Saturday, November 20, 2010

How do you get 1,200 lbs of candy to the troops for Christmas?

First, you start out with Kid-power. The school children of Geneva, Illinois have contributed their Halloween candy for the troops for the third year. We might not always remember that children get just as passionate about doing things for other people as any adult. And they really love our troops.

Then you get all that energy (the kind that only kids have) to to sort it, pack it, load it into my SUV.

Then it gets taped, addressed and labeled, and hauled off the post office.

Where the generous donations from the faculty and staff of these schools, along with the Lombard police and fire departments help cover the shipping cost...nearly $1,000 this year.

Then it arrives in some stinky, cold, remote FOB just in time for Christmas.

...and then we do it again next year...until they all come home.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Christmas and Holiday decorations needed for the combat medical clinics

The only bright spot in this room are the Blankets of Hope sent by Soldiers' Angels.

Here are a couple of pictures of a typical clinic. think what some inexpensive garlands, a couple strings of lights, stockings, red bows, a small tree would do to cheer up the patients in this Combat Stress Clinic.

We are talking like $10-20 at Walmart to make a real difference!

if you can help, email me for addresses:


Friday, November 05, 2010

Holiday cheer for forward medical units - we need your help!

Every year we try to provide some holiday decorations, snacks, Christmas stockings, music and mini-Christmas trees for our adopted medical units overseas. Right now, I've got a list of 50 medical units, ranging in size from large Combat Support Hospitals down to Forward Aid Stations right in the thick of the action in Afghanistan.

These service people can't be home for the Holidays, and some will be wounded even on Christmas Eve. So the medics can never stop, never close their doors, never let their guard down. But at least we can help make things a little more festive for them, and bring a little bit of home there.

We are looking for volunteers who can send mini/tabletop Christmas trees, decorations of all kinds (garlands, lights, stockings, etc), small gifts and gift bags, snacks and goodies to remind them of home.

if you can help, please email me at and I'll tell you how to ship and where.

God Bless us (them), everyone.