Monday, January 08, 2007

Forgot to send the Raindeers...

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The crew over at T-Bonetooter's did a great job of sending out over 110+ Christmas packages to the Troops over in Iraq & Afghanistan and they were welcomed by all who got them.

These packages were stuffed with Christmas\Holiday related items and made it there in time for Christmas. Much candy was included as always and is very much welcomed by the children who it is passed on to.

Once again Benny and Dianne, along with the dedicated few, gathered to put these packages together during the busy holiday season here but were very glad to be able to send some Cheer to the troops whenever possible...

Unfortunately it seems that with all the confusion and many packages that were sent out, at over $1,600 in postage, it appears nobody included the package containing the Raindeer. Mike Flook who is staioned in Kalsu with his unit made due with what they had and sent the above photo of how they "improvised"...

Mike has been serving in Iraq working for the Department of Defense as a Firefighter with a crew stationed in Kalsu Iraq which is 45 miles South of Baghdad. Mike's unit has been receiving packages from the "From Our Hearts"

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Very Busy New Years already...

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It has been a busy week over at T-Bonetooter’s in Churchville with news that local resident SSG. Herb Harman of Buffalo Gap is now back in the United States from serving in the Army for over a year in downtown Baghdad Iraq. The gang over at T-Bonetooter’s has been sending numerous “Care Packages” to the Troop’s serving in Iraq and Afghanistan thru the “From Our Hearts” program that they developed and Herb’s unit has received many of these packages.


Ssg. Harman’s unit, the “Four-One Element” of the 654th MP Company awarded Dianne and Benny this Award\Pennant in appreciation for their efforts and caring packages…



Also this week Dianne and Benny were visited by Gunnery Sergeant David Provencal U.S.M.C. who’s unit was also the recipient of “Care Packages” from the “From Our Hearts” program…


Gunnery Sergeant Provencal presented Dianne and Benny with the above United States flag and certificate in appreciation of their efforts and thoughtfulness in supporting our troops…


WHSV did a special report on this and can be seen at:
http://www.whsv.com/home/headlines/5046931.html?



Many local groups have stepped up to the plate in helping and supporting the “From Our Hearts” program over the year and have made it possible for numerous shipments of 150+ packages being sent to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Recently the Arbor Hill Church of Staunton Virginia contacted Dianne advising her that their Youth Group wished to help out with the last shipment sent during the Christmas holiday. Once the group found out that the Christmas “Care Package” shipment consisted of over 110 boxes crammed full of Christmas related items and postage was over $1,600, they went back and collected over $540 to show their support!


Numerous local groups, individuals, and families have provided much assistance and support to the “From Our Hearts” program and should be very proud of their efforts and care for our Troops serving in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many do not want to be listed or acknowledged here but they should know that they are very much appreciated by the members of the military, their families, and the members of the “From Our Hearts” program…