Christmas Shipment – UPDATE #4

December 31, 2009 at 8:09 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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Card from SFC Janice McConnell:

I received this in the mail on New Years Eve:

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Front of Card

Front of Card

Inside of Card

Inside of Card

Back of Card

Back of Card

Keep Janice and the other troops in your thoughts and prayers as we welcome in the New Year!

Christmas Shipment – UPDATE #3

December 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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Letter with Photo from Kurtis Schatzer:

I receive this in the mail yesterday 12/26/09:

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KEEP THE TROOPS IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AS WE APPROACH THE NEW YEAR!

Christmas Shipment – UPDATE #2 AND MORE

December 24, 2009 at 11:32 am | In Uncategorized by admin
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Email & JPG’s from SGT Travis Pogue:

From: travis pogue
Sent: Wed 12/23/2009 6:10 PM
To: Lauer, George
Subject: Thank You

Dear Mr. Lauer,

I wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for all the care packages you have sent to me.  There was so many wonderful things that i had to share with my platoon.  Thank you so much for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.  Tell everyone thanks!  From the 1139th MP CO from Harrisonville now serving in Al Asad, Iraq we which you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thanks Again, SGT Travis Pogue

P.S.  i attached a pic of the tree you sent, we set it up in our TOC building so the whole company could enjoy it,  I will try to send some for pics.  Thanks

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SGT Travis Pogue set his tree up in the TOC

SGT Travis Pogue and Spc Clark on the right; his tree is set up in the TOC

Sgt Chance on the left and Spc Clark on the right

Sgt Chance on the left and Spc Clark on the right

SPECIAL REQUEST FOR CHRISTMAS

I was forwarded the email below.

What it asks only takes a few minutes, a few minutes that will do a
great deal of good.

PLEASE READ THIS.
PLEASE WRITE HIM.
PLEASE REMEMBER HIM THIS CHRISTMAS.

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Subject: Please do this for me

I am asking everyone to take five minutes out of your busy schedules and do this family a great deed.

Tim and Robin Cooper – parents to Matt, Justin and Logan – from
Wentzville, MO received bad news back on November 13th. Their son –
Matt, a marine was seriously injured in Afghanistan. What a mom’s
nightmare. They hopped a plane to Germany where they have spent every minute with Matt going through surgery after surgery as they repair his mangled body. Matt is a fighter (being in a wrestling family) and will recover but will be left with permanent injuries. He has already been through many surgeries and will continue to go through more and more as they repair, add skin, and do whatever it takes to make him as whole as possible.

This guy has paid a heavy price for our freedom. And all I ask for you
to do in return is drop onto their blog (used to update everyone
regarding him road to recovery) and sign his guestbook with words of
encouragement. You dont’ have to know him personally – just know that he fought for your freedom and now he needs encouragement as he goes through endless pain.

The website to visit is:

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/mattcooper1

Let him know you are thankful for his service, or he is in your prayers,
or just a Merry CHRISTmas as his family joins him at the hospital for
this holiday season.

Please – uplift this family. It only takes a short moment.

Debe Canaday

by the way – Matt’s mom – Robin Cooper was the first to show up at the hospital when I was in a serious accident back in Sept 2001. She would do the same for each of you.

Message from Martie Shea – From Our Hearts

Volunteers needed for “Boxing Party” on Monday 12/28 &  Tuesday 12/29
To Send awesome handmade Valentine Cards for the Troops to Use when writing home!

When:  The dates are set, all we need are many, many hands to help us out!  Next Monday and Tuesday (December 28 & 29) – any time after 5:30 until 9:00 p.m. or until you need to leave (it is a workday for many of us and we recognize many of you need to get up in the morning – I stay up late every night and 9 p.m. is EARLY for me!)

Where:  the living room/dining room of the From Our Hearts Headquarters – 1100 Dogwood Dr., Jefferson City.  This is the Dogwood Drive between Tower Drive and Edgewood Drive.  Our home is a brick tri-level with a red door and green shutters with a blue pickup parked in the driveway.  You can’t miss it.  There is a small white “fence” around our mailbox.

Why:  We are boxing up the hundreds and hundreds of donated Valentine cards we have received for our troops as they have to be shipped out by the end of the month.

And, we’ll be taking the many, many boxes of thank you, miss you, thinking of you, birthday cards. . .  the list goes on and on and there are (at last count) 32 boxes of cards that are marked “full” in my stamping room – and we will be readying these cards into boxes to be shipped.

Boxes of donated cards arrive daily – and we need to make room for the new cards that are arriving.

So plan to come Monday or Tuesday or both evenings if possible.  The more hands, the lighter the work and the faster we will get done.  It’s amazing to me how just one extra pair of hands helps to lighten the work.

Any questions?  Please e-mail me or call me at 690-3929.  If you can, please let me know if you are able to help.  I’ll be putting out some light refreshments and need to plan for this.

Thank you all so very much for all you have done to support From Our Hearts and more importantly, our troops who are serving our country.  They NEED our support now, more than ever.  The letters, e-mails and cards we receive bring me to tears – they are experiencing tough times (especially now) and they are very appreciative of our contributions.  One simple (and they are beautiful) handcrafted card for them to send back home boosts their morale.

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on Monday/Tuesday.

Please pass on the word to your friends – we need HELP!

Martie Shea
Jefferson City, MO

KEEP THE TROOPS IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS THIS CHRISTMAS EVE.

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