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Care Packages – Si Tenenberg’s Legacy

Si Tenenberg

Seymour “Si” Tenenberg
1934 – 2022

Si loved being a Marine!

He would proudly say, “Once a Marine, Always a Marine!”

Since November 2006, Si and his dedicated volunteers have sent over 23,000 care packages to troops located in combat zones across the world.

We are honored to continue the Legacy of Si Tenenberg in sending care packages to our Armed Forces deployed in highly volatile spots in over 30 countries around the world.

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YOU CAN HELP BY DONATING: Mouthwash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shaving cream, Mach3 razors, eye drops, beef jerky, Slim Jims, trail mix, dried fruit, instant coffee packs, tune/chicken snacks, Red Bull / Monster drinks, protein bars, ramen noodles, microwave popcorn, gum, cigarettes, cigars, Copenhagen, thick white boot socks, boxer shorts, white ankle socks, music CD’s (rap, hip-hop, R&B, etc.), DVD’s old and news, puzzle books, small board games (chess, checkers, dominoes, etc.), playing cards, 220v to 110v power converters, hair trimmer kits, battery clocks,white twin sheets / pillow cases, air freshener, Febreze in pump or spray cans.

FEMALE ITEMS: Sports bras, lip gloss, chap stick, feminine products, facial cleaning wipes, combs, hairbrushes, hand mirrors.

K9 ITEMS: Dog treats, rawhide bones, squeaky toys, balls, grooming supplies, leashes, pig ears.

SUMMER ITEMS: Moisture wicking shirts, baby wipes, Gatorade (powdered), crystal light powder, foot-power, athletes foot spray, instant hand sanitizer, SPF 30 sunblock, lip balm, battery hand fans, bug spray, fly tape, flea collars.

For more information, call (805) 242-0536 Ext. 1 or
(928) 300-5153
Email: info@TroopCarePackages.org

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Archived Emails and Letters from Soldiers Who Received Care Packages

14 Apr, 2014 – 19:47:55 PDT
From: edgar.r.contreras@afghan.swa.army.mil
Hello,
Our company received a care package from you. We have limited facilities because of the redeployment drawdown, so thank you for everything.
Our Soldiers appreciate your support.

Hoorah!
SFC Contreras, Edgar,
C Co. 3-101 TF Attack,“Widowmakers”


13 Apr 2014, 11:04:45 PDT
From: glenn.cruzcancel@gmail.com
Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for taking the time and energy to send us a care pkg.
We sincerely appreciate everything you do for us and thank you for your continued support. Your efforts really do make our work out here much easier.

Thank you!
Captain Glenn A. CruzCancel
Location or unit


13 Apr, 2014, 00:55:37 PDT
From: 1156660716@afghan.swa.army.mil
Sir,
I received your care package today for my troops. It was definitely appreciated and of course they pillaged through it with smiles on their face.
I would like to take a moment and thank you for your service. There were numerous letters from children within the box and would like to thank all of the children for their letters.
We truly can’t thank you enough for your service and continued service to the troops here.
Thank you again for sending a small piece of heaven to us here in Afghanistan.

“Led by Love of Country”, Steadfast and Loyal.”
MSG Daniel Vaccaro,
4BCT CTF Mountain Warrior


12 Apr, 2014, 23:12:23 PDT
From: soulsrocker@yahoo.com
Mr. Tenenberg,
I have received a few care packages from you and your group of dedicated and hardworking volunteers. I would like to have a flag flown over afghanistan for you.
The certificate will show for whom it was flown. Would you like it to say “Si Tenenberg”? I’m not sure if your group of volunteers has an official name, but I could put that on the certificate instead.
Please let me know what you would prefer, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your lifelong dedicated service to this nation and to your fellow veterans. You are a hero and a fine example of an exemplary citizen.

Very Respectfully,
SPC Edward W Boone


11 Apr 2014, 14:51:59 PDT
From: ronald.buchanan@afghan.swa.army.mil
Thank you for taking the time and effort to put together a care package for myself and my guys here.
Each of the items were dispersed evenly across my unit and I ensured that each Airmen/Soldier had something to remind them of home.
It truly warms the heart to know that people are still thinking of us as we serve proudly overseas.

Thank again and god bless!
TSgt R. Heath Buchanan


09 Apr 2014, 02:49:55 PDT
From: joshua.whittington@afg.usmc.mil
Dear Mr. Tenenberg,
First off I want to thank you for your service during the Korean War.  Your dedication to us through your retirement is an inspiration to us all. Secondly, I want to thank you for the care package. All of my Marines have put everything to good use already.
We’ve started coming into the summer months and my Marines work on the flightline for around 12 hours straight.
Many of us find it hard to come by good American dip out here. Anything you can help us with would be greatly appreciated!

Semper Fidelis!
Sgt. Whittington, Joshua


07 Apr 2014, 05:42:40 PDT
From: cmosqu@gmail.com
Hello Si,
My name is Christopher Mosqueda Corporal of Marines and we received your package a few days ago.
All the hygiene items were split up pretty good and guys go nuts over the ramen noodles/ snacks. You sent everything that people usually ask for so everyone is very appreciative.
It is starting to get hot so we could use those green summer socks (L) and short sleeve green shirts (M) or (L), boot spray, fabreeze spray, bugs spray, and razors. The food like chef boyardee, macaroni, tuna, ramon noodles, jerky, canned fruit, cheese crackers and chips are always grabbed up pretty quick as well.
It is a great thing what you and the volunteers do for the troops and open up eyes on how much people in the states care. We will all write back letters to everyone who helped send us these care packages and just want to say thank you very much again for your time and effort. Appreciate all the support and prayers

God bless and Semper Fi
Chris Mosqueda
Cpl, USMC


05 Apr 2014, 05:13:18 PDT
From: lostsurfer39@gmail.com
Sir,
Thank you very much for the Care Package we recieved it today. it was just what we needed.
We are grateful for your contribution to all of us foward deployed. I hope everything is going well for you. the elections went well today and it was fairly quiet here so we are grateful for that as well.


04 Apr 2014, 03:59:29 PDT
From: usmcvandemark@gmail.com
Dear Si Tenenberg,
Thank you so much for the care packages you send to marines in Afghanistan! we have received one of them today.
God bless you and the people that help you, your blessings are heart warming and we appreicate it greatly, your support makes a huge difference.
We are happy to fight for our countries freedom and are exited to come home to our families safely.

Semper Fidelis,
Lcpl Alexander VanDemark


02 Apr 2014, 13:15:10 PDT
From: ricahernandez102@gmail.com
Dear Si, (sonny),
Well first let me say Thank You for serving your country during those times in Korea.
I would also like to thank you for the care package I received, and appreciate the support. I used almost every single thing you and your helpers sent me or shared what I didn’t need.
I would like small green socks, you can never have enough of them. I would also like size small sports bra and underwear if possible I’m not picky so any medium size will do. personal hygiene items such as body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. I’d also like to thank the people that help you in the store like Janet and Donna.

Semper Fi,
Erica Hernandez,
B Co., 57th ESB,FOB Apache


02 Apr 2014, 02:15:51 PDT
From: nicholas.vargas@afghan.swa.army.mil
Si,
I’m sure you don’t remember me. I was in Afghanistan a little over a year ago and I am back in this country again. I sure remember you!
I received another package from you while here and wanted to write you an email saying that my soldiers and I loved digging through and seeing what goodies you put in there.
It blows my mind that you do what you do. It really touches me that after over a year you’re still going strong and giving back to soldiers.
Thank you again, I hope to never be back in this country, but if I am I look forward to the packages to come. You’re the man. Thank you to you and your team for everything you continue to do.

SGT Vargas, Nicholas G.


01 Apr 2014, 10:02:00 PDT
From: sam33_@hotmail.com
Sir,
This is SPC Panthi writing to you from Afghanistan.
I read your story on the article that came with the package and it is nothing short of inspiring. Thank you for all that you do for all the troops down here and beyond. I admire your dedication and selfless service that you have been providing. Yours is a great example of a soldier still living the Values.
I know you sent a note asking if we needed anything and I wanted to ask you for them as well here. We have been doing pretty well but however things are closing down out here so we don’t always get everything we need. One thing we could really use is noodles. We don’t always get to go to the DFAC and we don’t really like eating the MRE’s so much, so its an easy fix when we have noodles. We can just get some hot water going and pour over it and enjoy it when we want and all our boys and girls here love noodles ramen noodles and shin ramen.
Other things we could use here are some knives and small flashlights . I personally have a little Gerber knife but as its used a lot its about time to throw it out and I see others having the same issue. The flashligts that we are issued are barely working and use up a lot of battery fairly quick if they do work. I don’t know whats wrong with them but at first I thought mine was a defective piece but I found out that others have the same issue and since we are working nights as well it could be of great help here.

Sincerely,
SPC Panthi


01 Apr 2014, 01:24:39 PDT
From: christian.n.diaz@afghan.swa.army.mil
Mr. Tenenberg,
First of all, thank you for your service! I have been stationed in Korea and appreciate the sacrifice you have made for our great nation.
Thank you for continuing to support our troops while away from our homes and families, enduring the harsh climates and conditions in Afghanistan.
I am currently slotted as the supply sergeant for the best Combat Engineer company in the US Army, and proud to be supporting them! My guys are divided into 2 separate locations and spend countless hours performing route clearance on the roadways of Afghanistan.
I know they would appreciate any donations you could send to assist in daily operations/living comforts…  Look forward to hearing from you in the future! Semper Fi!

Respectfully,
SGT Christian N. Diaz,
A Co. 2BSTB, 2BCT, 101ST ABN DIV (AASLT) FOB FENTY, AFGHANISTAN


24 Mar 2014, 03:46:02 PDT
From: pamela.m.rubon@afghan.swa.army.mi
Dearest Mr Tenenberg, Aloha!!!
First of all I want to thank God for a great person like you and your crew for your great support.
I just received my 2 boxes from you and we shared the items among our Human Resources Office here where I work at. You put a smile on each and everyone of us today and thank you so much for that.
Little bit about me, my name is SGT Rubon, Pamela, 31 yrs old and 9 years in the Army so far. Married with 2 girls 13 and 7. My family is in Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA where am stationed out of. I and my family are originally from the Marshall Islands next to Hawaii and Guam but I grew up in Hawaii.
We have a 1 year deployment. We got here December 2013. Good thing we are authorized a 2 weeks R&R back home!
We are currently in Bagram Airfield here in Afghanistan and it was raining these past days and a little chilly but today the sun decided to come out so it’s pretty nice right now. Once again thank you so much for everything!!! God bless you and your crew that help makes this happen for us.

Very Respectfully;
SGT RUBON, PAMELA M., HHC
508th MP BN (I/R),CAMP SABALU-HARRISON/BAF


21 Mar 2014, 04:41:33 PDT
From: eric.currier@afg.usmc.mil
Mr. Tenenberg,
I hope this note has found you all doing well and in good spirits back home.  On behalf of myself and my Marines I would like to extend our most sincere appreciation and gratitude for the package and for the time you spent in sending to us.
It is gestures like yours that make being away from home so much easier to muddle through, especially coming from those back home.  Even though we are in the middle of nowhere, you have made us feel as though we aren’t so far away.
It’s not all too different from Twentynine Palms here but we still miss home.
Again thank you for everything you do and thank you for your service and continued faithfulness within our brotherhood.

Very Respectfully,
Sgt Eric D. Currier, USMC


20 Mar 2014, 01:35:52 PDT
From: william.aycock2011@gmail.com
Si,
My Soldiers and I would like to thank you for your packages that you’ve sent us over the last couple months. We’ve put the socks to good use, on our persons, and the toiletries and snacks are really needed out here.
I see you served in Korea and spent some time in Iran. I’m, by trade, an Persian-Farsi linguist, so I find that any experience in Iran would be many sorts of interesting.
We’re pretty busy out here in FOB Wright, especially with the upcoming fighting season coming along. Have a good one!

thanks again!


17 Mar 2014, 22:37:11 PDT
From: amazinmets07@yahoo.com
Hello SI Tenenberg,
My name is Cpl Miguel Vazquez. I would like to thank you and everyone else for sending us the care packages.
I started handing them out between my squad but now I also have the platoon asking for things they need. Every soldier here appreciates everything you and your crew do. Every package received is opened and placed in a common area in our tent so everyone has a chance to get what they need or want.
After reading your letter, I asked everyone individually if there was anything they needed and showed them the list you provided. The feedback I got was, green boot socks, sunblock, fabreeze, body wash, deodorant (not the gel type, alot of soldiers get skin irritations from the gel type), shaving gel, flashlights, razors, cigarettes, and any snacks. The females pretty much said anything on the list for the ladies list will help. Thanks again for everything.

Miguel Vasquez


16 Mar 2014, 10:44:39 PDT
From: john.philip.murray@gmail.com
Dear Si,
Sorry it’s taken so long to get back to you, we’ve been swamped lately! First off thank you for your service, we all love you senior vets, cause they understand our plight. It’s always nice to get support from people, but your packages are above and beyond the best ones!
There’s something for everyone, we share with each other of course, but we all get excited when one of yours comes! The service you do for us is awe inspiring, some guys have nobody to send them items and your packages truly make those grunts’s days! All of us paratroopers appreciate everything you do!
It’s pretty terrible in Kabul right now weather wise, us gunners on the trucks are wet pretty much all the time and the handwarmers you send are such a help! Kabul is surrounded by snow capped peaks and it’s literally freezing here right now. We’re looking forward to the warm months.
The elections are coming soon, so we’re anticipating that day and running routine missions into the city daily.
Please thank all of your helpers and supporters, we seriously didn’t think your kind of generosity still existed! So from the boys of 2fury Charlie company 2-508 82nd airborne THANK YOU!!!

God bless!
John Murray


16 Mar 2014, 00:27:16 PDT
From: christopher.kurka@afg.usmc.mil
Sir,
The Marines of Marine Aircraft Group-Afghanistan S2 are very grateful for your generosity and the efforts of your crew.  The ladies and gentlemen that assist you with your mission are truly fine people and we wish that they could know how much their simple efforts and the gestures mean to us.
We are not suffering.  We have all we need, but the simple kindness of selfless generosity is heartening and me make sure all your items find good homes.
Being here and not forgotten, despite the impression that we get from the media, helps to keep our morale high.
Sir, please know that we are glad to do our part for citizens of your caliber.

Captain Christopher A. Kurka,
MAG-A S2


14 Mar 2014, 19:46:28 PDT
From: michael.scheider@afg.usmc.mil
Dear Si Tenenberg,
Please accept our sincere “Thank you” for the care package and your kind
wishes.
We are definitely one of the more fortunate units here in Central Helmand. We have a fairly strong position and we work in a rather secure environment. Despite all the blessings we have, your generosity and selfless gift serves to remind all of us to appreciate all the gifts we have; our families, our health, and our beloved country.
We are honored to be here and we are blessed to have your support. Thank you again from the Marines of the Marine Aircraft Group-Afghanistan Intelligence shop.

May 2014 be a year of peace and prosperity for you all.
SSgt Michael D Schneider


13 Mar 2014, 01:49:33 PDT
From: matthew.d.sanders.mil@mail.mil
SEMPER FIDELIS (Si Tenenberg),
Just wanted to say first hand – thank you for taking the time to write and send care packages to soldiers and myself here at a time where it’s much needed.
I am a veteran and have been in the military for more than 20 plus years and still to this day I don’t get used to being deployed. It’s the not knowing what’s going to happen that makes it harder for some soldiers. Caring people as yourself make it easier to deal with in our time away from our love ones.
I would like to keep in touch as my deployment develops, I will let you know a little bit about what I do (/secret/007 type stuff) when I can.
Well I will end this little letter of thank you. Take care and God Bless… When I get to another permanent site I will email you once again to keep in touch.

My soldiers wish you a very wonderful day.
Matthew D Sanders, SFC,
USARCENT G1 COIC


13 Mar 2014, 05:43:06 PDT
From: coltsouthon@rocketmail.com
Si,
I received your letter in a care package the other day. I am writing to thank you for your support and for your service.
It is not possible to be where we are without acknowledging where we came from. We have decided on different branches of service, but even brothers look a little different than each other.
We are deployed out here right now with a platoon sized element. This is number three and I have to say the conditions are not as bad as the last two. I signed my guys up for as many things as I could to help show them how much America values her Soldiers.
I am not really good at specifying anything from the large list you have, but I can say that I am with a group of tobacco spitting, coffee drinking, beef jerky feed Soldiers. Most of my guys enjoy a good cigar now a days. If you send anything from the Snacks/food, for the summer time, and general use I can assure you nothing you send would go to waste.
I hope all is well on your side of the world.

God Bless,
SSG Southon, Colt, A.
BTRY 1-320 FAR,Fort Campbell, KY (FWD AFGHN)


11 Mar 2014, 15:11:29 PDT
From: ronald.buchanan@afghan.swa.army.mil
Hello,
I just wanted to extend a HUGE thank you from myself and my fellow Airmen here in Afghanistan.  Your donations in the care package were greatly appreciated and put a smile on each of our faces.
We were able to pick out our favorite/needed items and share the rest with the soldiers here we’re working with everyday. It’s always nice to receive a package, it truly brightens up our day.
Your thoughtfulness is commendable and we appreciate the love and support that you are sending our way.

Thanks again!!
TSgt R. Heath Buchanan,
TF Wings SWO, NCOIC


10 Mar 2014, 21:37:45 PDT
From: michael.tadlock@afg.usmc.mil
Hello!
I am RP2 Michael Tadlock, the Chapel Manager for the Leatherneck Chapel here in Afghanistan. I recently received the care package you sent. Thank you so very much for your generosity and thoughtfulness. The items that you sent were distributed among the many service members here at my location.
Words cannot begin to express the gratitude that my fellow service members and I have for you and others who take the time to let us
know how much we are appreciated.  The joy and happiness I see on the faces when they receive a little “piece of home” is indescribable.
Again, thank you so much for all that you do for the troops.

Very Respectfully,
RP2(FMF) Michael J. Tadlock,
Camp Leatherneck Chapel Manager


09 Mar 2014, 05:34:20 PDT
From: mark.kwast@afg.usmc.mil
Good afternoon,
I received your care package today and wanted to take a moment to express my thanks.  My Marines are all very thankful for the items you sent, it’s a great feeling to have a “piece of home” arrive in a care package.
All of the items you sent are already being put to use, your list of available items is truly amazing.  Boot socks are always welcome, as well as green shirts (most of our Marines wear a Medium).

Once again, we all appreciate the time and effort you took to make the care package you mailed us; thank you for your service in the past and for what you’re doing today.
Mark, Sergeant (E-5) Mark D. Kwast


06 Mar 2014, 22:28:39 PDT
From: vdog80@hotmail.com
Dear SI, Marilyn, and Charley,
Thank you for thinking of me and sending me a package.
It’s good to know that there are people still thinking of us over here. This is my fifth tour over here and the days are long and filled with thoughts of home. I can’t wait to go home and be with my family and friends.
I am currently stationed out of Fort Drum, NY. I am on a small FOB but the conditions are good, we actually have porcelain toilets, never had that down here before. The food is the same as usual though, crappy, but it keeps the stomach filled.
I am about half way through my tour and starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Its people like you that keep the moral high down here by sending letters and boxes from home. We get mail once a week down here and on that day everyone’s spirit is high and in good standards.
Last I want to thank you again for all you do for us and want you to know that you are the true reason for keeping the military going. You give us a reason to fight for the rights and freedoms of people you can’t

Sincerely,
Adam Vettel


06 Mar 2014, 20:57:45 PDT
From: lostsurfer39@gmail.com
Sir,
This is Cpl Raines I just wanted to thank you for your care package on behalf of all the Marines here. We are very grateful for all that you have sent us and that you are thinking of us.
We also want to thank you for your service and all that you have done for our country.
I also saw your address is in San Luis Obispo, CA one of my favorite places by the way it is very beautiful there and hope to visit there when i return home to soak in the sulfur springs again. Thank you for all you have given us and Semper Fi.

Respectfully,
Cpl Raines,
and the Rest of the Marines from the section.


95 Mar 2014, 01:30:16 PDT
From: gfinpin@yahoo.com
Greetings from Afghanistan,
I just want to thank you so much for the care package. We were all so excited when we received one. The one thing we look forward to out here is mail and you just brought a big smile to our faces that day.
I am very grateful for all the encouragements and prayers you’ve sent our way. Once again, thank you and I hope you have a very pleasant day.

Gloria Goomtam,
125th FMSU ,FOB FENTY


04 Mar 2014, 02:57:06 PDT
From: jane.oren@afg.usmc.mil
Greetings from Afghanistan, Mr. Tenenberg!
First of all, thank you so much for the time, energy, generosity, and kindness you put into each care package!  The efforts of all the individuals that help you are very much appreciated!
While this email doesn’t seem like much of a thank you, it is heartfelt!  The care packages you sent out went to the junior Marines, and there were huge grins and excited chatter as they dug into the boxes!  Quite the morale booster!  So two thumbs up on a job well done!
You all hit the nail on the head with socks!  As kids I think we likely all scoffed at socks as Christmas presents, but boy there’s a change in reaction now!  Someone pulls socks out of a care package and there is as much “oohing” and “ahhhing” about the socks.
The weather is starting to warm up which has given us a reprieve from the mud and snow from January.  We’re enjoying it while we can before the heat of summer is upon us.
I hope things are going well for you and the family, and please pass on our gratitude to all those that help you in your cause!

Kind regards,
Captain Jane Oren,
Executive Officer/Intelligence Fusion Officer, 1st Intel Bn Det 1, I MEF (Fwd)


02 Mar 2014, 13:45:00 PDT
From: XXXXX
Sonny, hello.
I just wanted to let you know that we received your care package. Thank you so much for your support. It means a lot to us. Later I will send you a photo, so you have an idea of the Soldier you supported. Have a great day!

SFC Contreras, Edgar,
C Co.  3-101 TF Attack,“Widowmakers”


XX Mar 2014, 09:53:23X PDT
From: jmartin8152@hotmail.com
Hi,
I wanted to let you know that we have recieved your package here at FOB Gamberi. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you.
I have never seen anyone get more excited about mail then when we opened a box full of goodies. It was like Christmas in Afghanistan. You truely lifted our spirits for the day. Thank you again.
Everything is doing well here. We are working with the Afghan National Army in preparation for the upcoming presidential elections. Wish us well in the upcoming months as we wish the same to you and yours.
I enjoyed reading the article about how much you have done for us soldiers.  I want to let you know that you inspire me.
If you are able to send another package, based on the list of items you gave me I request febreeze spray, fly tape, neck coolers and items for my female soldiers.

Thank you again,
SGT Martin, Joseph
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Air Borne Division (Air Assault)


26 Feb 2014, 13:08:37 PST
From: aaron.king@afghan.swa.army.mil
Sonny,
Thank you so much for the letter and the package. I shared it with my troops (12 Soldiers) here.
My name is Aaron King, I am a SSG currently deployed to Afghanistan and am 28 years old. I have a wife and six kids.
I just wanted to email you and let you know how much it meant to me and my soldiers to receive the care package that was sent.

Aaron King
Location or unit


26 Feb 2014, 03:39:34 PST
From: desirae.faasavalu@bgab.afcent.af.mil
Mr. Tenenberg, Mrs. Ducasse & Miss Janet,
Good Morning! We (455 EFSS/PERSCO) have received the two care packages you mailed out to us.
These are two of the best care packages we have ever received since being here. You should have seen how eager everyone was to open the boxes and sort through the contents. Needless to say, all you hear throughout the sorting period is “Ooooooh” or “Wow”.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to you and everyone who helps out with the care packages. Thank you so very much for your support. Please know that our job is made easier because of supporters like you. Take Care and God Bless!

Have a good day!
DESIRAE T. FAASAVALU,
A1C, USAF
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan


20 Feb 2014, X PST
My name is Pfc John Murry. Me and my guys have received many packages, thank you to everyone who cared enough to send.
We are good on snacks and hygiene stuff, no px at our base so all we “need/want” is whey protien, pre workout, which helps us maintain at the gym. And tobacco products. Many of you might not want to support that habit but it helps us stay awake, stay safe, and do our jobs. Grizzly Wintergreen longcut dip, Marlboro reds are all appreciated.
your support is invaluable.

Pfc John Murry


16 Feb 2014, 04:28:44 PST
From: gary.ollar@afg.usmc.mil
Good day Mr. Tenenberg,
I had received the care package that you had sent. Let me say first, thank you very much for your service to our country.  Both in past years in the Marine Corps and what you continue to do to support us while deployed. What you and other Marines have done throughout history have enable us to be the best we possibly can be.
Thank you for sending the care package.   We were able to pass the socks out to the Marines that needed them.
Everything else was passed out to my section. Mainly hygiene items, snacks/food are always nice to receive.  The weather is starting to warm up a little so cold weather item aren’t needed as much.

Thanks again for all you have done,
Gunnery Sergeant Gary David Ollar,
Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan


15 Feb 2014, 10:28:14 PST
From: scott.a.wiegel@afghan.swa.army.mil
Mr. Si,
We are so grateful for what you and your team are doing for the soldiers. We’re always appreciative of those back home who have a good understanding of what we do. Heck, I’ve asked my wife to send me some things and she hasn’t.
Of course she’s got her hands full with teenage twin boys age 16; So I have to cut her some slack.
We were thinking about a couple of things that we would like to have. Thinking about food mainly and some of things that we miss and can’t get a hold of. It’s like going to the grocery store when you’re hungry, you crave everything. I hope it’s not too much trouble and if you can’t get a particular item we appreciate getting what you can. Again we appreciate everything y’all do.

Thank You,
SGT. Wiegel,Bco,
563D ASB,159th CAB TF Fighting


14 Feb 2014, 23:38:04 PST
From: bryan.vera.usmc@gmail.com
Hello,
I am Bryan Vera and I am the one you sent the care package too. I would just like to say thank you so much for everything and for sending care packages to so many other troops and soldiers.
Also thanks for setting the example and the path for us Marines, its becuase of the legacy you guys set that makes us feel inspired and keep kicking ass and taking names. Actually, we don’t need the names so much.
Feel free to send whatever you want as we use all of it and if we dont use it we pass it on to other troops that will. You have a good feel for what’s needed here, your intel is golden.
It’s people like you who appreciate the military that make us do what we do and fight for the things we fight for.
I have been here for about two months already and the temperature has ranged from 6 degrees farenheit and snowing to about 90 degrees farenheit and baking. It has been pretty quiet around here besides the last attack we had about a month ago where the Taliban bombed the base at about midnight but luckily they did not hit anyone. I was asleep and had to get woken up by my roommates and told to grab all my gear and head to the bunkers.
I really dont have anyone to send me things I need from back home so once again I would like to thank you guys for everything you sent us and I have shared it with all the other troops over here.

ORAHHH!
Cpl Vera, Bryan A.
USMC


12 Feb 2014, 02:54:18 PST
From: guadalupe.cazares@afg.usmc.mil
Good morning sir,
My name is Lupe (Cpl Cazares) and I am reaching out to you on behalf of my Marines including myself.  It’s a pleasure to express our sincere gratitude for the care packages we received from you.
Every item received from the kindness of your heart is distributed among our Marines and put to good use. We are overwhelmed with joy upon receiving anything that brings us a little piece of home including California, our duty station. We truly appreciate your dedication to helping out those who are currently serving overseas.
It’s an honor to be following in your footsteps. We are utterly amazed to know you’ve served in the Korean war and thank you for your service. Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed.
Thankfully, we are blessed to have caring and loving support from people like you who provide us with day-to-day necessities. We would be ever so thankful if you could possibly provide items like coffee, sports bras (size small), hair gel/spray/ties and nail polish remover as described in your letter. All items are greatly appreciated but due to the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, certain items are scarce especially for females.
Thank you sir for everything you do and have a blessed day. Semper Fidelis!!

Respectfully Submitted,
Cpl Cazares, G.


11 Feb 2014, 13:18:21 PST
From: savolskiscasey@yahoo.com
Dear Si Tenenberg,
My name is PFC Casey Savoloskis and I am currently deployed to Afghanistan.
I received a care package from someone in San Luis Obispo and in the box was a news letter about the charity you are running. I thought it was a great news letter and thought I should write you since I and my squad mates are in dire need of supplies.
We are running security running at a small base called Camp Eggars and it is currently in the process of shutting down. The PX and other amenities are gone now so we don’t have the supplies we need readily available. We get care packages from other sources but all people ever send us is snacks and energy drinks.
There are eight of us total and we are in need of Grizzley Winter Green Long Cut, cigarettes, white and green socks, razors, shaving cream, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, body wash, beanies, long sleeve t-shirts, underwear, and if you can send cigars that would be a huge bonus as well.
Our mailing address is TF 2 Fury
C co. 2/508 Camp Phoenix APO AE 09320. We thank you so much for helping the soldiers here in Afghanistan and for taking the time to read our email.

Casey


07 Feb 2014, 17:34:08 PST
From: joycarney@yahoo.com
I am SGT Joy Carney, I am assigned to 2-87 Infantry Battalion, Task Force Catamount, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum New York.
We are currently deployed to Forward Operation Base Shank, Regional Command Afghanistan. I am a Combat Medic and a Treatment Non-Commissioned Officer.
I just want to say thanks for your kind support.

Close
Joy Carney,
Serving to Heal, Honored to Serve.


07 Feb 2014, 11:25:34 PST
From: sergio.montes5.mil@mail.mil
Hello Sonny
My name is Sergio Montes, I received a box from y’all today, it was great. Everything in the box was necessary and greatly appreciated.
Thank you for everything you do for the troops, and thank you for your service, you are the true hero.
I am not the kind of person who like to ask for an exact item, but tan t shirts XL and socks would be much appreciated, you can never have enough of those items. Thats about it.
And once again, thank you for your service and you thank you for everything you do for your country. Your efforts are very appreciated.

Sergio


06 Feb 2014, 03:17:21 PST
From: Guadalupe.silva@afghan.swa.army.mil
I wanted to write to you just to say hello! I want you to know that we truly appreciate you and what you are doing for us! I think you are a wonderful person with a very kind heart, god bless you! Once again, Thank You!

You are a true hero!!!
Spc Silva Guadalupe,
Eagle Express


04 Feb 2014, 21:36:27 PST
From: herby.black@afghan.swa.army.mil
Si & all Volunteers,
I received your box today, and it was packed with so many great things we can definitely use on a daily basis, I want to extend a heartfelt Thank You for it.
I am here with about 60 Air Force and Coalition members trying to teach the Afghan’s to fly and maintain MI-17 helicopters. It is not an easy task at any point but receiving boxes is a bright point of our day.
Thanks again and keep up the great work knowing that all military members applaud you for taking care of us.

Herby W. Black, MSgt, USAF,
MI-17 Advisor, 442 AEAS, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan


04 Feb 2014, 16:55:53 PST
From: brittany.n.peoples.mil@mail.mil
Hello Si,
I wanted to email you and let you know that your care package arrived in great condition and was a big hit with the Soldiers!!!!
I have also sent you a personal letter to thank you but this was the quickest way to get a hold of you until that letter arrives! Thank you again!!!
I let the Soldiers read your letter and make some recommendations for things they need/want: Shirts/sweat shirts! – Both long and short sleeved – sizes range from small-xl. Socks:  (The Soldiers read your description about them and starting debating on who should get them if they arrive in a carepackage, it was one great description)
I have a sort of personal request…  I have been pushing my female Soldiers into the gym… but there are no weights that are less than 20lbs and most of my girls just cant lift that consistently enough to get a good workout…  we are trying to get a set of weights between 3 – 10 lbs. That’s a lot of weight to mail.
We have over 20 Soldiers in our shop. This is how it works, whenever I get mail addressed to ‘Any Soldier’ I allow the lower ranking Soldiers to open it and pass it around.  Once the Soldiers have what they want/need, I look and see if there is anything for me, organize the box and place it in our office walk through for the various other Soldiers that come through our office.
I thank you again for everything you have done and will continue to do!!!  You are more than an inspiration and a breath of fresh air!!!!!!! (That’s a 7 exclamation point salute)

Brittany Peoples, SSG, USA


04 Feb 2014, 12:29:28 PST
From: 1250465102@afghan.swa.army.mil
Sir,
I just wanted to let you know that we received your packages. All the guys were very grateful for the items sent. I am in charge of 33 soldiers here in Afghanistan and to see their eyes light up when they receive packages from people like you and your supporters it makes my job seem worthwhile.
It seems this time out we have a lot of first-time young soldiers that have never really been away from home. So anything they get, it just shows them that people do really care about them.
Well enough about us. I hope this finds you well and you enjoy hearing from us when I get to a computer again I will try and send some pics of the guys opening the packages. Thanks again and I will continue to update you as much as I can.


03 Feb 2014, 20:00:58 PST
From: douglas.lockard@afg.usmc.mil
Good Morning Sir,
I am a SGT of Marines who is lucky enough to have 30 of those warriors here with me and under my charge.  I wish to tell you that the each and every one of us here are grateful for your service to our country and to OUR brothers, past and present.
I don’t know how to say it but, it’s a sobering experience knowing that there are individuals like you and your team who care for us  with great concern and  overwhelming support. We can’t say it enough, but with all our hearts we really do appreciate these gifts. Thank You so very much.
We will include a photo the next time we get the chance to get on a computer, that way you can see some of your boys making you proud.

SEMPER FIDELI
S
Sgt Lockard, Douglas K,
Bastion A/DACG SNCOIC


02 Feb 2014, 10:41:19 PST
From: scott.a.wiegel@afghan.swa.army.mil
Si,
My name is Sgt Wiegel. You can call me Scott. Just want to let you know that we received your package of goods.
I work in a Flight Line Shop as an Aviation Maintenance Technician and Team Leader. We repair UH-60 Blackhawks and CH-47 Chinooks. And the work is always steady here at Bagram Airfield.
I know you’re retired military so thank you for all that you are doing to support the troops. We greatly appreciate it. We have 12 soldiers in our shop and 33 in our platoon.

Sincerely,
Scott


02 Feb 2014, 02:54:05 PST
From: glenn.cruzcancel@gmail.com
Hello!
My name is Capt Cruz Cancel and I am part of the team that has received your care package.
I got the honor for this moment to say thank you for your time and dedication to service members. We sincerely appreciate all your efforts and feel very much like we have the support of the American people.
I have read over the list of items you sent and just wanted to say thank you for the options. We do not feel particularly comfortable with requesting items as we feel that your generosity is far more than we could ever hope for. We are extremely greatful for the time and energy you have spent.

Thank you very much


26 Feb 2014, 08:46:35 PST
From: manniegonzo@hotmail.com
Mr. Tenenberg,
Thank you for the care packages. My soldiers and myself are extremely grateful for fine citizens as yourself.
We absolutely cherish every package we receive and things we are not able to use we provide to the MWR [morale, welfare and recreation support services] on our compound. Although we do not have the necessities as others may have in Afghanistan, the small things are what keeps our spirits up!
From food to toiletries, everything is taken advantage of. At times mail takes a while to arrive and other days it takes a week at most.
I hope all is well back home with yourself, your family, and your friends. Thank you again!!

Regards,
SSG Manuel Gonzalez


18 Jan 2014, 12:35:50 PST
From: andrewbenjaminquinn@gmail.com
Dear Mr. Tenenberg,
I would first like to thank you for your previous service to our great nation.  I am proud to follow in the footsteps of great veterans such as yourself.
Secondly I would like to thank you for the care package I recently received.  I shared this care package and your notes inside with my platoon and they loved the enthusiasm and care that went into this package.  It means a great deal to us that you spent the time and thoughts thinking of us down range.
I hope to hear from you and thanks again for supporting the troops

HOOAH!
SPC Andrew Quinn


15 Jan 2014
Dear Si, Marilyn, and Charlie, and I can’t forget all the volunteers that helped and continue to help us.
Little things in life go a long way and being deployed away from family gets tough, but your package brought smiles to us. We are a great nation due to friends just like you.
I have been deployed 6 times and it never seems to get any easier, but when i get a package that says thanks for my service, it makes it all worthwhile.
My time is almost up out here so I am looking forward to coming back to sunny California. I am out of Vandenberg AFB.

Happy new year & god bless
Major Carla Lugo,
455 EARS/ATOC


13 Jan 2014, 0 PST
Hello everyone,
We are about a month out from redeployment. I would like to thank all of the people, whether as an individual or as part of a group, that sent my soldiers and me care packages and letters while we have been deployed.
The support was incedible and very moving. I have made some great friends through this experience!
I tried to send each and everyone whom sent some thing a thank you letter, email, or quick note to let you kow your stuff made it to us.

Thank you all once again and God Bless!
SFC Walter Mausteller
TF Lifeliner,Bagram Airfield


13 Jan 2014
Living conditions are not favorable. Living in over-crowded rooms (when actually in them), or in vehicles. When we do have access to a PX or chow hall we walk long distances to get there.
At times we go long periods of time without real, good, food or proper hygiene time. Entertainment is scarce to come by at times.

Cpl David J. Basom USMC


09 Jan 2014, 11:05:00 PST
From: facebook post
Hello Mr Tenenberg,
My name is Sgt Lindroth. I just wanted to thank you for the care package that you sent.
It really made my Marines’ day a better one. They all appreciate everything you have been doing and enjoyed everything you sent. Again I want to say thank you and we appreciate the support.


08 Jan 2014, 01:48:13 PST
From: qballsster@gmail.com
To everyone who has supported us through letters, care packages, cards, books, games, thoughts and prayers, I want to personally thank you for the support of me and my brigade.
The Soldiers thank you, as well as the command teams.  You all have been a wonderful and caring during our deployment and we couldn’t have made it through without you.
Good news has come our way.  Our tour is being shortened.  This is great news for us as we now prepare to return to our family and friends.
I want each and everyone of you to know that I feel so blessed as to have met you and kept in touch this long.  I pray we can continue to stay in touch, and if I am ever in your part of town with my family would love to come by and say hi.  Please feel free to email me.
Thank you for all the years and two deployments of support.  Once again, thank you all!

Merry Chirstmas, Happy Holdiays, and a very Happy New Year!!!!!


06 Jan 2014, 05:28:16 PST
From: joshjpearl91@gmail.com
Hello Mr. Tenenberg!
I received your care package today and I really appreciate it. You sure know how to send a good care package!
I shared some of the things amongst my squad and they appreciate it too.

I hope you had a good holiday season and I hope all is well
Josh Pearl


05 Jan 2014, 03:01:32 PST
From: brandon.g.wagoner@afghan.swa.army.mil
Thanks Si for your support and time spent sending some goodies our way.
We look forward to hearing from people like you guys back home and opening those care packages is the highlight of our days.
We are a small team of approximately 10-15 people working hard so we can come home safely.
Many people ask us what it is we like to have sent to us.  Our group here is easy to please… in our spare time we normally just relax and snack on some meat and cheese trays we cut up from people sending summer sausage/other meats and cheese blocks.  Those are what we go through the quickest.
Specifically from the list you sent, some of our guys ask for flashlights, dried fruit snacks, and the Afghan Army is actually requesting cold weather gear (various sizes).
Any help you are able to send out way is greatly appreciated.  But anyway, thank you for your support and from our team of veterans in Afghanistan to another veteran like yourself…

Wishing you the best,
Brandon Wagoner


04 Jan 2014, 22:23:29 PST
From: roy.teague@afg.usmc
Good Morning and Happy Holidays!
Please accept our sincerest and most humble appreciation for taking time out of your day to send these care packages and letters.
It truly means more than words can express and my junior Sailors can’t begin to put into words their true gratitude! God Bless you and your family during this holiday season. Thank you!

Very Respectfully,
HM1 (SW) Roy Teague


. 03 Jan 2014, 13:35:49 PST
From: maida.puente@gmail.com
Hello,
Got your earlier packages, just haven’t gotten the time to email or write you back, but know that your efforts are greatly appreciated.
Here is a list of what some of my junior Marines and myself have talked about that we still need while we are still out here. Green boot socks anywhere between sizes 4-12, Black/Tan Beanies, Black insulated gloves, 50×60 blankets, thermal underwear sweatshirts – size small, hand warmers,sport bras – size large or 36c.
There is a total of us 19 here but 10 of us are on night crew and it is chilly outside. Anything is really appreciated.

Sgt Puente

02 Jun 2013, 13:11:18 PDT
From: ramonmejia56@yahoo.com
Hi Si,
First, thank you for sending us care packages, for your prayers, and support to the troops.
A little about the unit GLT R9 (Georgian Leading Team). We came as a whole in December 2012 and trained up to March 2013. We left the states late April 2013 from Cherry Point, NC to Germany. From Germany to Kyrgyzstan and from Kyrgyzstan to Afghanistan.
We work with the Georgian Army supporting each other in every mission, and in every way possible.We do back to back patrols+convoys.
Right now were in the hot summer time and we could use spandex, regulation short sleeve t-shirts, snacks, energy products, baby wipes, gatorade/drink, mouth wash, body wash, shaving cream, deodorant, tooth brushes, toothpaste, razors, air fresheners….anything would help, doesn’t have to be exact.
Thank you all once again.

Sincerely,
Cpl Ramon Mejia &
GLT R9 Unit 13934


03 Jun 2013, 04:03:57 PDT
From: rodricbooker2002@yahoo.com
Hello,
I really appreciate the care packages that you sent to my team and me.  Receiving packages from those who support what we do here really boosts our spirits.

Thanks for all your support and help.
Rodric Booker


07 Jun 2013, 02:14:24 PDT
From: (Send IM) aethrashaethrash@aol.com
Si,
Thank you so very much for the recent care package for me and my guys. I have been busy these past few weeks and had hoped to post you information for the guys but I have lost that sheet that showed what you had…
We appreciate what you have to send and nothing is wasted. I always find someone who needs everything!! Thanks for your support and you hard work

Andral Thrash


09 Jun 2013, 11:15:34 PDT
From: shawnwilliams321@gmail.com”
Mr. Tenenberg and crew,
On behalf of all my guys I would like to thank you all for the your support, and appreciate the care packages. Mr. Tenenberg, if you could thank all the people that volunteer I’d appreciate that too.

My Deepest Thanks,
SSG Shawn Williams


11 Jun 2013, 21:01:22 PDT
From: (Send IM to:) aethrashaethrash@aol.com”
Hey Si,
This is Thrash at FOB Lightning.
I haven’t had a chance to put up a note about you and your opportunities; however the guys noted we are down to Ramen noodles and stuff we cannot prepare to eat. The guys come in and try to relax in our rooms during most meals. As you may recall, you try to save as much time for sleep as possible. That being the case, most our “lunchbox” items are gone. We are down to noodles and granola bars. That said anything you can send that doesn’t require anything more than hot water would be of help.I have a good supply here now of most the health care items you have. Except I could use a box of band aids, maybe two. My CLS guys are starting to ask me for more and I only have a few. The aid station is low as well.
We also have lots of “PR” with the locals which results in lots of chai time. They always bring out there “sweet candies to serve with the chai. We would like to be able to offer some of America’s sweet candies over chai to keep the locals from always spending their dollars on us and to let them sample some of our sweets. If you have bags hard sweet candies, send them.
That’s the gist of it right now for us. Never a demand or a request but always an informative email to help you send only what is needed so nothing is wasted. Our excess is shared first amongst this team, any supportive team with us, the FOB and finally (and within reason) our ANA counterparts. We are grateful for anything you do send.
I noticed in the paper you sent, that many of us say, “each package is a mini Christmas”. This is soooo true about packages that come to me. The guys will gather around for me to open the packages. Last week none came in and everyone was reminding me that “we did not get any packages”, Lol. I am blessed with a good group of guys and we are all honored to have been selected for this mission.
The saying about give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he will eat for a life time – defines our mission.

Bye for now,
Andral Thrash


11 Jun 2013, 23:36:59 PDT
From: rrhollier@yahoo.com”
Hello:
Just wanted to send a note letting you know we received your care package. Everything sent means so much to us. We don’t have a PX here, so someone is always in need of something extra. Every time we open a box, it gets sorted and put out for anyone to take it.
It is always good to supply someone in need. Thank you for the wonderful things you are doing for us.

SPC Hollier, Randi Rae,
FOB Orgun-E


12 Jun 2013, 03:52:36 PDT
From: michael.warner@afghan.swa.army.mil
Si,
We are very thankful for the package and the Soldiers were excited about the food and personal hygiene products.
We are currently at FOB Salerno, Afghanistan and have been here for a couple months now.  Things are going well so far, but we will start retrograding in the near future. I have a total of 8 Soldiers.
I am the NCOIC [non-commissioned officer in charge] of the S-6 office which in general terms translates to a Communication Specialist Shop.  We provide communication support to the entire unit.
I would just like to again say thank you for all that you do for all Soldiers. It does mean a lot to know that there are still great people in the country who support the troops and give us morale when we need it the most.
SFC Michael Warner,
10 CAB FOB Salerno


14 Jun 2013
Dear Si,
My name is Robert Navarro. I am a Corporal on my third deployment to Afghanistan. I am a Rifle Squad leader with 3rd Btn, 4th Marines. I want to thank you on behalf of my squad for the package you sent to us.
My Marines and I have only been here a month when we received your package. It’s good for the new kids on their first deployment that more than just moms and dads are thinking about them back home. It’s also good for us “old farts” to get unexpected support from back home.
You and your people are doing great things and it is well appreciated. You all really do make an impact over here. Patriotism seems to be on the back burner for the American people these days. We will keep doing what we came here to do and God bless you guys for doing yours.

Sincerely,
Cpl Robert Navarro, 3/4 Lima Co. 1st Plt,
USMC


17 Jun 2013, 07:48:50 PDT
From: bramasun@gmail.com
Si,
Thank you so much for your packages.
I recently returned from a conference – yes, a conference – and your care packages where waiting when I returned.  Read the articles you included in the care packages and I want to thank you and your volunteers for all your hard work and dedication.
It is really the little things that you miss out here like being able to take a shower without sandals, having a Oreo cookie, or just going out and watching a movie.

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B. Ramasun


23 Jun 2013, 12:33:20 PDT
From: (Send IM to:) USMCKID99usmckid99@aol.com
dear Si Tenenberg,
I am sending u a quick email to thank you for the package u sent me. It means a lot knowing that nowadays the fine country we live in supports the troops. It means a lot to me also knowing that random strangers are kind enough to make my life easier. and it really helps.
The one thing it is very difficult for me to get over here is chewing tobacco. I saw on your list that you send those items out. If there’s anyway possible you could send Copenhagen straight that would be the greatest! if not it’s ok!
The stuff you sent alone made my day, thank you so much and keep making a soldier’s day by doing what you’re doing!

Respectfully,
SPC McManaman, Matthew


25 Jun 2013, 12:28:45 PDT
From: jeff.logan@afghan.swa.army.mil
Mr. Tenenberg,
My name is Jeff Logan and I received a box yesterday from you.
When I get boxes in from awesome people such as you, I have my soldiers open the boxes and put the items in our break room that is located in the Battalion.  We have some soldiers who don’t get a lot and thanks to kind people such as yourself that send these items, it gives the soldiers a chance to go to the break room and get a snack or anything during the day.
I looked over the list items that you had on your sheet and everything looks good to me.  I wouldn’t send anything that was chocolate. Right now it is over 110 degrees and chocolate doesn’t like the heat very well.
Again, I want to thank you for all the support that you and your organization does for our soldiers.

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CSM Jeff Logan,Battalion Sergeant Major,
TF Dynamite,Kandahar Airfield


25 Jun 2013
Dear Mr. Tenenberg,
My team and I thank you so very much for what you do for the troops out here. We are all members of the Anti-Terrorism team here in SW Afghanistan. Together we are responsible For making sure all operating bases throughout SW Afghanistan have adequate force protection, equipment, and take appropriate force protection measures.
To put is simply, we make sure all our Troops, Coalition Partners and civilian contractors are safe throughout SW Afghanistan.
It can be very tough at times being away from friends, family, and loved ones – but with the help of good wholesome people like yourselves, we try to keep morale high and focus on mission accomplishment.
We highly appreciate the care package you sent and have faith that your kindness to your fellow man will pay dividends to you and your loved ones in the future. Please keep us in your prayers and always remain faithful.

God Bless you and Semper Fidelis
Orlando Higgens, Capt. USMC
RC(SW) C-3 ATFP, from Afghanistan,


19 May 2013, 03:46:36 PDT
From: ryan.verhine@afghan.swa.army.mil
Mr. Tenenberg,
Thank you for your generous box. I have disseminated it out to our soldiers that are in the remote areas on the mountain. It is easier to resupply them this way because they have no AAFES [Army and Air Force Exchange Service] on a platoon size out post.
We will take anything you wish to send for our unit no one is picky and have too much pride to ask for specifics.
I am sure as a former Marine you understand. One thing that we are trying to get for our unit is 3×5 American flags to fly over Afghanistan and send home for father’s day; and to former veterans as 4th of July gifts. If you know of anyone that could donate any amount of flags it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
CW2 Verhine


18 May 2013, 22:52:34 PDT
From: manlypat@gmail.com
Dear Si,
One of your care packages made its way to me this week. Thanks so much for your generosity in supporting the military! I’m stationed with 30 Marines at a forward base on a military advisor team, far from the nearest support. We have to convoy for food, water, ammunition and mail. So when we get care packages with some comfort food and hygiene gear, it really makes a big difference and cheers up our day.
Our mission is to live with and help train up an Afghan paramilitary unit to be self-sufficient for after the drawdown. We’re on a year long deployment in the (very hot) southern part of Afghanistan. Your summer gear, hygiene gear, and snacks are a big boost to morale. I can tell you are a savvy care package giver. Sometimes we’ll get a care package out here that is full of completely useless stuff–it’s frustrating–but your team is awesome! Every item was useful.
I see on your menu that you send out Febreeze sometimes. If you feel like sending another care package sometime, I’m here until February. When it’s 110 degrees and we’re covered in dust and sweat, our little rooms (in the Afghan barracks in which we live) absolutely stink. We’ve had septic backups, too, so Febreeze is like liquid gold.
Thanks a million, you really make us feel like we’re not forgotten out here. It’s the thought that counts.

Okay that’s all for now–thanks so much again!
1st Lt Patrick Weeks,
7th BDE ANCOP


15 May 2013, 08:28:34 PDT
From: tashley414@gmail.com
Si,
Thank you for the package my soldiers really appreciated it. Nothing ever beats the excitement of mail when you’re deployed.
I gave my soldiers the list of items you offer and they gave me a list. black and tan beanies, socks, t-shirts. baby wipes, fly tape, fleece blankets, bodywash, deodorant, flashlights, air freshners, jerky, chips, energy drinks and bars, cigarettes and chew, vitamins. Most of these things we are depending on the mail with the draw down we are losing a lot of amenities, like px’s and certain meals.
We also would like to thank you for what you do it means a lot to us.

thanks
Sgt Ashley


11 May 2013
Sir,
I wanted to take a minute to thank you for the wonderful and helpful care packages. I just received them on Monday, here in Afghanistan, which was a great lift for my troops.
We recently lost 5 Troops in an attack this past Saturday and the morale of the young men and women was low for the following days. Once I recieved your package, I took it into our common area and heads perked up, smiles showed on their faces; something I hadn’t seen in days.
I just wanted to say that your support means the world to these Soldiers. We do not receive a lot of it, or at least see, or feel it very often. The time you, your volunteers and those who donate, put in is VERY much appreciated.
I/we plan to email everyone who has sent letters, to say a big thank you to them for spending their precious time on complete strangers. It says a lot about your volunteers and gives us encouragement at the same time.

Again, Thank you, Sir, for all that you do.
John Whittenburg ARMY MEDICAL SERGEANT,
FOB Walton, Afghanistan


11 May 2013, 04:30:34 PDT
From: david_mead1@msn.com
Hi,
My name is Sgt Mead and I just wanted to say thank you for the care packages that we received today. It really means a lot to my Marines and myself. It boosts morale and helps a lot with everything else we need.
Your services are very much appreciated and makes me proud to keep our country safe because of people like you. I only wish there were more people out there that appreciated the military like you do.

Thanks again and Semper Fi!
Sgt Mead, D. D. / USMC


10 May 2013, 22:01:38 PDT
From: wattsrob13@gmail.com
Sir,
Just wanted to thank you for the care package we received and let you know how much it means to be able to have some of the amenities of home and that it all gets put to good use.

The team and i thank you for your support.
SFC Robert Watts JR


07 May 2013
From: email Address
Dear Sir,
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to support my troops.
I am writing you on behalf of my Platoon. We are currently at a Combat Outpost in a separate location than the rest of our company. My Marines live outside in crudely built defensive sandbag structures and are constantly fending off camel spiders, scorpions, and wild dogs that infiltrate into their living area which takes away their focus from the ever present enemy threat. My Marines are also constantly operating with limited sleep and irregular working hours.
We are making every effort to ensure sanitary conditions are upheld while still maintaining security. In order to maintain sanitary conditions at our Combat Outpost, we must urinate in PVC pipes with one end buried in the dirt and defecate in bags that we immediately burn.
It is comforting to know that there are still good people who appreciate the hardships that some of America’s young men and women endure.
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Thanks again
2nd Lt Allan Wiltshire, USMC
Location or unit


02 May 2013, 03:51:17 PDT
From: wypeout45@gmail.com
Mr. Tenenberg,
Thank you all so much for the thoughtful package. It will go a long way in motivating my troops.
I am a Infantryman currently serving in Kabul, Afghanistan. I have been in the Army for nine years this september. I am married and have two daughters.
Every package we receive as soldiers boosts morale no matter what is inside. It is the knowledge that someone out there we have never even met supports us whole heartedly.

Again, thank you for everything and God bless.
SSG Nicholas Lavers


12 April 2013
Hello,
I am currently deployed with 1st ANGLICO to Afghanistan and am living with 15 other Marines in a tent on a Forward Operating Base (fob). I am representing my team for this program. We do not have access to a px, so access to snacks, drinks, or comfort items are very limited. We are fortunate to have electricity in our tent and have successfuly acquired a small refrigerator. We do not however have any cooking utensils, so food choices can be limited.
We spend the majority of our time patrolling and are typically on the go so items like power bars or cliff bars are highly prized. Also items such as baby wipes and foot powder help with the hygine needs. We do have a shower on the fob, but due to the limited hours the base can run water and our patrol cycle, our team typically only gets to shower once a week.

My team and I greatly appreciate the support your volunteers offer and will greatly appreciate any items donated (we are not picky!)
Cpl Jeffrey S. Hunter
1st ANGLICO, FOB SHIR GHAZAY


11 April 2013, 02:10:39 PDT
From: marjana.bidwell@afghan.swa.army.mil
Dear Mr. Tenenberg,
Please send my regards and thanks to all who contributed to sending my Soldier’s care packages. The past few months that I have been in theater, I have really been in awe of how much love and support Americans like yourself bring to the fight. It is essential and greatly appreciated.
I just want to let you know how what you send impacts the Soldier who is out here in this war-torn country. Feminine products are hard to come by, especially when you’re on a base with no way to purchase it. You either think way ahead and have loved ones from back home send things or you bring what you can when you ship out.
Love and support in the form of care packages makes that sacrifice all the more worthwhile. It’s like a little bit of America is sent to us in each one. So thank you for what you’re are doing, it’s an incredible thing. God Bless you and I hope to hear from you again

Respectfully,
CPT Marjana E. Bidwell,
HHC BDE, 2BCT 10th MTN


11 April 2013
Hi,
I just wanted to thank everyone who has sent my team mail, we share all the packages. Bad morale is a growing problem. We enjoy the letters we get, it shows that people really care. It really means a lot to myself as well as the rest of the soldiers on my team.

From the bottom of my heart, Thank you!

1LT Ryan Nehus


10 April 2012, X

Hello,
First I want to thank you for your kind and generous support. Second, I would like to say that during the draw down, things are getting worse for the troops here.
I am deployed to a location in Afghanistan with no American PX or Chow Hall and what little support we do receive has been cut in half because of the draw down. Our Airmen are coping very well here considering, but certain things are lacking that we can’t find here: Healthy snacks and simple American toiletries. We can buy meat and vegetables off the Afghan economy, so seasonings would be nice as well.

Respectfully,
MSgt Gray
RC WEST,838 AEAG,DET 1,CAMP STONE


5 April 2013
Dear Si,
I am a Special Forces “Green Beret Doc” at a remote combat outpost in Afghanistan. My team travels all over Afghanistan to some very dangerous areas.
We recently received one of your packages. You need to know how much it was appreciated.There is no PX or store to buy the necessities contained in your boxes.
I am completing my third tour in Afghanistan and will fly home to Utah shortly. May our Lord continue to bless you.

Thank you,
“Doc J”
CJSOTF


08 April 2013, 05:22:27 PDT
From: bryan.vanallman@gmail.com
Hello Sonny,
My name is SPC.Bryan VanAllman and I and the other medics I am serving with received a care package from you. I got lucky today and had some time to myself and wanted to take a few minutes to write you and say how much we all appreciate what you have done for us even if you or others think it’s a small thing to send a care package with a few goodies from home. We are more than thankful and our day is brightened by the arrival of such a kind gesture.
I for one have found a renewed spirit of hope for our nation in that I see from the acts of you and people like you that all the goodness is not yet gone from our hearts. So much in the news and fraught with low and unseemly acts that it’s hard to feel like they’re are any good people left out in the world. You and others like you take the time to reach out to those of us who fight so far away from home not knowing us from anyone or anything and give us the simple kindness of knowing we are in someones heart and mind and that we are not forgotten. For that I give you all my thanks from the depths of my heart.
You may never know how much those small things you do effect others but thank you for giving what you can and giving us something to remember when we are struggling and the days get long and hard. You are in my prayers and I hope you and yours have all “the health and happiness you deserve.”

Bryan


02 April 2013, 05:28:23 PDT
From: phljns224@aol.com
Mr. Tenenberg,
On behalf of the Soldiers here in Afghanistan and D-26th FA TA I would like to thank you for your support. We do appreciate everything you’ve done for us. It is not easy being here on the other side of the world.
We currently could use a food package or two and some more of those awesome socks would help us out.
I’m sure you’ve witnessed before that some of the men don’t take to combat as easily as others. So when we do get packages it brightens up their day; attitudes change (for the better), and the quality of life here generally improves. So thank you for making my job of providing purpose direction and motivation a little easier.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the support.
SSG Philip Jones Shindand, AFG
D-26th FA TA, Afghanistan


01 April 2013, 03:00:59 PDT
From: chrishicks32@hotmail.com
Si,
My name is Christopher Hicks and I am here in Afghanistan at COP Bande Sardeh. I read in your letter, you are a Marine and served in the Korean War. I say are and not were because I have an uncle that is a Marine who served in the Vietnam War. And I was corrected only once that once a Marine always a Marine.
Anyway, we received a package from you the other day and I have to say it was well received by my Soldiers. I just wanted to say thank you, because out here it’s hard to really get anything. It is really hard to get cigarettes or chew out at a place like this and most people won’t send those anyway. Accept the ex-vets because they know how it is.
This is my 2nd Tour in Afghanistan, and I am now the 1SG for the company that is here at Bande Sardeh. I have been an Instructor, Drill Sergeant, been to Airborne and Air Assault School, but I love these Soldiers and I appreciate people like you that do what you do for them.

Hope you have a Happy Easter.
Chris
COP Bande Sardeh, Afghanistan


23 March 2012,7:40:03 PDT
From: Jeff.E.Sherman@afghan.swa.army.mil
To Si and supporters,
My team and I just received your package and opened it together here in Afghanistan. My Soldiers and I were very excited as we went through the box dispersing its contents. I have several Soldiers spread around the area, some in more secluded places where they are very limited on things they can acquire so when we receive these boxes I am able to get the much needed morale items out to them.
We all appreciate your letters and just hearing from fellow Americans that support what we do out here. The boxes are great as they give us that little piece of the United States that is largely missing here.
Additionally, the box had a variety gender specific things which was good because I have several female Soldiers under my charge.
I thank you all again for your support and wish you a happy Easter in the upcoming months.

Very Respectfully,
Jeff Sherman, SSGT,
4-3 IBCT, 3ID,FOB Shank, Afghanistan


22 March 2013,
Thank you for your continued support for our soldiers overseas. The bases over here are continuing to close down which means our hot food is going to be going away very soon.
Here are a few more things we could use over here–Microwaveable meals (ravioli, chili, soup), A lot of us drink the Instant breakfast drinks or Protein drinks (boost, carnation), Gum, Coffee Keurig Cups, snacks such as the tuna and crackers meals-makes a quick meal if need be, canned ravioli, fruit cups, pop tarts, breakfast bars, ramen noodles, and hard candy.
We thank you for taking time to send us goodies over here-all of us really appreciate it.

God Bless,
Joshua Nunley,
2-10 BCT FOB Sharana, Afghanistan


21 March 2013, 02:59:51 PDT
From: thomas.e.ellis@afghan.swa.army.mil
Mr. Tenenberg,
First please allow me to offer my sincere thanks to you and your volunteers for taking the time to send packages not only to myself and the soldiers in my unit but also to all of my brothers and sisters in arms. I took the time to read each and every single letter, notes and newspaper clipping included in the package, THANK YOU all for the time you donate to show those of us over here that people still care.
My name is Tom Ellis I am from Hopewell Junction NY, I am on my 4th deployment in 12 years. I am the Father of 7, yes I said 7,children, that was not a typo. I love all of my children with all my heart and miss them very much. I have been gone all but 29 days since 18 May 2012, and I am not scheduled to return home until sometime in June or July ,the good lord willing.
The guys love the Ramen noodles we can add water and set it in the sun and they are done in about 5 minutes. They all want the Green boot socks as one of the soldiers got some in another package and they swear they are the best thing since sliced bread. We almost had a wrestling match over the two pair that came in this package. Baby wipes are always welcome as opposed to the sand paper provided in MRE’s.
Again Sir, I would like to say that the soldiers in my unit and I all salute your efforts to make a bunch of knuckleheads from NY feel like there are people at home who do care about what we are doing. My only hope is that my children never have to lace a pair of boots up and walk the path that I have walked it is not fun and can be very lonely sometimes. If you would please pass my e mail address to the volunteers that would be great.
Things here can get pretty hectic as the fine gentlemen of Afghanistan are starting to warm up and getting a little frisky. Things do get somewhat crazy around here especially at 0100 in the damn morning. We all wish they would learn to play nice but we all know that is not going to happen.
SEMPERI FI and thank you for your service

Very Respectfully,
SPC Thomas E. Ellis Jr.,
A CO 101 ESB


18 Mar 2013, X
Hello everyone.
My unit and I thank you for all the support you are giving. Everyone has enjoyed all the items that have been sent. Soon we will be only getting 1 hot meal per day and eating MRE’s (meals ready to eat) for the rest of the day. We still live in “PODS” with 220v outlets inside and have some of the services like laundry, bottled water.
Work days are a bit longer. Hygiene items such as shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. are becoming more scarce. My Marines are would like anything that is microwavable, powdered drink mix, beef products (jerky or sticks), tuna (can or pack), and any other canned food items.
We all thank you for your support and it is this kind of support that gives us the drive to complete the mission and get home

God bless.
HM2 David Rodriguez,
8th COMM BN FWD


18 March 2013, 04:09:28 PDT
From: eddy.perez@afghan.swa.army.mil
My name is SFC Perez,
I just received your care package and its great.The men love the all the goodies and snacks. We were all really glad and thrill to see that some people still care about the troops out here.
I’ll tell you a bit about the team. We are the only 12 man currently deployed out of the 4th Infantry Division from Ft. Carson, CO. We work as an SFAAT team to assist and advice the Afghan Police during our transition here. We all love what we do but can’t wait to get back to our families.
Again sir thank you for all you do and all of your support for the troops. I can’t tell you what to send us sir but anything will help us. We have no PX nor any way to get the basics other than our families and people like yourself sending care packages.

God bless.
SFC Perez, Eddy,
SFAAT-AUP TEAM NCOIC,FOB AIRBORNE


15 March 2013, 04:47:14 PDT
From: John.Tedder@afg.usmc.mil
Si,
We received your care package and the boys were happy. Thank you again to you and your helpers.
The cigarettes and chewing tobacco was a huge hit, they didn’t know that you guys would send that stuff. So thank you again for making their day! Everyone is doing well, staying busy and enjoying the warmer temperatures. It has been in the high 70’s and maybe low 80’s the past few days, very nice weather.
I hope all is well over in San Luis Obispo. I love that area, beautiful county. Take care and well talk to you soon. Thank you once again.

Semper Fi,
Gunny T.


13 March 2013
Hi, my name is Dylan Hart
We live in small air-conditioned tents, with no flushing toilets. We do have hot showers, however. We also have electricity, and a laundry service.
Food is badly needed. We do not have any cookware or appliances. no microwaves, refrigerators or freezers. Gloves and headlamps, as we work mainly at night, are always needed, as well as batteries for the headlamps (typically AAA, sometimes AA.
I am representing my platoon. We are the scout platoon for our unit based out of Fort Bliss, TX. We provide reconnaissance for our battalion by means of observation and patrols. We train specifically in communicating with air support and fire support for our ground troops.

Hoping to hear from you,
Dylan Hart, HHC
4-17IN FOB WALTON


13 March 2013, X
From: email Address
Hello,
My name is SSgt Sundell and I am currently deployed to Afghanistan.My unit is from Southern California and I am in charge of a platoon, but I have other platoons who I also will be supporting with your packages and letters.
I have been a Volunteer Contact for my unit on multiple deployments and have had the absolute best support from everyone. We do not have any sort of PX or store in our area, other than on rare occasions. All of our needs other than MRE’s, Water and those things that are issued come from care packages.
I do have a few Marines who don’t have a lot of Family or friends and could use pen pals as well. We are an all male unit and do not have any females with us currently. Once again thank you for all your support and we look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes and God Bless–
SSGT Ben Sundell USMC,
3-4 LIMA CO


3/13/2013: From: SSgt Benjamin S Sundell USMC 10 March 2013, 01:46:34 PDT
From: larry.jones7@afghan.swa.army.mil
Hello,
My name is Larry Jones. The soldiers and I would like to thank you for the care package that was sent. We enjoyed the phone cards, the socks, and the health products. We are located near Kabul and our PX is very small.
We thank you for the letters and pictures and all the support you offer to all the troops.

Thank you again for your support and thinking of us,
Larry


07 Mar 2013, X
From: email Address
Greetings,
We are an advisory unit that travels out to remote locations frequently. There is not a PX available to us to purchase comfort items. There isnt any breakfast service due to FOB closings.
Breakfast items are the big items that we are looking for, ie; coffee, coffee creamer, oatmeal, etc., But anything that is sent is very much appreciated.

Thank you for all you do,
SSG Larry H. Parker,
IN BN, FOB ORGUN-E


05 March 2013, 01:28:35 PDT
From: matthew.kockx@afghan.swa.army.mil
Si!
Just wanted to say thank you for the packages that you sent.
I was reading your letter and saw some items that I could really put to good use out here : Summer bootsocks size L, Short sleeve shirts XL, Bug spray ,Tan head beanies ,Black gloves ,Batteries, Led flashlights,Cigarettes (lights),Tuna, Canned Chef Boyardee, Ez mac.
It’s people like you that really make things easier for us over here.

From the bottom of my heart thank you,
Matthew J. Kockx,SSG, U.S. Army,
43d Sustainment Brigade (CMRE).Kandahar Airfield (KAF), Afghanistan


28 February 2013
We have been here for 2 months and the FOB is running out of food( either because of logistical problems, FOB closure, or hostile intent toward trucks). Water is another problem as for some reason our DFAC Is the only supply of water. All of our water drop-offs have been dry for days now and there is no word of resupply anytime soon.
What we need right now is food to last daily until dinner chow.Also any drinks would be most welcome.
We look forward to your continuing support with food and drinks to support our mission.

SPC Matthew King,
FOB ARYAN, Afghanistan


2/28/2013:FROM MATTHEW KING, 28 February 2013, X
This FOB is closing down and lots of things the soldiers need are lacking. Due to the dwindling food supply at this base. We need food, tuna, cereal, granola, and Chef Boy-ar-dee. Anything you send will be put to good use.

Thanks for the support,
SPC Andrew Schwanger, TF
1-101 No Mercy,FOB SALERNO


27 February 2013, X
From: email Address
Salutation
We are short on supplies and anything you can send us we will really appreciate. Especially any food and snack items.

SGT ZACHARY KETCHUM, USMC


27 February 2013, 01:38:10 PST
From: michael.j.morley@afghan.swa.army.mil
On behalf of the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion Soldiers I want to thank you for your care package and support. The items in packages are well received by the Soldiers. It really raises the morale of the Soldiers when we get care packages. It’s patriots like yourselves that keep our country the best in the world. Thank you again for support and packages.

God Bless,
SFC Michael Morley,
519th MI BN, Operation NCOIC


27 February 20132, X
Thank you for your great support. We have been really busy out here and couldn’t do it without your support. Its good to know there are good people who still realize the war is going on and continue to send us stuff. We always look forward to the packages so please keep them coming.
Food is wanted as the contract with the DEFAC has ended and will not be renewed so there isn’t much food out here other than what we get from the care packages.

Thanks again for all you have done.
Sgt Richard Chandler,
Delta Co, 1-101 AVN, FOB Salerno, Afghanistan


26 February 2013, 22:03:36 PST
From: tannerlnbrg@hotmail.com
Hello Si,
I got your box the other day, I would like to thank you VERY much. The packages we get are ALWAYS appreciated very much! For the most part we are good on a lot of things but there are a few that would be nice. Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor’s are definitely on the list of things that we need! Other things that would be nice include, air fresheners, beef jerky, cheese crackers, Chef Boy-ar-dee, and canned fruit, well and a cigar or two haha.
I would like to say again thank you for what you guys do! We all liked the letters with the picture also!

Semper Fi,
Tanner Ellenberg,
96th ASB 101 CAB,FOB SHANK, Afghanistan


25 February 2013, 20:43:31 PST
From: tyler.rokey@us.army.mil
Hello Sonny,
Sorry it took me so long to write back. things are kind of crazy here. I really appreciate the package. Tell everyone involved thanks. I also want to thank you for what you have done for your Country. It really hard to be away for so long and this is my 2nd time doing this. My First time was to Iraq.

Thanks again.
SGT Tyler Rokey


16 February 2013, 05:07:47 PST
From: John.Tedder@afg.usmc.mil
Salutation
From all of us in Afghanistan, thank you so much for the care package. It is always warming to our hearts to know we have support from back in the states.
This deployment is the first for a lot of my Marines. It will be a challenge for all but with your support, it will ease the stress of everyday life out here. This is number eight for me, and it’s still not an easy transition.
I have been a sponsor for my Marines, for the last four of my deployments and the support we get is truly amazing. Thank you! There is nothing wasted out here, all surplus is boxed up and flown out to the Marines in the field.
I take great pleasure in flying the surplus to our brothers and sister less fortunate. I am a tail gunner on the CH53E, one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve done in the Marines yet. Our mission is Heavy lift, we move a lot of personnel as well as gear to the guys in the field. Don’t get me wrong, we are all in the field, some just have it better than others.
So a little about me, I have been doing this amazing job for eighteen years now and I love every minute of it….ok not every minute!! Truly it’s a great job with many skills to be acquired. We can’t thank you guys enough for your support, you truly are our #1 FANS!!
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Semper Fi,
Gunny T.


07 February 2013, 01:42:27 PST
From: thurman.purdiman@afg.usmc.mil
Sonny,
First let me take the time to thank you for your Service to this great Country of ours and for your support of those of us still in uniform. You are always a U.S. Marine. There are no former Marines.
I received a box from you out here in Delaram, Afghanistan. My unit has been out here for the past 4 months and still have 8 more to get past before we are finally back home with our loved ones.
We are all from Camp Lejeune, NC. We are part of an Advisor team tasked with providing assistance and training to Afghan Soldiers so that they may ensure this area is secure upon our departure. We have our good days and our bad days but mostly the good ones.
I will take the time to mention that our unit could benefit from several items you have listed in your printout. General use: All of the items listed. And for Winter Special green boot socks, Long sleeve T-shirts from Medium to X-large, Sweatshirts the same sizes. Snacks would include Cigarettes, Cigars, vitamins, and gummy bears.
Thanks again for supporting those of us still in the field.
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Respectfully,
GySgt Thurman Purdiman Jr,RCSW
4-215 BDE AT


03 February 2013, 06:52:08 PST
From: villarreal.arnulfo@gmail.com
Hello Sonny,
I want to start by thanking you so much for your care package. It really meant a lot and helped out morale. I wrote you a letter, but I wanted to send you an email as well since this will get to you faster. Everything you sent was greatly appreciated by my fellow brothers and myself included.
It means a lot to us to know that we are appreciated by the very people we swore to defend. I would also like to thank you so much for your own service way back when. Without you, we wouldn’t have this great country to defend.
I must say it, thank you once again! Everyone is grateful for your contribution.

Have a good day and may God bless you.
Arnie


01 February 2013, 21:26:10 PST
From: robert_cotter@hotmail.com
Mr. Tenenberg,
Hello, my name is SPC Robert Cotter. I am serving in southern Afghanistan and just received a package from you. I wanted to start by saying that this was the most comprehensive and amazing package I have ever received. You are good! It made my day even more than usual because I had just come off a rainy and cold guard shift protected our ECP. To come back to my room and see that package on my bed was amazing. I am actually wearing a pair of the socks you sent right now.
Since you sent so many great products, I gave a majority of the items to other guys that don’t get many packages. But the socks I had to hold on to, haha.
We are on a small COP in a rural part of Afghanistan It has been quiet so far we are thinking because of the weather. It is warming up quickly, earlier than expected. We are all hoping for the fighting season to start early this year so we can finish the fight and our children will not have to return to this place.
I read the letters enclosed in the box and wanted to thank each and every one of you that was involved in the process. It is a great feeling to know we have support from our families and great americans like yourselves.. Also a huge thanks to the First Baptist Church of San Luis Obispo. The guys and I thank you again for what you all do and please know that these packages go along way for morale not to mention keeping our feet warm.

SPC Robert Cotter


17 January 2013, 03:12:21 PST
From: edward.newton2@gmail.com
Hello Si, Marilyn, and Charlie,
I am writing this letter because I have received care packages from you. I want to make sure you know that I am really, truly thankful for you and your kindness to myself and fellow soldiers. Each member of my team is extremely grateful for your outpouring of kindness and support of us. It is because of people like you that we gladly sacrifice our time and selflessly serve our great nation.I apologize for not getting back to you sooner, we are just super busy working 14 hour days 7 days a week right now.
The items you have sent have been distributed to our team, who have expressed much gratitude. We are all humbled that someone like yourself would so readily spend hard earned dollars and take the time to care about us. You are a great example of why we have the greatest nation on earth. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything! If you would like to correspond via email, please feel free to email me anytime at: edward.newton2@gmail.com I will do my best to respond in a timely manner.

Sincerely,
SSG Edward Newton,Recon Mentor
S-6/EWO


11 January 2013
From: email Address
Dear Supporters,
Happy New Year! Sorry for the long delay in writing back. The team has been extremely busy since the week before Thanksgiving. As I mentioned months ago, the team’s primary focus is on recruiting and training local village police in the districts. Over the past few months we have made significant progress in our province but as you might imagine, this progress has angered and emboldened many locals who actively support one of the many insurgent groups.
Over the past two months the team has received reports from the Afghan government that locals were claiming that we (the Team) had committed outrageous atrocities against them. These allegations were all over the place, from abuse to summary executions and not once did the accusers produce any evidence. As I am sure you could imagine, these allegations are taken seriously at all levels and we have been busy detailing our activities, highlighting that many of the accused victims were detained and controlled by Afghan forces and pointing out that the accusers are all anti-coalition or pro-insurgency. Insurgency most definitely involves war by political means.
It hasn’t all been bad news, though. Now that we have successfully dealt with the allegation nonsense we are finally starting to see some real progress in regard to recruiting local police. We are currently finalizing plans to process, train and equip several new classes.
On behalf of the team I would like to thank you for your generous support over the holidays. I think the team received over 30 boxes of treats and snacks that were much appreciated. Over the next week I will be writing as many of you as time permits in order to thank you personally.
Currently we are experiencing our 3rd snow fall of the season. We received about 10 inches the day after Thanksgiving, followed by 2 feet a month later on the 27th. Most of the team was lulled in to a false sense of security by the slightly warmer December days but reality has intervened in the form of sub-zero January nights. During the day the sun has been slightly melting the snow on all of the inclines of the camp, which of course, turns in to a slick at night. Having been to Norway on deployment, many of us have prepared for this by wearing ice-trekkers everywhere.

In closing,I again thank you for your continued support.
Jim Glover,
USMC Provincal Team, Afghanistan


09 January 2013, 03:30:26 PST
From: sipiboi24@yahoo.com
Dear Si (Sonny) Tenenberg,
I just wanted to take time out to thank you for the care packages. It means so much to see that people really care about the troops. My Soldiers enjoyed everything that you sent us. I wish that I could do more than just this email, because words could not express the way you made my troops feel.

Again, I just want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart, and just know that your graciousness is forever in our hearts.

25 September 2012, 05:11:09 PDT
Email: jimmy.powell8@gmail.com
Hello Si,
I want to first thank you for your packages.We don’t have a lot of down time but when i get the chance (about once every 2 or 3 weeks) I like to sit down and thank you all for supporting us.
The boxes hold the equivalency to a mini Christmas. We are just a bunch of normal guys with a rather unusual job. We laugh and joke and make the best of the worst.

Watch that incoming
Jimmy


24 September 2012, 11:00:11 PDT
Email: steven.m.santucci@us.army.mil
Marine Tenenberg,
It is part of my responsibility to stay in touch with the great Americans that contribute their time and energy to us.
I have to share that when the packages come, it is somewhat like christmas for us. Most of the men that I work with huddle around waiting for the piñata to open so that they can push their way to the treats that wait. It is somewhat comical to see these grown Special Forces Sergeants, if only you could envision it.
We have had a few rough ones since our last email, thankfully the big guy keeps a close eye on us, but the hairline keeps working its way further and further back on my head.
All of the green on blue attacks make for a very stressful and exhausting day for both us and our Afghan partners due to the quiet mis-trust within the ranks. Being engaged with the enemy is a time when we really need to depend on each other to watch our 6’oclock. We are working through it thought together, it just takes time.
As you can see.. our humor is what keeps us sane over here and I ensure that the teams health is monitored by their ability to retain a certain degree of it during the roughest of times.

Until next time, have a good one and thank you for your service.
CPT Steve Santucci,Detachment Commander
Location or unit


21 September 2012,
Email: email Address
Salutation
My name is Michael Moad, and I am the Commander of my team here again in Afghanistan.
This time, my team is located in an austere environment, where we are living day-to-day with the limited supplies we have on-hand. We are currently without running water, but we live under a hardstand structure when we aren’t patrolling day and/or night.
We conduct multi-day patrols, live amongst the populace and live, work, and sleep alongside our Afghan partners. The supply chain is erratic at best, simply because we are located in such a hostile area. Therefore, we have to purchase local goods from the village bazaar to keep from eating MREs for our entire deployment.
Surprisingly, we do have electricity, but it is infrequent and subject to the generator’s maintenance and fuel supply. Our contact is reliant upon the generators as well, so our outlet to the outside world and home is often sketchy.
Thank you for the time and effort you put into your operation. We really appreciate the help you provide in the way of ‘non-essential’ essentials.


20 September 2012, X
The PX and the DFAC were both blown up so supplies are limited.. Personal hygiene items are super important! We are a platoon of both females and males.
We are busy closing down one FOB and moving to another. Living is pretty rough right now without a dining facility. Any sort of food or snacks would be greatly appreciated as MREs get pretty old after 15 or so days.
We should be up and re-established at our new FOB shortly.

SGT Stephanie Payne


20 September 2012, X
Email: 1LT Matthew Plummer
We have settled in our new Operating Environment (OE) slowly but surely.
In the first month here we took several casualties to include a good friend and fellow Platoon Leader and one of my Squad Leaders. This area is currently the most kinetic area in Afghanistan. The population is dense with noncombatants, which makes for a big gray area between good guys and bad guys.
Not only is there a high threat of Taliban, we are also encountering just the average criminal. We are making very good headway in the area with a brand new security program. We have established Afghan Local Police (ALP) throughout our OE that have improved security dramatically.
This, however, brings us into a question of corruption and how much is acceptable. This is a very sensitive area that can be effected by the smallest of events so we are learning how to walk on egg shells.
This is an asymmetric war. It doesn’t matter how many fire fights we win because there will just be more fighters in the morning. The real challenge lies in the thoughts and ideas of the locals. Trying to show that there more to be gained through peace and acceptance.
My platoon recently opened a school in a region that has not seen a school since Russian occupation. There were over 200 children on the first day to include many little girls. This will be the first time girls will be allowed to go to school. The only thing my platoon asks for is for this system to work once we leave.
Thanks to everyone that continues to show us support. We only get a mail drop once a month here and very limited computer access.

1LT Matthew Plummer


14 September 2012, X
Email: Roberto ALaniz,- U. S. Army ,Afghanistan
Mr. Tenenberg,
We are 3rd Plt A Troop 1/4 Cav out of Ft Riley Kansas.
During this deployment we have moved a couple of times in the past 3 months but are finally settled on our COP. We live in small concrete rooms on cots. Our roofs leak when it rains, and soon we will be moving to tents that will not have heat. The winter can be pretty harsh here I’ve heard.
Hand, feet and body warmers would be great. Also, any fleece or warm blankets will help keep us warm when we sleep. I’ve heard from the unit we replaced that helicopters can’t get in during the winter because of the snow, so last year they ran out of food. Please send us some food now so we can stock up before the snows come.
Mail has been a little slow here so a lot of my guys aren’t getting many packages and really could use a lift. Thanks in advance for any help and time put into helping us out.

Roberto


09 September 2012, 07:46:45 PDT
Email: andrewdjay@aol.com
Sonny,
I just wanted to send you a quick/short email thanking you for your care package.
It means the world to us knowing that Americans back home are still thinking about us after all these years. Your generosity and patriotism are what keep us going over here when things get hard.
It is truely our pleasure to be here, fighting the good fight, in your honor, the good people of the United States. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for everything.

Sincerely,
SGT. Andrew Jay


07 September 2012, 23:51:28 PDT
Email: kristopher.m.wilcox@afghan.swa.army.mil
Mr. Tenenberg-
I recently received a care package from you and would like to thank you
for taking the time to support and help take care of Soldiers overseas. Its contents were put to good use and shared among my fellow Soldiers.
In a location were comfort items and necessities are scarce it is nice to have the support of people like you who are back home.
Our unit has about 20 people. In response to the items you have available, I listed the items that would be useful for us. Socks ,T-Shirts,Foot Care Products, Hand Sanitizer, Gloves, Blankets, Dried Fruit, Beef Jerky.
Again, thank you very much for your support of the Soldiers deployed overseas.

Kristopher


07 September 2012, 22:46:44 PDT
Email: phillip.hart@afghan.swa.army.mil
Hello Sonny,
My name is SFC Phillip Hart and I received one of your packages here in
Afghanistan. First of all thanks a bunch for the packages. It really brightens our days when we get mail here.
I’m stationed out in the South Eastern part of Afghanistan on a small outpost with my team of 11 others. We don’t have the facilities that others have so things are in need. Some of the things, we need would be laundry detergent, foot spray, tan T-shirts and the green socks. Snacks would be a plus because the meals out here are not really to be desired,
Whatever your heart desires to send would be much appreciated. Thank you much for the love and support that you guys show all the military members over here. Believe it or not, you never realize what you have until you see the way
that the families live over here.

Thanks again,
SFC Phillip Hart
(Torque 7),SFAAT Team 2


06 September 2012
Email: chuckmccluck@hotmail.com
My name is SPC Medina and I am in the California Army National Guard. My unit 132nd MRBC just received some care packages here at Camp Leatherneck Afghanistan and I wanted to say thank you.
We really appreciate the support and knowing people care makes the job that much easier and rewarding.

Thanks again.
Chuck
132nd MRBC, California Army National Guard


02 September 2012, 03:56:30PST
Email: ghittob@yahoo.com
Hey, how you doing?
I received your package today and it changed my whole day. TIhe convoy trucks came to deliver the mail and I didn’t even bother to go to see if I had mail because I don’t usually receive mail.
When I got your package I was just so happy. May god bless you. When a soldier receive mail in Afghanistan that minute nothing can change his or her day I felt loved and felt like I wasn’t forgotten.
I don’t know how much more to thank you I hope god bless you for helping me this package means everything to me.

thank you.
Ghitto Bonhomme


15 August 2012, 11:19:31 PDT
Our advisory team is about done with deployment. We greatly appreciate your support.
Your aid was not in vain for we, the coalition forces, do make a difference out here, now and for generations to come. We just got back from a patrol and did get contact.
And I am so grateful to be with these guys who were still enthusiastic and motivated coming back to base. Thank you very much.

Sincerely,
HM1(FMF/SW) Manuel, Eric R. USN,
2Bn/5Mar Senior Medical Advisor


13 August 2012, 12:42:13 PDT
Email: jtjustinjt@yahoo.com
Hello,
I am SGT Thompson, Justin. I got one of your letters in a care package recently. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a letter and support us while deployed. Also, thank you for your service to our country.
There are a few items on your list that would really help if you were able to send them. Green socks and short sleeve shirts (L) are always in need, especially out here. Again, Thank you for going out of your way to help us while deployed.
Whether the soldiers out here show it or not, we really do appreciate everything we receive.

SGT Thompson, Justin,
102nd Sapper Co


12 August 2012, 11:36:34 PDT
Email: grady.lowe@us.army.mil
I wanted to take a few moments to send you a note saying thank you for the most recent package that you sent. I received it on Friday the 10th of August and cannot tell you the appreciation I have for you and your continued selfless service to my team and other deployed veterans. I know at times it may seem like the little things you do are unimportant, however let me assure you they are far from it.
As I have stated previously, mail always brings up morale and the timing of your package could not have been better. The days before receiving your package have been pretty brutal here and the mood was very solemn. Well, that is precisely when your package came in and I cannot explain the sense of excitement as we opened it and passed around beef jerky, Pringles chips, Junior Mints and other snacks your care package contained. The morale was instantly up, and the entire mood changed. For a a little while things went back to normal and we temporarily escaped reality and the after effects of the previous days events.
Bottom line Sir, I do not tell you that story for sympathy but to provide example and assure you that what you are doing is important. Little things like that touch so many Soldiers over here and our thanks can not be measured in words.
I only talked about the snacks above but assure you other materials were quickly distributed as well. We are on a Small Outpost without a PX so demand is always high.

Thanks Again,
Grady D. Lowe, Maj,
Fa,Jrtc Ops Group (Airborne),Occp Laghman (Sfat)


10 August 2012, 09:30:10 PDT
Email: christopher.buch@hotmail.com
Si,Semper Fidelis and thank you!
Today I received your package and I cannot thank you enough. I want you to know how much I and all the Marines from 2/10 Echo Battery appreciate what you do not only for us, but for all the troops overseas. We all volunteered for this, and I can personally say, I do this for all of you.
This is my 5th deployment and it’s great to know we still have the support, thoughts, prayers, from so many like all of you. We are getting ready to be relieved soon, so I will be sure to pass on your contact information so those that follow us can let you know if they need anything.
I’m looking forward to wearing some good socks tomorrow. Know that there wasn’t anything in the package my Marines didn’t need, or couldn’t use.
We are on the home stretch of our deployment and we all look forward to getting home soon. God bless you all.

And from all of my Marines, thank you.
Christopher Buch,Sgt/USMC,
2d Battalion 10th Marines, Helmand Province, AFG


01 August 2012, 02:37:30 PDT
Email: charles.smith86@us.army.mil
Sir,
On behalf of myself and my team we would like to thank you for all the items you sent. Your package is the first we have recieved from a fellow veteran.
This is my second deployment. First was Iraq in 2008-2009 now Afghanistan. This is my Soldiers first deployment but their adjusting nicely.
We appreciate all the time and effort you put into servicing the troops. You provide an honorable service that makes being deployed to a war zone more bearable.

thank you,
SGT Smith and Team


22 July 2012, 0240:19, PDT
Email: israel.salgado@afghan.swa.army.mil
Mr Tenenberg (Golftank),
Thank you for the care package you sent. The Soldiers of my unit and I certainly express our deepest gratitude.
I thank you for your service as a Marine (Semper Fi). I gave the Marine Corps the best 4 years of my life (1990-1994) and they gave me a lifetime of memories. Again thank you and the rest of the congregation for the package.

In your service,
1LT Salgado, Israel,
1st TSC (CMRE) 593rd CLS V OIC


20 July 2012, 0709:00, PDT
Email: matthew.f.quinn@afghan.swa.army.mil
Mr. Tenenberg,
Thank you so much for the care package! Receiving mail is definitely the highlight of any day, especially for my troops who are on their first deployment.
It’s great to know there are still people supporting us from back home. Attached is a photo of me tipping my cup of coffee to you as a sign of gratitude.

Thanks again!
Matthew F. Quinn, Major, US Army
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Kandahar, Afghanistan


20 July 2012, 0531:23, PDT
Email: sonny_dur1@yahoo.com
Salutation
Hello my name is SGT Eugene. Just wanted to say thanks for the package and I really appreciate what you are doing. Supporters like yourself really help us find the motivation to continue our mission to win this war and reurn all soldiers home.


17 July 2012, 0408:54, PDT
email: benzgut78@gmail.com
Mr. Tenenberg,
We can’t thank you enough for your recent care package and all that you have done in supporting us. People (Even soldiers) take the little things for granted– until they find themselves living in uncomfortable conditions.
Please know how much you’ve helped our soldiers morale and how much we all appreciate it. WE ALL THANK YOU for your generosity and for taking personal time to support us.  It’s great to receive the little pieces of home when we are so far from it.

God Bless,
SSG Gutierrez, Benjamin and the HQ’s gang
Bravo Battery, 2-32 Field Artillery


15 July 2012, 0409:08, PDT
Email: h.camachobustos@us.army.mil
Hello Sonny,
First and foremost we want to say thank you for your support. It is nice to hear that we still have people that support the military.
I received your package and I passed it around to the platoon. We appriciate everything that you and your support group has done for us. Anything that we get during our tour makes our live more bearable and it makes us happy. When soldiers get care packages its like a kid in a candy store. Thank you again and can you let your support group know that we greatly appreciate their efforts!

Semper Fi,
SGT Camacho, Hilario
B. Co. 2D BSB 2-2 SBCT, FOB AZIZZULAH,OEF


14 July 2012, 2203:15, PDT
Email: golf4rt@yahoo.com
Salutation
Just a quick line to let you know that the platoon recieved your care package. It is always good to know that people still support out troops and are still praying for the soldiers over seas.
As the Platoon Sergeant I always try to give the items in the packages out to those who need it, and in return we like to try to give something back.
Attached is our latest platoon photo taken on the 4th of July.

Thank you again for all your support.
SFC Harris (Bandit White 4)


11 July 2012, X
Si
Thank you for all of your support. We appreciate everything you do for us. Hope you had a good July 4th. We had duty that day.
t’s 135 degrees today and only getting hotter. I’m writing because the internet doesn’t work well during this high heat.

SPC Mike Tyler


04 July 2012, X
Sonny,
Thank you for the care package. The living conditions here are rough. We live in wooden sheds with no air conditioning. We have intermittent electrictiy via a generator, 110 watt. We handwash our laundry. We eat MREs or UGRs for every meal.
We do have some hot plates and coffee makers. There is no PX/chow hall here. Marines only access to goods is through care packages.
We are a Police Advisor Team.

Thanks again,
1LT Mark Robinson, USMC


24 June 2012, 0141:26 PDT
Email: guinness386@aim.com
Dear Sonny,
I would like to thank you for the care package. Since we don’t have a PX or any kind of store, the guys and myself really enjoyed what you put in there. We also liked the letters from the students that were included. It’s nice to know that the American people still care about us over here, regardless of the politics behind it.
The CO and myself are from proud Italian descent, and we really enjoyed the Genoa salami, that really reminded us of home.
Everything in the package is very much appreciated, including the socks. Socks are very important, I’m sure a lot of the guys have enough of them but myself being the senior medic its nice to have some extra pairs when on patrol so guys can change them out and keep their feet healthy.
We’re an infantry company on our FOB and there’s no females here, but razors are razors, and wipes are wipes.

Thanks again.


23 June 2012, 1849:32 PDT
Si,
Thanks so much for the package, it was a great suprise and the items were great. They were scavenged by my squad within minutes of arrival and they and wanted me to make sure I tell you thanks from all of them, I’m wearing some of the socks now.
It is awesome that you do this for soldiers. It means alot to us to recieve mail, its pretty much all we look forward too. So I guess if you send another package to us our request would be some boxers lrg, laundry soap, air freshners, and sweartshirts.
Sounds like were outta clothes and canned stink.
Well, thanks again Si.
Much love ,

SGT Methner, Rupert
C Company Medics


22 June 2012, 2352:09 PDT
Email: andrewnayres@hotmail.com
Si,
Hello from Afghanistan! Thank you so much for the care package that we received yesterday. It was a real blessing to see Soldiers receive many of the items that they were in need of.
Most of the men that I serve with live in conditions that do not permit them to go and purchase day to day necessities when they run out. Needless to say, many rely upon care packages and the distribution of what is inside.
It is truly humbling to be blessed by someone’s generosity.

Thank you and Blessings,
Andrew Ayres (Chaplain)


10 June 2012, 0910:39 PDT
Email: troy.hardy@afghan.swa.army.
Dear Mr. Tenenberg,
My name is SFC Troy Hardy with the DHHB, 1st INF DIV, FT Riley, KS. I’m a Military Police assigned to FOB Gamberi in Southeastern Afghanistan.
I would like to first start by thanking You and The others for your kind support of giving to the soldiers here in Afghanistan. The world would be a lot better if more people like you show how much they care for one another. My soldiers and I greatly appreciate everything you are doing and continue to do for our Country, our MWD (Military Working Dogs) and the Afghan children.
You started this with one book and look what you have achieved!

God Bless You and All Those That Help Make This Possible
SFC Hardy, Troy
DHHB, 1st INF DIV


09 June 2021, 0516.12 PST
Email: mark.j.grant@afghan.swa.army.mil
Dear Mr Tenenberg,
Just wanted to take moment to thank you for all your support and kindness. We have received your package and have distributed it to soldiers in our Troop. It truly brightens a soldier’s day and contributes to the morale during our long deployment.
This is our 2nd Deployment outside in support of the war on terror. Our soldiers come from across the State of Michigan with many of them on their 3rd and 4th Deployments. Your packages often serve to bring a little bit of home and comfort to them on these long stays away from family.
We are assigned to Shah-Wali-Kot district of Kandahar Province of Southern Afghanistan. The majority of our daily routine is centered on patrols with our Afghan Army and Police partners to local villages. Our area is rather remote, with no electricity. Generally the people are pretty friendly, but after nearly three decades of conflict, they are weary and pessimistic about the future of this country.
We do what we can to make their lives a little better, building wells, improving roads, and teaching them skills to stimulate the economy.
Again, thank you for all your support and kindness.

Sincerely,
CPT Mark Grant
C-Trp 1-126th


08 June 2012
Dear Si,
Hello and God Bless you for your generosity. Battle Co. 1-28 a bataillon of the Big Red One out of Fort Riley are blessed with your interest.
With that said we do not have access to a PX and as a PLT medic it is frustrating to not have some of the daily medical items for things like sore and strained muscles Athletes Foot, Etc. Take my word on it, humping up and down these mountains everyday in full ‘battle rattle’ takes its toll.
Also it is nice to have music of the christian nature for those who are of that faith.
Thank you very much for your support as we are daily placing life and limb on the line for the wonderful and incompairable cause of freedom and the American way of life.

God Bless all of you.
SPC Jessie Venable


06 June 2012, 2010:21 PDT
Email: zcolburn75@gmail.com
Mr. Tenenberg,
I am SFC Zachery L. Colburn Sr., I would like to say thank you from myself and my Soldiers. We greatly appreciated the package you sent.
It makes me proud to serve, when I know there are still a few out there that really care about the soldiers!

God Bless you and your family,
Zach
Soldiers of A Btry 5th Btn 3rd FAR.


13 May 2012
Si,
First I want to thank you for the outstanding support and assistence for everyone of us overseas.
We are a detatchment from Fort Lewis WA in 5-3 FA, we have soldiers in the unit spread across multiple FOB’s and COP’s in Afghanistan. Allmost all of which don’t have the luxury of attaining toiletries and snacks.
Due to the supply chain being slowed down to border closures in Pakistan, most FOB exchanges have bare shelves.
The soldiers that I am requesting for are lower enlisted soldier and it is there first deployment. If we could recieve any type of support it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again.


12 May 2012
lo, Si,
I received your care package and let me tell you it did very much good for us here.
We are on a very small outpost and have no amenities. Anything we get is sent to us. I want to thank you very much for what you have done. It is people like you that give me my reason for fighting. You make me proud to be an American/American Soldier.
Your myoplex protein and King of the cage dvd was a big hit. We love the MMA/UFC stuff. Once again I want to tell you how much we greatly appreciate what your doing for us and know that nothing you sent us went to waste.

Thank you very much sir.


11 May 2012, 0900:39 PDT
Email: franksnow4321@yahoo.com
Hello,
Thank You for your support of us troops. You have no idea how greatful we are to recieve packages in support of us from people we dont even know 🙂 It reminds us that there are still people in America that appreciate the sacrifices we make on a daily basis.
We currently are stationed on a combat outpost for the next 9 months in RC East Afghanistan. For the first few months we were without running water, But by the grace of God we recently got it fixed. Its far from clean but we can rinse off in it.

Thanks again,
Tom Shann
RC East Afghanistan


10 May 2012,0103:04 PDT
Email: donald.miner@afg.usmc.mil
Si,
I would like to thank you for the box of goodies that you sent.  I have a team of 9 others in my section that I shared the items with. We are very thankful that you took a few moments out of your day to think of those overseas fighting the war.
We are VMA-211 “Wake Island Avengers” over here in Kandahar, Afghanistan, providing Close Air Support for the ground troops. This deployment could be worse, but is dangerous here none the less, have to carry loaded weapons at all times and we get rocketed quit often.

Thanks again for the support and thank you for yours service
GySgt Miner, D. W.,
VMA-211 (FWD)


07 May 2012, 0130:39 PDT
Email: brad.fabian@us.army.mil
Mr. Tenenberg,
I am currently deployed to Afghanistan and the team I’m working with received one of your care packages the other day.
Even though I am currently serving in the Army’s 87nd Airborne, I started my military career in Dec 29, 1999 at Paris Island. I spent 7 1/2 years in the Marine Corps . In 2006 I joined the Army as a commo guy. I deployed once as a Marine to the Al Anbar Province in Iraq and then twice more to the same area in Iraq as a soldier. I’m currently on my 4th deployment and try to use my experience to help the younger soldiers get by.
We don’t have much out here but more than others. It’s times like this that remind me of the quote “We the unwilling, led by the ungrateful, are doing the impossible. We’ve done so much for so long, with so little, that we are now qualified to do anything with nothing”.
So from the 1st BSTN JNN 2 Team and from one Marine to another Thank you and Semper fidelis.
I’m not entrely sure what a ‘former marine’ is. I was always told that it’s a title you carry with you until the day you die and even then you’re still known as a Marine. I tell people that I’m just a Marine that works for the Army now.

Respectfully,
SGT Fabian, Brad,
82nd Airborne 1st BCT


13 April 2012 0700:19 PDT
Email: six4stallion@gmail.com
Sonny,
I don’t have much time as I just got off a mission and have another one coming up soon, so its time for chow and off to sleep. I just wanted to take a moment to show my appreciation for the care package as well as the kind note!
I can’t explain to you how uplifting it is to know that people care and show their support to us! You are one awesome person. You have definitely made my day and put a smile on my face when I didnt think that was possible!
Your prayers are appreciated as fighting season has arrived. Have an awesome day and once again,

thank you!
JMAX


11 April 2012
greetings,
I am in charge of a squad of infantrymen and am writing to represent them We currently live in Alaskan style tents that have 110 watt electricity. Up until yesterday, we had no AC or heat. Now we have intermittent AC service, depending on the generator at our location. It likes to turn off at least once a day.
We were supposed to have showers and laundry services, but the generator that ran them has yet to work. So for the last two months we have been using water bottles and baby wipes for showers and laundry.
We have no cooking capabilities for ourselves, but we occasionally trade with some of the local army to get some cooked local food. The little luxuries are what make bad conditions bearable.
All my guys are still ok so far (Although we did have one miraculously close call) and, god willing, they will remain so for the remainder of this excursion.
Every bit of help we get is a blessing from the good folks back home like you.

Thank you,
SPC Randal Charles Bachle


07 April 2012
Email: email Address
Mr Tenenberg,
We live in small wooden shacks with barely any room to breath. Everything is either dirt or mud when it rains. We’re at a base up north. We have running water but it’s pretty dirty and non drinkable. We use water bottles for most everything.
The laundry here sucks, We’ll probably end up washing our own clothes since a lot of things end up “missing” after we take our laundry in to wash. The store here also sucks and most of the time you can’t find the things you need.
We snatched up a coffee machine but don’t have any coffee to use, so coffee and coffee supplies would be great!
Thank you so much for all the help.

Sincerely,
Sgt Brandon Miller


06 April 2012
Dear Sonny,
I am deployed again and this time it is to the land not so plentiful.
I just got to my final home and life is bleek. Nothing is avalible here unless you want to pay outrageous prices at the local shop that set up right outside our gate.
Day one a small bottle of body wash was 4 dollars, day 5 the price doubled to 8 dollars.
Also, Tobacco products are valued like gold here because you can’t get ciggerettes or chewing tobacco.
God bless and pray for a good deployment and safe return for all of us over here.

SFC Calen Bullard


05 April 2012 1353:10 PDT
Email: marknbosman@hotmail.com
Sonny,
On behalf of all the Soldiers here at COP Khiligay, a big thank you for the care package, and another big thanks for your service during Korea.
The socks went to one of my “Evil Minions” who is notorious for destroying his socks.
I guessing you were in Iran during the 60s or 70s. Such a shame to see Iran today compared to what it once was.
Thanks again Sonny,

Take care and God Bless.
SGT. Bosman ,
COP Khiligay, Afghanistan


03 April 2012, 0506:04 PDT
Email: jeffery.ivey@afghan.swa.army.mil
Sonny,
We received your care package yesterday.
I am attached to B co 2-5 Infantry in the Chak Valley, Wardak province.  My responsibility is to advise and assist our Afghan National Army Infantry Battalion that shares the battle space with us.
B Company is split between 2 COPs, so I forward about half of the care packages to our sister COP (Chak DC).
Since the hot weather is coming fast, and our ability to do laundry is limited, The socks, shirts, lip balm, bug spray and fly tape would come in handy. What would really help would be drink mixes with a high vitamin count that we could mix in our water (.5 liter bottles).
Thank you so much for remembering us…I think that is the most important thing.

Jeffery Ivey,
SFA 6th Kandak, Dashe Towp


01 April 2012, 0523:09 PDT
Email: cody.ledbetter@us.army.mil
Sonny,
1st squad of the 978th Military Police Company would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We currently have 15 soldiers in our area of operation as they split our platton between Combat outposts, and receiving mail is one of our perks during this combat tour.
We are providing security and conducting joint patrols with the local Afghan army and Afghan local police in search of Taliban as well as roadside bombs. Fighting season has recently started up due to the snow melting so please put my soldiers in your prayers.
It seems our country is losing its appreciation and Patriotism that is once held at such a high level. I am grateful to know there are still individuals like yourself that have the dedication and honor to assist your soldiers in combat.

SGT Cody Lee Ledbetter,
Fob Airborne, Mayden-shar District, Afghanistan


21 March 2012, 12:01:11 PDST
Email: anthony.mccaskill@afghan.swa.army.mil
Greetings from the sand box.
Just wanted to take the time to say thank you for your support,
I can tell by the items that you sent that you were definitely a former marine. It excites the soldiers every time that I come down with a care package, it’s like Christmas. Thank everybody who helped donate.
Tell them it makes a big difference. All we hear about on the news is how bad our people want this war to end and a lot of them are taking it out on the soldiers, so it’s a breath of fresh air to know that we have y’alls support.
If you don’t hear from me don’t think it’s not because we are not grateful, its just that the current mission takes us everywhere.

Once again thank you so much,
Tony McCaskill


17 March 2012
Sonny,
I am a Sargeant in the 82nd Airborne Division 1st Brigade Combat Team. This is my second tour in Afghanistan.
Currently we are lacking PX/BX and require various hygiene products such as shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, sunblock, socks and feminine products. Snacks are also a welcome treat.
But what really hits the spot in my experiance are letters of encouragement from the people in your operation. They always boost morale. One individual even put a picture of himself with his letter and one of my soldiers commented that it was nice to put a face to the words. I think the image reinforced the words written by the individual.
Your work helps aid every soldier in this brigade to accomplish our mission here.

Thank you for your support,
SGT Yi, Chong, “ALL THE WAY”


17 March 2012
We are living on afghan village standards, so very low on food and hygene products.
Some guys need tobacco since we can’t go to a big FOB or base due to our location. Even small toys or something we can give to Afghan kids is appreciated.
Just to know people care is the biggest benefit of your packages.
Thank you so much for the support it does mean a lot!
Sean N. Wurzburg


16 March 2012
My soldiers never complain when we go out for weeks at a time. They never gripe because we only get 20 minutes notice to go out on week long missions, and even though they rarely get decent sleep, they still give 100% effort in everything they do. These guys are some of the best soldiers i’ve had the pleasure to lead.
We have a small post exchange but they dont ever have anything, supplies are always delayed. We live in tents, have [number deleted] guys in one tent and [number deleted] in the other.
We have a chowhall but the nature of our missions make it hard to be here when it is open. We have no cooking ability. so if you send food it needs to be something we can just add water to. We have no access to microwaves, fridges or a freezer.
Most of my guys smoke and chew but the px has not had either of these since we got here, which has been about 3 months.
We have water for drinking but not for daily showers, so baby wipes would be of great use.

Thanks for your help,
SSG Timothy V. Mills


15 March 2012, 07:47:32 PST
Email: mikelang2664@hotmail.com
Si,
I received your care package today – thanks.
Note on the socks – you are right they are the best.

Thanks for your support,
SSG Mike Lang


14 March 2012, 02:32:38 PST
Email: tyffny.c.riordan@afghan.swa.army.mil
Hello Mr. Tenenberg!
I wanted to write you and thank you so much for ALL the goodies! My folks were so excited.
We are a group of Seabees (well, I’m their Corpsman) but we are with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Eleven. I am on det [detached service] while our main body is somewhere else. I actually take care of two different groups of my folks here. They are at different camps.
Due to recent happenings which have been all over the news we are sure life will become a little rough for us in the future but our spirits are high and heads on swivels.
We have only been here about a month and a half. It’s been really cold here but we are hoping it will start to warm up soon.
Again, thanks so much! We are thankful for anything people like you send us. It’s the thought as much as the supplies, and we appreciate those that appreciate us!

God Bless you!
HM1(SCW) Tyffny Riordan
DET 2/4 MEDICAL


13 March 2012, 12:27:44 PST
Email: man_right_cha2000@yahoo.com
Mr. Tenenberg,
I got your box last week and would like to say think you so much for it. It was a huge hit with my guys, they loved every bit of it.
You guys are the best. Just wanted to say thank you again for you taking the time to send us a box.

Semper Fi,
SSG Michael Taylor


07 March 2012, 01:45:46 PST
Email: markedonecandidate@hotmail.com
Hello,
I just want to thank you for your support. We [military] do our job over here, but everyone else back in the states that support the troops do their job as well. Supporters like you and others help to keep the morale up and get supplies to soldiers when it means the most.
Anything you offer is a blessing and every little bit counts. The stuff we don’t use usually ends up going to the out to small OP’s and FOB’s that have a hard time getting supplies.
So again, thank you for all your support and we appreciate everything.

Sincerely,
SPC Joseph Moffitt


06 March 2012, 20:15:05 PST
Email: connorsjaycee@aol.com
Sonny Tenenberg,
Hi my name is Jason Connors I am a warrant officer in the Special Forces serving in Afghanistan and stationed out of Eglin Air Force base, Florida.
I wanted to send you a quick letter thanking you for the care package that you sent to me and my troops. As soldiers we often do not have time to even take care of the daily essentials, but I made it a point to wake up early today to write this thank you. So THANK YOU! I realize you probably do not recieve as many thanks as you deserve for the great stuff you send, but rest assured that my guys are VERY VERY thankful.
You’ll be happy to hear that your package actually reached the front line troops, as I’m sure you were hoping.
It’s people like you that are the reason we do what we do and appreciate the time and effort that you have put into sending us these badly needed supplies.
I hope this letter gets to you in good health.

Thanks again,
WO1 Jason Connors,
Assistant Detachment Commander, 7th Special Forces Group


04 March 2012, 06:25:42 PST
Email: michael.walsh1@afg.usmc.mil
Dear Si,
I would like to thank you for the care package you sent to me in Afghanistan.
The socks are a big help, because a Marine is only as good as his feet. Changing socks is a huge thing out here to avoid getting sores or sometime athletes foot and be hurting on patrols.
We enjoy your support. It makes us proud to defend America knowing we have people back state side who don’t directly know us, but still send us care packages and letters.
I hope all is well in your life and that the future brings you great things in life.

Thank your people for me,
Cpl Michael.P. Walsh
NCOIC [Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge] , FOB EDINBURGH


17 February 2012, 10:44:26 PST
Email: joseph.gibson1@us.army.mil
Si,
Just wanted to drop a line and let you know the socks are awesome. I gave them to the E-4s on the team and they gave rave reviews.

Thanks again,
MSG Joseph Gibson,
C Co 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion


17 February 2012
Si,
We just received your package out here at PB Griffen.
We are a four man advisor team embedded with the Afghan National Army and are the northern most unit in Helmand province.
Our nearest US forces backup is up to five miles away, so every day the team pulls together to get through it.
We’ve been in constant contact with the bad guys since we arrived here. Even on Christmas eve we had to repel an attack on our base.
To stay safe we have started to wear parts of ANA uniforms because if the Taliban knew there were only four Americans here, we wouldn’t last long!

Thanks for taking the time to help,
SSgt Stuart Whitaker,
2/4 Golf,AT5


15 February 2012
Where we are at it is cold right now but in the coming months we hear that it gets HOT, DRY and HOT.
We are told the flies are very obnoxious and the scorpions are our friends because they kill all the rodents.
We have a village close to us that doesn’t seem to like us very much. Still, they often send gifts just to let us know they are there. Sometimes we have to send some back just to acknowledge them.

Thanks!
CW2 Jose Arriola


14 February 2012
Happy Valentines Day [sarcasm]
We are in a small COP [command observation post] with no px or big camp near.
The guys love those healthy snacks because we only get the same old army fatty chow otherwise.
The weather here is cold and we appreciate the warm weather military clothes.

Thank You!
Thomas Madge,
SOTF-EAST [Special Operations Task Force]


12 February 2012, 08:00 PST
Our unit is from Camp Pendleton, California and almost all of the guys in our team are on their fourth combat deployment.
We are in a Special Operations unit and operate in the most austere environments while deployed. We are fairly fortunate but there are life saving pieces of gear that our supply chain cannot acquire.
While conducting combat operations, we are carrying upwards of 125-150 pounds of gear and often times we have to sacrifice certain items due to weight considerations. Ultra-lightweight gear is vital to mission success and guys in the team are spending their own money on the things we desperately need.
We are currently fighting in freezing temperatures for days at a time on little food and even less sleep.
Your assistance is welcomed, it means a lot to everyone over here.

Thank you very much,
SSgt Eric Harmon, USMC


09 February 2012, 02:02:53 PST
Email: nathan.cleary@afg.usmc.mil
greetings,
I am SSgt Cleary, We received your care package, and I want to thank you on behalf of all the Marines here!
Your care package was very thoughtful. The Marines here loved the snacks, protein bars, and hygeine products.
We know that you don’t have to send care packages to Marines a million miles away that you don’t even know. That’s why it’s a huge morale boost here just knowing that we have people back home who care enough about us to show their support.

Thank you!
SSgt Cleary


02 February 2012, 22:55:40 PST
Email: christian.mancheno@us.army.mil
Sonny,
I want to thank you for your generosity towards us. Your kindness meant not only a treat for us but a reminder of why we are here.
Your uncle’s poem has a meaningful message to the people of our country, indeed support is not a sticker on the bumper of a car but a few encouraging letters to a stranger who may face death or injury while protecting freedom and the American way of life.
Actions like yours, the time and effort that you have spent shows us that we are being supported and that we are not fighting alone. Thanks for crying with us, it is not easy to be alone for so long in this dangerous and distant land, I salute your actions and contributions to the people of our nation.

Eternally grateful.
SPC Mancheno
Location or unit


24 January 2012
My PLT [platoon] and I are still out here in Afghanistan. I would like to thank everyone that has supported me and my guys.
As far as update’s go, We are in a very cold area. It averages about 5 to -5°F here. We do have about a foot and a half of snow at the moment.
The guys are enjoying some noodles (Ramen) and they are eating a lot of tuna.

Well I would like to say thanks again for everything you and your outfit has done for me and my PLT.
SFC Earl Ullom


20 January 2012
Si,
First of all, thank you for your support.
I am on a team of [number deleted] Marines located on a smaller base that does not have showers, running water, or hard structures for shelter. We live in tents, sleep on cots, clean with baby wipes and bottled water (if bottled water can be spared) and we have limited power from generators.
We would appreciate items such as baby wipes (Alot of baby wipes, it’s the only way right now to keep clean).

Thank you for your support. Sincerely,
James Bundy


14 January 2012
Mr. Tenenberg,
Let me start by thanking you for supporting my guys, we are currently in very substandard living conditions.
We live in a mud compound that has no running water. We get bottled water dropped to us. We have a wood stove for cooking and to stay warm.
But on the bright side we do have a reliable generator for power.

Once again, thank you for your support.
Joseph Knight


10 January 2012
Hi!
We have no microwave or anything like that and we sleep outside on the ground. It’s really cold at nights so blankets and that sort of thing would be appreciated.

Thank you so much
SSgt Dustin N. Hanson


05 January 2012
Dear Si,
First off, I think this is an awsome thing y’all do for the troops. Many of my fellow marine families are unable to send packages.
It is very cold here and the rainy season is on the way. We are severely under equipped to protect us from the bitter cold.
We need socks and any cold weather gear possible. Also any food would be awsome as the MREs [meals ready to eat] get old pretty fast!
Thank you for taking the time to help us. May god bless you.

Sincerely,
Pfc Hayes, Sean, USMC


03 January 2012
We live under primitive conditions and are forced to deal with insects, weather and boredom.
We have access to campfires during some parts of the day, so we are able to boil water and cook from metal canteen cups. We mainly use this in order to make basic noodle meals and homemade coffee.
We are all proud to be doing what we are doing and my Marines do not mind making sacrifices. Even so, support from people like you back home really gets our spirits up.

This is a letter from a soldier’s mother, his letter is below.
Hi Si,
I’m Charles Merritt’s Aunt Connie. I want to thank you for sending my nephew care packages.
Not only is your generosity appreciated but according to Charles everything you send is perfect. Of course being a Marine you would know what troops want in the field. He went on and on about how your package cheered him up.
Thank you so much for reaching out to him. He is like a son to me and I’m crying while I’m typing this to you knowing I wont see him this Christmas but it makes me feel better that people such as yourself are out there that care.

thanks again
Connie Klein


19 December 2010
Dear Sonny,
I hope this letter finds you in good health.
I want to thank you for all your efforts on behalf of your fellow Soldiers over here. It has truly made a difference for my men and women. It’s very comforting to know that there are Americans out there that really do appreciate what we do over here.
I can let you know that in my unit’s 4 short months here we have made tremendous strides in running the Taliban out of their strongholds and have been able to hand those locations back to the people of Afghanistan. It‚Äôs truly impressive to see people that have been held captive for so long begin to stand up for themselves.
As Christmas approaches all of us here hope that you enjoy this time with family and friends. We are proud to do what we do every day so that others can feel free to enjoy the holidays.

May God bless you and keep you safe too
From the mountain plains of Afghanistan
CW2 Kyle Williams,
Fob Walton


14 December 2010
Sir,
I would like to thank you for your prior service and for the package that you have sent. Everything went very quickly and the soldiers in my platoon loved everything. The hot chocolate and drink mixes were definitely a huge hit. Drinking water definitely gets old after a while, it is nice to have a change of pace.
Our PX here is very limited. Cigarettes and dip go very rapidly and are very limited as to brands/flavors.
The weather here is getting pretty chilly at night, but during the day it feels pretty good, at least for now.
The end of deployment is approaching very rapidly and we are all excited to return home to our families. Four of us have had children while on this deployment, only two of which have been able to make it home in time for the birth.

I want to thank you again for your service and for the gifts that you have sent.
SGT Charles E. King,
1-87 IN S-6 NETOPS NCOIC


13 December 2010
Si,
I Hope I dont Appear Out Of line by requesting a few things.
First off I Have already thanked you for the last package, but I would like to thank you again. It really was a great package, thank you.
I am currently going over your letter and the list of things you can send . Here are the things I could use that you mentioned on your list.I could use a tan head beanie, long sleeve tan tshirt, beef jerky, dried fruit, tuna in water, LOW sugar energy drinks, energy bars, and cigars.
Once again, thank you not only from me but an behalf of anyone who was unable to respond to your generosity, I know they are appreciative and thank you personally. In my mind You’re the real hero, Helping those in need or that are in the depths of misery and BS, etc.

I dont think I can say thank you enough-
PFC Charles Merritt-B.Co 1/2 SCR-
FOB Holland / Tarin Kowt


13 December, 2010
Mr. Tenenberg,
Thank you so much for your package. You have no idea how much it helped and we appreciate your support.
I am a corpsman serving with a surgical unit in Afghanistan. My grandfather served in the Korean War and I would like to thank you for your service as well.
Deployments are what they are but people like you make them so much better.

I would like to say God bless and have a wonderful holiday season.
HN Richardson,
Alpha Surgical Co. (Edi)


20 November 2010
My name is Jason Wright, I am the platoon leader for 3/Fox Co 2-506th IN, 101st ABN. We received one of your packages and I just wanted to thank you for your support; the boys really appreciate it.
Our platoon is located at one of the smaller COPs, very near the border; so we are not able to provide the boys with a lot of the things that the troops at the larger FOBs are accustomed to. We do not have running water or anything like that out here.
We are all doing well and are very proud of the support we receive from back home, especially the WWII, Korea, and Vietnam guys like you.

Once again, thanks for everything,
2LT Jason Wright
3/Fox Co 2-506th IN, 101st ABN


15 November 2010
Dear Si Tenenberg,
Thank you very much for sending that care package to me, I really appreciate it. I am 23 years old and in the United States Army, serving over here at C.O.P. Michigan. Which is in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan, we are located at the Pesch River Valley and we are the last outpost that stands in the way of the Korngal Valley since they have shut the other outpost down in there.
We have been here since about May for this deployment and it has been pretty exciting so far. The Taliban out here are as bad as you would think, we get attacked on a daily basis. They seem to like letting us know that they don’t plan on going anywhere.
Being out here on a C.O.P we don’t have many luxuries. We don’t always get the supplies that we need and end up having to eat MRE’s until a resupply gets in. Going days without being able to shower isn’t fun but there isn’t much you can do if a pump breaks or gets blown up, you just have to suck it up and grab a baby wipe. You get used to living in harsh conditions and adapt to your surroundings, I am glad I am with a bunch of guys that know how to make the best of it and still find the positives out here.
We love care packages and they really keep our spirits high, especially letters letting us know that we are appreciated and not forgotten.

Thank you for all that you have done for the troops and for us-
Tyler Waters


11 November 2010
Sonny,
Thank you very much for your care packages. My soldiers and I really appreciate your generosity.
The 309th MAC is a route clearance company. Our mission is to “Clear” the Way of IEDs for other units. We have several platoons spread out all over the Helmond Providence. We are the only army Route Clearance Company attached to the Marines. So to us the mission is very important.
As you can imagine the mission we have is a dangerous one as well. Our soldiers drive until they find a IED to disarm. There are two ways to do that, before it goes off and when you hit it. The second way is usually how they are found. At least our equipment is built to keep us alive when we hit one. The Marines are not as fortunate with their vehicles.
Happy Veterans Day and Happy (1 Day Late) Marine Corps Birthday!

Respectfully,
1LT Eason,XO,
309th MAC, Camp Leatherneck


10 November 2010
Mr. Tenenberg,
Thank you for your letter and the support you are providing us. It makes us extremely happy knowing that there are people back home who truly appreciate what we do and support us.
Sometimes I watch the news or hear people talking and it can be a little discouraging; it’s always a good thing to know that there are people back home that care.


08 November 2010
Mr. Tenenberg,
My team and I recently received a care package from you. I cannot express to you how much it means to us to have your support. There are two Marines here on my compound, stuck with a bunch of Army SF guys so you can imagine the bantering and teasing that goes on.
When I get such a great package from a Marine and rub in their face what you are doing for us, they have no words to fight back with. By the way, They send their appreciation as well.
Please keep in mind we have a small group out here. We are doing Village Stability Operations in a small village here in Afghanistan. Our days consist of working with the local people, mostly elders, and trying to stabilize the area with education and security. Our men grow their beards out and when we interact with the locals we wear the local clothing. We have a small mud hut we use as a chow hall and have been lucky enough to have power to operate a microwave and refrigerator… when the generator is working!
When we get a few minutes to unwind most of us find ourselves using our recently constructed driving range (two poles with a parachute hanging off it). There are no PX’s near our location. We sometimes get supplies air dropped and on rare occasion they will send trucks. We will appreciate anything you can send.

Thank again. Semper Fi
SSgt Jody Danks/USMC


07 November 2010
Si,
Wanted to take a few minutes to let you know that we have received more of your boxes out here in northwest Afghanistan.
Our Soldiers always look forward to our supporters’ boxes and you happen to be one of those who continue to provide those smiles in their faces, the one who provides hope and shows that people do care.
I can never give enough thanks to great Americans like yourself for taking the time to show our troops that they our public’s support. Everything you send is great and we appreciate everyone that is involved with this great project.
Maybe one day, our paths will cross and get to meet the amazing people behind our troops.

Again, thank you for your support,
1SG RODRIGUEZ, JORGE
7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment
“Ghost Squadron, Ready & Forward”


10 October 2010
Mr Tenenberg
Thank you so much for the package, the socks are awesome. I wore one pair for four days straight and still didn’t get any blisters. We’re doing pretty good here so far. Some days are extremely busy while others couldn’t be more boring. Hope things are going good for you.

Thanks again.
Michael Wiley, FOB Frontenac


06 October 2010
Sonny,
Hi my name is 1SG Hilligoss, I am also a former Marine that is now in the Army (Long story). Thanks for the package, it was really well received by over 60 soldiers here on JCOP Leimbach in Farah province. We are the farthest outpost from anywhere I think. The closest PX to us in Kandahar which is a dangerous 12 hour convoy that is not worth the trip. SO you can see how important people like yourself are to us.
For me, this is the third different campaign in my career, I was in Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom twice, and now Operation Enduring Freedom. So I have a little experience at this deployment thing. By far this place is the worst I have seen out of all those tours. Living conditions are bad and Px’s are nonexistent here. Thank you again for what you are doing for the troops over here and know that you are our Hero for what you do for us.

1SG Hilligoss
FOB Liembach


01 October 2010
Mr. Tenenberg,
I am writing first of all to thank you for your service. It is because of those like yourself and your uncle that we are still free today. I truly believe that your generation of Marines set the standard that we are trying to uphold to this day. We are very humbled by your generosity.
I have read about the Korean War as well as Veitnam and there was nothing pretty about it. What I took away from it was to be thankful for what I have. I feel bad requesting this but I know the Marines would be grateful. If you could send some cigarettes, snuff, socks, and any cold weather gear from small to x-large it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again for what you do, SEMPER FIDELIS
Gunnery Sergeant William B. Denson
1st Battalion 8th Marines, FOB Edinburgh


26 September 2010
Hello Mr. Tenenberg,
Your box came in the mail a few days ago. We want to sincerely thank you for your support and warm thoughts. Each and every one of my soldiers was thrilled to be get some things because of you.
We stillI have four months to go now but through all the rocket and mortar attacks, suicide bombers, IED’s and other hazards – we have only had four people get hurt. No loss of life. Other units have not been so lucky.
My guys and I continue to do our jobs knowing that we have good people at home like you that care. Please accept our thanks and know it is greatly appreciated! God Bless! Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
Proudly serving my country and my countrymen/women-

Sincerely,
SSG Russ Nehmer,TF-10 SFG (A),US ARMY,AFGHANISTAN


16 September 2010
Mr. Tenenberg,
Thank you so much for your care and support. One of my marines shared his care package he received from you recently.  All of the marines enjoyed a little bit out of the box. 🙂 The only thing that all of us request is SOX! We go through them faster than we had expected.
When the winter hits, we could all use gloves, beanies, sweats, and sweaters if you are taking requests. If there is anything that you would like such as Marine Corps related stuff or some kind of trinket from Afghanistan, let me know and I will be more than happy to get it to you.

Thank you again for your support.
Lcpl Crystal Schmalzried


14 September 2010
Dear Mr. Tenenberg,
Thank you so much for your support, you have been showing the troops for many years now. You are truly an awesome dude. My platoon and I really appreciate everything you are doing for us.  We have about 50 guys out here and we are all hurting on tan t-shirts and green socks. Our company is supposed to resupply us with that stuff, but you know how it goes.  Since winter is coming up, the guys were reading your list and we would also love to get some blankets and long johns and insulated gloves and head beanies and sweat shirts.  We could also us razors and soap and tooth brushes and toothpaste, and flashlights. Any snacks or microwavable food would be great as well.
Also, the guys flipped when they saw that you had cigars, cigarettes and chew on your list, that stuff would be awesome, as pretty much the entire platoon has bad habits, haha.  oh yeah AAA and AA batteries would be awesome as well.  oh yeah chap stick and hand sanitizer would be awesome.  haha, thanks again so much, i feel like a grubby beggar right now, anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.
My platoon is in COP MIZAN, Afghanistan. What makes it annoying is how far away we are from the rest of our unit, which makes resupply a nightmare and logistics here is apparently run like a side show at a circus, haha, you get my drift.  Thanks again so much

SGT Burry, Duncan,
Fox Company, 2nd Squadron 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment


10 September 2010
Hello Si,
First let me say I apologize for not sending this out sooner as the internet has been a luxury here. Thank you to each and every one of you from all of us here at Gamberi Garrison in Afghanistan.  It takes a special person to do more than just think about us here and actually take the time, energy, and money to write and/or send care packages.
There are now about 12 female soldiers and 60 male soldiers here.  We have no stores or post office. A bar what can we do?  Have internet once in a while or not at all…? We rely solely on people like yourselves for most or our personal items.  If we can, when a convoy comes in or goes out we can try to get them to bring us some things we may want or need.  We realize there are many who so
not have it as good as us though.  Some more remote outposts don’t have anything.  They live in tents and use the outdoors for the bathrooms. No running water and MRE’s to eat.  I count my blessings every day.
Again Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!!!!!

From the soldiers at 82nd Combined Action Team, Gamberi Garrison God Bless and take care!
SGT Horne, Lisa
82nd SBDE CAT


01 September 2010
Hey Si,
I remember you from the valley and I did get your package, those are the best socks i own now, thanks for everything!! we only have 1 internet connection here and its a government computer so i cant get on facebook here.

Thanks again for all your support, it means a lot.
Kirk Calvert


19 August 2010
Sonny,
We just received a care package from you. Thank you so much for your package. I also read the news article, thank you for continuing to serve our great nation by sending soldiers packages. I also want to tell you, from one veteran to another, thank you for what you have done for America.
I am a fire team leader in an infantry platoon, in A Co, 1/2 Stryker Cavalry Regiment. Conditions are tough, but we will push forward and accomplish our mission. I, and my soldiers, deeply appreciate, and are honored, at people that we may never meet support us, and believe that we are doing a greater good.
Winter will be arriving soon, roughly in November, and we are expecting maybe a foot of snow. Foot and hand warmers will come in handy quite a bit. Ressupply here is still somewhat an issue, birds can’t fly if it the sand storms are too rough. Roads here are mediocre at best. Although the military has changed over the years, a lot of our conditions are similar to the ones you experienced in Korea.

Again I and my soldiers greatly appreciate yalls support.
SGT Edward Porter


12 Aug 2010
Mr. Tenenberg,
I want to start off by thanking you for the care package. My soldiers certainly enjoyed being able to indulge in some of the delicacies from back home. I think what you are doing is great and it certainly makes us soldiers proud knowing that there are people back home that don’t even know us but go through the great links to make sure we are as comfortable as possible.
Being away from home and from family is never easy but knowing that we have the support of people back home such as yourself makes it a little easier and that much more worthwhile.

Thank you again!
LT Brent Davis


02 Aug 2010
Mr. Tenenberg,
I would first like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting my platoon while we are at war. It means a great deal that patriotic Americans have not forgotten us. As you have probably read we are an infantry heavy weapons platoon in the 101st Airborne Division currently operating in eastern Afghanistan. In our assigned area of operations, we face many threats from both the Taliban and al-Qaeda as they attempt to destabilize this very important region of the country. By fighting insurgents here, we can prevent them from moving into other parts of the country. Because of this, we live in a very volatile area. Support from fellow Americans means a great deal to us all. Being away from our loved ones for a year is very hard on all of us, but knowing that patriotic and freedom loving citizens take the time out of their days and money out of their wallets keeps us motivated. Because of how isolated our combat outpost is access to stores is nonexistent. and resupply infrequent. Again, please accept my sincerest thanks for your support of our troops. The seemingly simple items that you send us are vital for keep my platoon’s morale high . Thank you for your patriotism.
Nicholas Orzechowski
1LT, IN Platoon Leader


07 July 2010
Sonny,
I want to thank you for your support. The care packages are awesome and we really appreciate all that you send us. This war in Afghanistan has turned to the worse fighting yet. This is what we over here call are Vietnam. We may not have as many KIAs like Vietnam had but our enemy fights almost the same. We are fighting an enemy we cannot see. They ambush us and set out IEDs and we never see them coming. I just lost a young soldier on the 18th of June. We were on a movement to contact and were to push into a small town. As we approached from a trail that was the only way in, an IED went off and killed the young soldier plus wounding two other soldiers. I ask you to keep us all in your thoughts and to continue the great support you have given us. It really brings smiles to our faces to have a taste of America from time to time. God Bless, your Airborne buddy.
SSG James Lower, 101st ABN Div(AA)
FOB Wilson, Afghanistan.


05 July 2010 9:55:53 AM
Mr. Tenenberg,
Thank you for your package! I am a Hospital Corpsman deployed with a Marine unit. I work in a Shock Trauma Platoon and essentially our job is to treat any type of casualty that gets sent through our doors, whether they are Marine or Afghan. My brothers and sisters in arms totally and whole-heartedly appreciate your support and the items that you sent.
A very appreciative Sailor
HM2 Jared Aguon


01 July 2010
Dear Si,
I am a fire team leader in 3/3 India Co, 2nd Plt deployed in Hemland Province, Afghanistan. My team is current operating in Patrol Base Poole named after a Marine from 3/3 who was recently killed. We operate with approximately 20 Marines and 10 Afghan soldiers. As you would guess, items of comfort are few, and eating only MRE’s for many straight weeks is less than appetizing. There is no PX here so any food other than USMC rations is bought from the local Afghan market which is limited to cokes and chicken. Patrols burn though a lot of socks with all the canals and scorching heat. We don’t have any soap to wash our clothes or ourselves either so we are getting pretty crusty. We go through water like crazy because it’s all we have to drink There is absolutely no shortage of the Taliban here as we have done our fair share of fighting during our stay here which definitely increases morale as long as nobody is hurt. My Marines and I greatly appreciate what you do for us and are thankful of your compassion and patriotism.
God bless you.
LCPL Micah Fields


28 June 2010
Si,
Please know that your package was well received by my Marines. The pace of life here in Afghanistan is kinetic and very fast most days except for the time it takes for mail to get to us. Please know that although the fight is not yet over, your Marines are sacrificing every day to make progress. I am very proud as you would be to serve in action alongside these young men. There are many unknowns ahead for us, but one thing I am certain: there is a faithful and loving God In Heaven who hears the prayers of his people. As I write, the poppy season is winding down. When harvest season dies down, drug traffic and insurgent hostilities will pickup. This summer will be hot for more than one reason. Please continue to pray for us as we press forward for the fight ahead.
Semper Fldelis
GySgt Al Penn


11 June 2010 12:04:16 AM
Sonny,
I am SFC Timothy Kyer with the 1092nd Engineering Battalion.  We
are currently stationed in Sharana Afghanistan.  I wanted to thank you
for your thoughts, prayers, time and effort that you put into showing us
your support. It’s a great feeling knowing that people do take the time
to think about us that are so far from home. I divided out everything
that was in the box between my guys and we really appreciated it.
Thank you and God Bless.
SFC Timothy Kyer,Task Force Red Dragon


02 May 2010 2:19:19 AM
Dear Si;
my name is SGT James A. Giuffre, USARMY; I would like to thank you and yr friends for the wonderful care package. To my wildest dreams that I ever thought I would get a package from people who I never met let alone knew. I am very pleased to see that there are still people out there who still care for soldiers’; Americans; who believe in what  we are doing. My soldiers’ were very happy to see the package and the socks but I had to choose to which one to give the socks too. Si we like the socks very much and the protein bars, this is what is needed here a lot, so the guys are very happy if that would come maybe in the next package   Sincerely;
SGT. Giuffre
p.s. Si  if don’t’ mind can you remember in your prayers 2 of our guys who passed on to a new life. SGT Deveua, who is at Walter Reed Hospital from a suicide bomber who took his legs from him, and SGT Robert Barrett who was killed by the same suicide bomber, he was 20 yrs old with a 3 yr old girl. Just remember him if you can. Thanks


19 April 2010 5:31 AM
Dear Si,
Let me start off by saying thanks for the care package that you sent to us. All the goodies in there was just great. It was recieved by my platoon Sgt he shared it with all of us. It feels good that we all have something in common with you. being deployed to protect our way of life. The poem really means alot to us. Well thanks again for your care package you made a great friend and we all thank you.
PFC Morales, Kelvin


21 March 2010
Hello Si
I hope all is well with you back there. I wanted to let you know what I have been up to. I was asked to go assist another Marine team in the northern section of the country and I was there for a little over 2 months. There are no vehicles to ride around in up there so there was quite a bit of walking done, we patrolled to all the local villages and met with some interesting characters. It is much more dangerous up there than it is or was down here in Jalalabad, It has been a whole 9 months since we first landed here and started to conduct our mission of mentoring and advising with the Afghan National Army. They learned a lot, or at least we taught them a lot on how to conduct missions. I guess we will see what happens when we leave. The Marines are done working in this area for a while and will start our focus more so down in the southern part of the country. I wanted to write to let you know that all the support and care packages that have been sent definitely made this deployment a great time. It was always exciting to see what came in during the mail call and then to see what was in the boxes.  You have sent many a great items that surely made our time here very pleasant.  For whatever reason you chose to support the team and I, I want to say from the heart, that reason was definitely fulfilled!!  All the prayers, the stay safe’s, the you are not forgotten, and the stories in the letters of life back there was great to read and receive.  .  There are not enough words I can think of to say thank you and to tell you just how much all this has meant to us!!
To you I say Semper Fidelis, Godspeed, and wish you Fairwinds
From Embedded Training Team 6-5 in Afghanistan


15 March 2010
Mr. Tenenberg
Greetings from Afghanistan! I was lucky enough to be surprised today by
a package from you I can’t begin to express how much it
means to both my men and myself that there are people out there like
yourselves that care and support our troops like you do.  That article
from the paper was very interesting, it’s good to see you get
recognition for all that you do to support the troops.  The poem that
your uncle wrote hit the nail right on the head.  I have actually hung
it up on the wall in our tent here at FOB Shank.  Once again, thank you so much
for your time and support.  Take care and have a great day!
Sincerely,
SFC Darren Horton
FOB Shank


12 March 2010
Hello Si.
My name is William Ray. I am the senior Medical Sergeant with SF ODA 1231, in Afganistan. We recently recieved a package from you guys. I have to say, we really appreciate it. These packages mean alot from home. We all rely on our families for support and they do a good job, but when Americans that we dont know go through the trouble to send us these things, it means more than we can say. Little things, like putting a pack of M and M’s in your pocket and pullin ’em out when you are sitting on a rooftop OP for hours in the cold, go a long way.
Thanks again, Si. Keep up the good work, brother.


06 March 2010
Si Tenenberg,
Thank you for taking the time to send the platoon care packages and writing a letter to us.  The Platoon is doing great and we are staying busy.  It has been weird weather here lately with a mixture of rain, wind, hail, and then heat.  It is going to be a hot summer here.  Right now we are good on a lot of items, but I know the Marines will always take packages and anything given to them.  Items that look like what we might need in the near future include:  socks, short sleeve shirts, chap stick, foot powder.  Just suggestions…
Thanks again for your devotion and your service.
Semper Fi,
1stLt Benjamin M. Boera,Platoon Commander
Battery T, 5th Battalion 11th Marines,Camp Barber, Afghanistan


25 February 2010
SI Tenenberg,
I am writing from Afghanistan to thank you for all your support. I am happy to say we received your packages and were thrilled to receive them. The items you sent were awesome and really made the holiday season. We just got internet so I am able to send this email.  I also want to thank you for your sacrifices as well.  You of all people know the sacrifices we make and the sacrifices you made for our wonderful country. We are three months into our 7 month deployment and things are starting to cool down. As you have seen on the news it has not been the best place here the last two months. You should know that we have almost got rid of the taliban in our area and the local people are great. They are so committed to establishing a good country and hate the Taliban who have oppressed them in fear for years. The kids love the candy we give them. There are not really any schools and only 1 in every 10 kids can read and write. They ask for a pen before candy because they love to scribble. We are forever grateful to you for your kindness and support. We are your Marines
God bless and thank you!
Ssgt Jason Harris


16 January 2010
> Hi,
My name is SPC David Brooks I serve with the US Army, currently in Afghanistan. I would like to thank you for the care package. It was more than enough, and we definitely can use all the goodies. I am glad you included your email address because its actually quite hard to send a letter. I’ve gotten a few packages, and I would like to mail a thank you, but we can’t send mail from here until Jan. 31.
SPC David Brooks.HHC 1/503d, FOB AIRBORNE


16 January 2010
> Si,
Thank you for the care package. It was received some time ago. With op tempo I had not been able to send out a thank you note till now. I really appreciate the fact that you take the time out of your day to “Pay it forward”. When I received your package I was quite relieved as you had placed some Starbucks coffee in it. You should have seen the heads turn when they smelled the Starbucks Brewing! Everyone in the office turned and asked if it was Starbucks. I had to quickly reply with Yes, I get the first cup!! Needless to say it did not last long. Now with the winter months upon us we are in to the 5-6 pot  Days and every now and then someone will ask, ” WHO is hiding the good stuff”, when they smell the pot brewing.   Thanks again for your dedication to your fellow veterans. It is great to know and see that our countrymen still have it in them!
Thomas R.Lemrow Jr. CW2 USA  AVN,UH-60 Pilot


16 January 2010
Dear Supporters,
My request today is for candy, coloring books and pencils and pens. Our mission here in XXXX is to help build realtonships with the local villages and schools. As you know most here have nothing or next to nothing. Most class rooms have only one piece of chalk for three classrooms of about 20 kids. They have one notebook and only 4 pencils. Soldiers in our unit have been buying these things but cant keep up with the demand. Anything we can do here to improve future realtonships here will benifit every soilder stationed here. If you could only see these kids bundled up in winter clothes and blankets in a classroom with no windows trying to learn. I am sure you hear stories like this often but to see it in person is another thing.
Anything you could send would be a blessing . Thank You. God Bless America and supporters like you.


20 Feb,2010
Si,
Thank you for what YOU have done for our nation.Thank you for your package and its contents, Ive read your letter inclosed, it has some very though out contents. 
Winter here is fleeting and soon to be a memory, summer is on the horizon and they are brutal. We generally have most of the things you have written that you can provide, some things we are short are the foot powder, body wash, the socks sound pretty cool, toothpaste, eye drops, and thats about it. 
Our team has no women on it, (Thank God) no drama’s and no distractions. We are a SF ODA and thats about all I can say on that.Again Si, 
Thank you for the package and all you do and have done for us.

Sincerely;
Damian McMahon, Camp Simmons


15 January 2010
Si,
On behalf of the Marines of us at 2nd Battalion 2d Marines Armory, I would like to thank you for your unwavering and selfless support.  Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated and I have distributed your gifts throughout my Marines as well as to those who will most benefit. Even more than material items, we appreciate remaining in your thoughts. Your gifts also represent the love and support of the American people that is so encouraging to the young men and women that have answered our nation’s call to do the tough work in Afghanistan and provides an immeasurable boost to our morale and reinvigorates our dedication to our mission far from home.
Semper Fidelis,
Staff Sergeant Matthew C. Rogers