015, James H, AFG
Just had the privilege of opening your CARE PAX ....AWESOME - THNX!!!! Our mission here is simple - to protect the defend the national security interests of the United States from violent extremist organizations and other potential threats in East Africa and to create a secure environment that promotes stability, good governance, and continued development. Currently we are tasked with base construction, expanding our camp to accommodate Troops well into the next few decades. Conditions here are moderte; temperatures here range from 110-120f with sandstorms daily.
We are proud to serve our Nation, especially knowing that people appreciate our efforts and the sacrifices we (inclluding our families) make on a daily basis. Keep up the work - God Bless America!!! Keith, 11 May 2015
We at the (redacted) would like to thank you for your generosity and kindness. We received three packages which were filled with candy bars, coffee, toiletry items, girl scout cookies, and teanie beanies via the "Adopt A Soldier Platoon," which will undoubtedly keep spirits higher among the Soldiers here. It is with a profound sense of appreciation that we received the packages, not only for the actual items contained, but perhaps more so because of what they represent; an American public who still supports us and our mission here. We thank you again for everything. Lee, AFG, 11 May 2015
Received the latest boxes/care packages !! many thanks…getting all the items out so “ALL” may enjoy!! Thanks again for keeping the morale of all deployed service members on the front page! Brian C, AFG, 10 May 2015
Thanks again for keeping the morale of all deployed service members on the front page, Adopt A Soldier Platoon,I would like to send my heartfelt gratitude for your generosity and hard work on behalf of myself and all who have benefited from your kindness. The care packages that you send provide happiness and comfort to many more than are on your list. It’s like opening a Christmas present every time they arrive. What a great thing, to share a cup of fresh brewed coffee and girl scout cookies with your teammates to boost morale, and then to follow it up with jelly beans! “Forget about it!”God bless you and thank you from the bottom of my heart,Mike P, AFG, 9 May 2015
Thank you so much for sending that wonderful package. I can’t tell you how much that coffee has helped us get to such long days!!! We truly appreciate the notes, the candy, the workout stuff, and the coffee!! you are all a true blessing. Emily M., AFG, 9 May 2015
Thanks for the packages. We received them yesterday and the Soldiers have thoroughly enjoyed them already. From the GS cookies, to the gourmet jelly beans, to the fresh roasted coffee, and the mixed packages of snacks and goodies, the Soldiers and leaders of (redacted) really appreciate your generosity and are extremely grateful for your support. None of the boxes remained in my office very long and as I walk around, I see lots of empty packages of Girl Scout cookies and jelly beans. Attached are pictures of me with the packages in my office. I will send more pictures of the various leaders and soldiers with the snacks a little later. Again, thank you all. Tony W, AFG, 6 May 2015 We received a package here yesterday from your org and, though addressed to the person who was supposed to be here, but whose place I took, I wanted to convey my sincere thanks. I intend to send a separate message to the members spelled out in the letter you enclosed in the package. If you have a list of physical addresses handy, I’d prefer to physically write a note and send but if you don’t have that info readily available, I understand and will use the 21st century method. ;o)
I have spent a considerable amount of time in this part of the world and can assure you that the troops LOVE to receive things from home and really just the good ‘ole USA in general! I will ensure this package gets disseminated to our folks and let them know its origin as well.Again, thank you so much and have a GREAT day! Hooah, SMSgt P, AFG, 1 May 2015
All, Christmas has arrived in Erbil! Mail has finally made its way here, and the team is motivated and thankful for all your kindness and support! Items received: 9 boxes from AaSP which included three Keurig's, coffee, TRXs, and a lot of other items. We are setting conditions to deliver the socks to the Peshmerga. Sylvie, we received your boxes too. We appreciate the coffee, coffee creamer, Vitamin C supplement, Beef Jerky and the Girl Scout cookies which have been a big hit. We shared some of the Mardi Gras beads with the Kurdistan security team for the upcoming Kurdistan New Year holiday in March. Diane and Bill, appreciate the support with the Keurig's. Ron, we appreciate the 6 TRX systems. Very helpful with the lack of gym equipment here. Truly appreciate you efforts in supporting the military and the team here in Erbil. Thank you,Mike, IRQ, 21 Feb 2015. Thank you so much for the wonderful care packages! The Keurig is now referred to as the Ferrari as it has mostly replaced a much older machine we had in here. The TRX was a huge hit; the guys went nuts when they saw them. Those came at the right time as they also replaced an aging set in our gym. Thank you again so much it's always the best day when your name is on the package list!!! Kassandra, AFG, 9 Feb 2015
See that smile? That's the smile of my internet communications specialist who gets to hook an Xbox to that TV in the background. Of course, now I have to worry about my admin and ops folks getting distracted...I guess I can use this as a carrot for more productivity like I do with my kids back home, just instead of doing the dishes they can finish some promotions! Thanks all for keeping us in your thoughts. The 190+ Soldiers of (redacted) thank you! We sent the additional games to our MWR and to the Chapel for their use and distribution. (BTW, don't worry about the map in the background...it's open source) Patrick, 8 Feb 2015
Just had the privilege of opening your CARE PAX...AWESOME – THNX!!! We are US NAVY SEABEES stationed at Camp Lemonnier – Djibouti, Africa. Our mission here is simple - to protect and defend the national security interests of the United States from violent extremist organizations and other potential threats in East Africa and to create a secure environment that promotes stability, good governance, and continued development. Currently we are tasked with base construction, expanding our camp to accommodate Troops well into the next few decades. Conditions here are moderate; temperatures here range from 110-120f’ with sandstorms daily. We are proud to serve our Nation, especially knowing that people appreciate our efforts and the sacrifices we (including our families) make on a daily basis. Keep up the work – God Bless America!!! Chief J, 5 Feb 2015
We received the video games today! Thanks so much, I distributed them to the sections that have Xboxes and put one in our Patient Relaxation Area. Thanks so much! The gamers here were very happy to have a new game to pass the time with! Thanks for everything your organization does for us deployed warriors!Charlie O, USAF, 5 FEB 2015
Guys -- Got the TRX system today, wow, AWESOME!!!! it went right to our S1 OIC, he is a fellow college football player and he does a super job of incorporating different individuals into a proper PT mentality. this is an invaluable gift and will be cherished here as well as at home, unless it gets inherited by the replacement units. thank you again, your support never ceases to amaze me!!
The Keurig you sent is going strong and enjoyed by way many more people than i know. Did you enjoy the super bowl? i slept; it was telecast here from 00:00 - 03:00. not that important for me. 'specially not those two teams. stay warm, be glad you're not in boston, talk to you soon!!CPT J, 4 Feb 2015