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.