Support Our Troops

We have adopted 2 new units that will carry us through April of next year. 

Our Navy troop is aboard the USS Makin Island, a WASP amphibious assault ship. We have 26 males and 6 females that are all Aviation Support Equipment Technicians, Second Class. They are supporting operations in Iraq and Syria and are in the absolute middle of the overseas chaosis.
Our Army adopted troop is in the “sand box”, in Kuwait. There are 100 males and 25 females.

Submariners, please don’t forget our troops, especially with the upcoming holidays. They need our continued support to know America misses them and thanks them for all they do for us. Please continue to pray for them as both units are currently on the front lines of danger.

On a personal note, I cannot thank each and every one of you for your support of this project. This was a personal quest of mine and Keith’s and we are so grateful to have you as our wingman! We absolutely could not forward the amount of care packages we do, without your help. Vinny has been very gracious in delivering your donations to Keith and I, so please don’t hesitate to give them to him in our absence.

Click Here to see Items Needed.  If you would like to support us financially, you can do that as well.

Thank you for us and from our deployed troops. God Bless America!


Keith and Gayle Carlaw
P.O. Box 595 
Pleasant View, TN 37146

Thank you for your support!
Keith and Gayle
Just click on the button and enter the amount you would like to donate.  This money will go to supporting our troops in either various articles or shipping.  Thank You! 

Santa Gayle packing Christmas for the Troops

posted Nov 5, 2014, 2:56 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Nov 5, 2014, 3:01 AM ]

She’s getting them ready to ship! Thanks again for everyone’s contributions. It really means a lot to those away from home during Christmas.

Keith and Gayle

P.S. No, the toilet paper is not going!

Support the Troops - Item List

posted Nov 2, 2014, 8:47 AM by Scott Vaden

Support The Troops - Item List


posted Nov 2, 2014, 4:40 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Nov 2, 2014, 4:44 AM ]

Keith and I sent 8 care packages over seas at Christmas to our deployed military troops. Most of these contained candy and decorations, however one box contained all toiletries items. We were also blessed to send over 150 Christmas cards from our local schools. The teachers made it a special project for the students and the result was awesome! Also, a big THANK YOU to Bernie McCrum for the generous donation of sample shampoo’s, lotions, etc and toiletries for our female troops!

We have adopted two Navy units, both of which are currently deployed in the Gulf of Oman, on the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier. I have attached pictures of replenishment items and care packages being delivered by helicopter to the deck. It amazes me to think over 7,000 sailors are standing on that deck, anxiously waiting for their name to be called. They are so appreciative of anything sent from “home”.

We also adopted two Army units. The NightStalker 160th unit from Ft. Campbell, adopted in memory of our son in law that passed away in 2009 while serving in this unit. And the Longhorns, from Maryland. We chose that unit because they are located in a remote area in Eastern Afghanistan and do not have a PX or other means of supply. Our son in law was deployed to this area as well, so we also chose them in his memory also.

We have chosen these troops for the length of their deployment and will continue to send packages until they all come home.  If you would like to donate to this project, please check the list below for needed items. You may have some of these items in your home that you do not use, but they can. For example: sample size toiletries from your stay at
 hotels, ink pens, writing materials, bandana’s, small stuff toys like Beanie Babies, etc. The toys are sent to our Army troops to be given to the village children. The NightStalkers help protect them from attack and hand these out to the frightened children.

The mailing rate for a USPS flat rate box is $15. Perhaps you would like to donate funds to cover the mailing or to buy food items. We accept that too!

You can bring any donated items to each months meeting or call me at 
(615) 440-1460 to make arrangements for pickup. If you prefer, you may mail a check to us at

Keith and Gayle Carlaw
P.O. Box 595 
Pleasant View, TN 37146

Thank you for your support!
Keith and Gayle

Support our Troops - Update

posted Apr 3, 2014, 7:27 PM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Nov 2, 2014, 5:45 AM ]

First and foremost, Keith and I wish to thank everyone for the support and generous donations to this project. When we first started, our goal was to send 2 boxes every 6 weeks. Since January of this year, we have mailed 12 boxes in 8 weeks!  And it is all because of your donations! Wow!

Also, thank you to all who have donated items to send. Your response has been tremendous! Vinny delivered the items donated last month when we were not able to attend the meeting and I have picked up several donations from others. 

Recent activity from our troops include a post card from one of our sailors aboard the USS Harry Truman, several emails and Facebook messages and even pictures! The USS Harry Truman has completed another successful deployment and is on their way home. Our newly adopted Navy unit is aboard the USS Nitze (pronounced Nitza) and is currently in the Mediterranean, supporting Operation Ocean Shield.

This is a small guided missile destroyer, conducting maritime security operations in and around the waters of Europe and Africa. They also provide essential escort capabilities to Navy and Marine Corps amphibious forces, combat logistics ships and convoys. The ship is capable of firing surface-to-air missiles and Tomahawk cruise missiles from forward and aft vertical launching systems and is configured with port and starboard torpedo tubes, one five-inch gun; and advanced electronic warfare systems. Nitze is deployed with more than 220 Sailors.  I have attached pictures of the ship and our contacts cleaning the “one” gun.

Below is a current list of needed items:
  • Candy (No chocolate…it melts enroute)
  • Coffee (Any size; no pods)
  • Tea bags (small ones)
  • Apple Cider packets
  • Loofah’s  (to bath with)
  • Sunblock
  • Small stuffed toys (For $2.99, you can stuff a bag full of these at any Goodwill!)
  • Eye Wash
  • Athletes foot spray and powder
They have used the term “Deployment is like a cloak of invisibility’, meaning they are feeling forgotten. It really does mean the world to them when they receive a package “from home”.  It lets them know they are not invisible , but remembered and supported for their sacrifices.

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