FOLKS WHO HELP OUR MEDICS
We had a request from the medics at Balad, Iraq for Tasty-Kakes. I found out these are made in Philadelphia, but not sold in Illinois, where I live. I emailed the Tasty-Kakes company to ask if I could order some to send to an APO.
Within an hour I had my response; they sent a whole case for free to my medic.
Well, that's not all. Kathy and her husband who live in Philly, stopped down at the local Pub and took up a collection to send some more. 140 Boxes more! And then she emailed me this update today:
The the delivery guy who brought my order to the supermarket wants to know if I'm doing some kind of fund raiser or something at school? I explain what it's for he says, "Take down my name and cell phone number. If you ever do anything like this again, you call me direct. I'm a Vietnam Vet and next time I'll take your order, put it on sale and discount it, cut out my commission and deliver it right to your house."
And then there is this email I got from Greg and Carole G:
I came upon your blog re:balad medical center and thought I would ask for your help. We are specifically looking for the APO/FPO address for the BaladMedical Facility in Iraq . Our family has been sending cigars to the troops since 2005 and we would like to send some care packages to both our soldiers in hospital as well as their care-givers at the facility..Best regards Greg and Carole G.
It turns out Mike is a retired vet with 40 years of service, who owns a cigar shop and told me he'd send them to whatever medics want some.
And the great folks at the Tower Public Library in Gainesville, FL who volunteered to ship donated medical books to any of the medics who needed them, and even hooked me up with a local Doc who helps with the donations and offered to help any way he can.
And Joe, who is National Guard and wrote:
We would like very much to have a contact to a CSH in either Iraq or Afghanistan. As a manuever task force CSM stationed at LSA Anaconda and FOB Diamondback in Mosul I had the unfortunate opportunity to spend a lot of time in both CSH's and understand that soldiers are medivac'd with very little .
His group sent 10 sets of sweats to the 399th CSH.