More Shipment News / More Troop Updates

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Below is an email I received from Capt. Damien Butel on Saturday, December 18, 2010.

Photo of Damien Butel during his 2007 deployment in Iraq.


—– Original message —–
From: “Damien B.”
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2010 17:40:26 +0000
Subject: RE: Troop Support: Shipments Are Arriving! / Some Troop


I hope all is well with you going into this holiday season. I have
received the Christmas Tree and a little extra Christmas Cheer. Thank
you very much! Please pass along my gratitude to all those who
contributed. I heard the story of your son. It is wonderful to hear
that he is well after that accident and kudos to him on his musical

So far, our tree has been the best I have see on base. Surprisingly,
there have been several pop up, even a few real ones, but our tree
continues to get compliments over all the others – and we can put it
right back in the box and pass it along to those who replace us. Along
with the CDs, we are doing quite well with getting in the Christmas
spirit despite being on the other side of the world. If only we had a
little bourbon for the Eggnog. Ha!

Again, thank you for all of the support, it truly does mean a lot to all
of us. I meant to get a Christmas Card out, but that just hasn’t
happened – so I resort to the quick convenience of email.

Merry Christmas and may you have a safe Christmas. We are certainly
trying to do the same.

Damien Butel
Capt, USMC
Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan


Also on Saturday, I learned that my niece, Maylene Klein and her friend Keri Montgomery sent  more packages to a couple of our soldiers last Friday (12/17/10).   Maylene, who’s son Wally collected candy for C.J. Mather after Halloween  ( ), sent CJ two packages for Christmas. Keri Montgomery collected goodies and had her girl scouts make cards for packages that went to both CJ and Damien.


On Monday, December 13, 2010 I received two bits of good news.

The first is from Pam Bax letting me know that Joshua Gass has received his tree.

Joshua Gass

Talked to my mother-in-law over the weekend and she said that Josh had gotten his tree and was so excited!!! Thank you for making his holiday away from home better!

The second is from Donna Schuessler letting me know that Julie Hollowell is coming home!

Julie Hollowell

She wanted me to thank everyone for the packages she’s received. She said each box was so full of goodies that there was enough to share with the other folks in her area! She said it’s nice to know that people care.