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Troop Letters

Lt. Bordelon

Hi Amanda, Attached is our picture with the equipment. Thanks so much for making this happen and be sure to pass our thanks to the volunteers. V/r, Lt Bordelon  

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3-29 Task Force Pacesetter

I just wanted to sent a note of appreciation for your support to me and my team currently located in Poland. We are truly thankful for you care packages. I can’t wait to make it back home! Thank you and God Bless, Greg Funk  

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Karl – Air Force

We received the care packages today! Everyone was so excited to get all the goodies that you all sent. Thank you so much for the support, it’s great to know that there are folks back home who are kind enough to do something like this for us. We didn’t expect so many items so we went ahead and distributed them to a few other units near us and they thank you as well. We really can’t thank you all enough, these simple things really give meaning to the work we do out here everyday, not just for the temporary gratification of getting something you needed, but also knowing that we are in your thoughts and prayers. Kindness is contagious and your organization is an inspiration. Please keep up the awesome work! – Karl   . . . . . . .

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Camp Arifjan – McDaniels

Mrs. Thompson, I have received your care package and distributed it out to my soldiers. Thank you for your support. All of the soldiers had overwhelming smiles on their face when it arrived. God Bless and Thank you again. V/R McDaniel, James Camp Arifjan

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SSG Byrne

Thanks so much for the packages you’ve sent so far! I’ve attached some pictures of the guys with some of the items you’ve sent. We truly appreciate your support! Sincerely, SSG Byrne Protein Products provided to OTA by SDC Nutrition

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SPC. Gardner

I am happy to say that our platoon received a box of snacks including beef jerky (Probably the platoons favorite of all) chips, cookies and other goodies! We are truly grateful for this gesture of goodwill as we are doing our duty to go where our nation beckons. Your letter was very heartfelt and it moves us to have such support from people back home, people that we don’t even know, who would care enough to reach out to those separated from family and loved ones! Blessings to you and all those that support us and to the many, many other military you support. God bless Spc Gardner

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Major N.C.

Thanks so much for the care packages. And a BIG THANK YOU for all that you are doing for us. At home we probably would not be as excited to receive the items but here, these are “luxury” items for us.

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I really get lost for the right words when someone reaches out to my men like you all have. I know Thank You are only two words but I want your whole staff to know those two words come from my heart. Sleep well knowing that God and the HHC 1/112th will be guarding over you all.

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Private First Class G.C.

We couldn’t believe all the stuff you sent us. OTA is a fantastic organization! The kindness of strangers is so refreshing. It really warms my heart to know that there are people like you out there, willing to help people so far away that you don’t even know. Please tell your volunteers thank you so much and they are amazing people to do this for us. Your boxes definitely made a difference today. Care packages make our deployment a lot easier. You and your volunteers are a big part of what keeps us going. The items we received today will definitely go to good use and the kindness that came from them will go even farther. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!

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Sergeant K.W.

Dear Operation Troop Appreciation, We have received all four care packages. I was completely surprised by the amount of snacks and hygiene and MWR items. You and your group went above and beyond the request that I made for this troop. We also appreciated the handmade cards from the

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