Tuesday, December 21, 2010

From the 541st Forward Surgical Team - Seconds Make a Difference

Read about one of our medical units here, and the good works they do.
DVIDS - News - Seconds Make a Difference

The 541st is in a remote base in Afghanistan, a small team of 10 American nurses,docs and medics who do wonders.
They live in tents, cook outdoors over open fires and live in incredibly rugged conditions.

Soldier's Angels, plus many family and friends try keep them supplied with some of the goodies from back home, and they keep their spirits up while doing amazing, life-saving things.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Holiday greeting from our troops all over the world


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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Soldiers Angels 24hr Plea For Our Finest & Bravest


We have 24-hours to raise the final funds for shipping our Christmas Gift Stockings to our troops overseas and recovering from serious wounds in our military hospitals. Shipping alone will be at least $350,000.

I urgently need to hear back from you right now –- and it has to be in the next 24 hours.

Please click here to make your tax-deductible donation.

As you can imagine, shipping into desert units in Iraq and Afghanistan - - some of them decimated - - is very costly.

As of today, I don’t have the funds I need to continue. That’s why I’m writing and asking you please, once again, can you help a lonely soldier overseas during the holidays?

Right now I am in big trouble. We don’t have the funds we need to get these needed Holiday comfort items to our men and women sacrificing for us overseas.

Please consider donating, no matter how small of a amount, it would be very much appreciated. It's time for us to give back to those who protect us.


Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Strikers Soccer team adopts Task Force Destiny for Christmas!

We have 10 new proud "Soldiers Angels!" Individually, they may not stand very tall yet, but together they did the work of giants. The Strikers U-9 team in Geneva, IL decided they wanted to help some of our soldiers overseas this holiday season.

With a little help from their parents, they created and distributed a flyer requesting donations from friends and neighbors. The response was overwhelming! I'll let their coach Bart explain:

The team shipped 21 boxes to the Task Force Destiny medical team in Afghanistan! We sent requested items including toiletries, food, socks, cd's, magazines, books and Christmas decorations.

The kids were thrilled to be involved in helping the troops. After collecting items individually, the team met to assemble the boxes. The kids dove right in - sorting all the items, wrapping with Christmas paper and packing the boxes. Additionally, every box contained at least one hand written letter or Christmas card. The kids each brought a card and we had to make more!

We were fortunate to have Roger Godskesen, a Soldier's Angel representative and Army veteran, present at our "wrapping party."

He explained to the kids how much their support means to the soldiers and shared a thank you email from Sergeant Timothy Bennet, the unit commanding officer . Roger also gave each of the kids a Soldiers Angels dog-tag, a brochure, and he donated one real army issued shirt worn by a soldier.

Great job Strikers!

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Tell them to sleep tight, and we will take care of the Bad guys over here..

Student Council: Fabyan Elementary School, Geneva,IL

My name is SSG Gary T.., and I have received an Awesome Package today of Halloween candy, and good luck wishes. I first wanted to say how awesome it is that your kids took the time #1, to think about us, and #2 to donate their candy. I know that when I was their age my Mom and Dad would've had to kill me to get my Halloween Candy..LOL!!!!
Student council:Harrison Street School, Geneva, IL

Please tell the Kids how much they are appreciated and tell them that they are mine, and my soldiers Heroes!!! Tell them to sleep tight, and we will take care of the Bad guys over here..

Love always, Gary T.
287th En Co.

Wow, this got me right in the heart.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Eagle Scout Sam Morrill makes a difference

This is Eagle Scout candidate Sam Morrill, of Troop 546 in Layton, UT who has joined the ranks of nearly 20 Eagles who dedicated their service projects to help our wounded soldiers.

For his project, Sam decided he'd like to send supplies to the Task Force Medical / Evacuation hospital in Afghanistan. This hospital is currently seeing over 200 patients a week.
It is a whole lot of work to become an Eagle Scout. It adds up achieving hundreds of individual requirements, and takes several years. But Sam comes from a family that gives back; his older brother Chace also did his Eagle project with us in 2008, and his Dad Rob is an Air Force reservist.

Family, friends and neighbors pitched in to help.

Warm clothing for the paitents. One of the most critical needs.

Besides collecting and packaging the donations,each Scout is also responsible for raising funds to mail everything overseas. This runs into the hundreds of dollars.

These supplies with reach the hospital in time for Christmas, and will let of lot of sick and injured young men, who are far from home during the holidays, know that they are supported and watched over.

Great job Sam!
Congratulations, and thank you.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Merril-Lynch sends Christmas cheer to the CSH In Kandahar, Afghanistan

These wonderful folks at the Wellesley Hills, MA branch of Merrill-Lynch adopted the Role 3 Combat Support Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The 100 staff medics and 60 in-patients, and hundreds of out-patients will get a lot of Holiday Cheer thanks to their efforts.
Left to Right – Part of the all star team - Sal Giacalone, Andrew Parvey, Maria Raspa, Lisa Oliveira, Beth Green, Lisa Kautz and Mary Reineman, Complex Director

Lisa wrapping gifts for female soldiers and patients

Gift bags for the wounded warriors

The entire branch pitched in, and gave from their hearts:
· 20 boxes of 400 Christmas lights (plus about 5 boxes of 100 Christmas Lights)
· 10 strands of 100 feet garland (plus misc garland)
· 3 Four foot tall Christmas trees (with red, white and blue decorations)
· 75 Christmas Stockings
· 10 Santa Hats
· 75 Holiday Gift bags filled with goodies for the Soldiers (water bottles, puzzle books, paper, envelopes, hot chocolate, Chapstick, baby power, stretch bands, reusable bags, candy, etc)
· 15 Spa Baskets for the ladies
· 20 DVDs
· Misc Games (Yahtzee, Checkers, Uno, Cards, Trivia Pursuit, Pictionary, Holiday Karaoke)
· Box of goodies for the Medics (Starbucks Coffee, Candy, Yodels, Christmas Cakes, etc)
A couple of tins of homemade cookies
· Holiday cards with candy canes for all

Then packed it into 28 boxes, and hauled it off the the Post Office, where it got sent in time to arrive by Christmas
...and Merrill Lynch gets their conference room back.

Thanks Folks!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Urgent need for warm clothing for the wounded

You've all read here about the things we do to support the American soldiers who need our help so much. And now Soldier's Angels needs your help to continue this good work.

The economy is down, the "R" word is being tossed around by the media. The first to be hit in a slow economy are non-profit organizations, and we are the last to recover as well. Donations are down; we are a 100% non-profit organization, totally funded by the generosity of the American people.

I was contacted by 7 new medical units this week alone because they have heard about what we do. Now, you need to understand what these medics need and that always worry that are asking for too much. Here is a typical example:

"We could really use sweat clothes. It has turned bitterly cold here, and evacuating patients out on a cold aircraft oftentimes without proper warm clothing breaks our hearts. Incredibly, the patients never complain!"

This is our biggest need. We get requests for about 300 of our First Response Backpacks each month,(each of which contains a set of sweats) plus additional requests for warm clothing for the patients.

We need new and unwashed, preferred colors black, gray or navy:
Hooded zipper (hoodies) sweatshirts. Sizes medium, Large and XL.
Sweatpants – Sizes medium, large and XL.

Donations of these items can be shipped to our warehouse, where they will be sent out to the nearly 60 medical units we are currently supporting.

Soldiers' Angels
4408 N PanAm Exprwy
San Antonio, TX 78218

So please help if you can. Get the word out. You can also donate funds which will be used to purchase clothing and pay for shipping costs. It's easy, just click on the link below and you'll go the Soldier's Angels website where you can make a donation today.


Do it for them.