Below is a sampling of the many Letters, Cards, Notes and E-mails we have received
Dear Mary E. Keeser,
Thank you so much for the care packages. We have received them and were astounded with all the goodies inside. I have set out all the items for Soldiers in my unit to take for their needs. They are extremely grateful for your gratitude. I want to thank you again for taking the time to send us care packages. You all are awesome!
We are more than happy to serve our Country. And Hope to see our families soon. I wish you many Thanks to you and your family, and God Bless.
I would like to send a whole hearted thanks to everyone of you at adopt a soldier for what you do, it awsome what your group does, and the love that is expressed in the packages sent. thanks again and may God bless all.
I'm with the 30th Brigade Combat Team of the NC National Guard, currently stationed in Baghdad, Iraq. I revieved two boxes today from the Jaes Lee Community Center in Falls Church, VA. Inside were several different snack foods and toilet articles. I wanted to say Thank You for being apart of this program and getting organizations to send us boxes. For a lot of us, mail day is the highlight of the week. Getting a box can make a day for us. Your card asked for suggestions on what to send and I thought I'd answer. Snack Foods are always good. Other things like drink mixes would be great. The individual Lipton packs work good for water bottles. Reading material is good also. We don't need much other than things like this. We are very well taken care of by the Army believe it or not. Again, Thank you for your service at helping our morale and showing us that people do remember us and care. God Bless.
I received a "care package" from your organization and want to say, "Thank you!"
Your support is greatly appreciated. I am also interested in your organization. My wife and I will be reassigned to Northern Virginia sometime between June and November 2010. I would like to know if there is some way I can actively participate in organization functions after arrival.
Please let me personally thank you for the overwhelming thoughtfulness the people in your organization. We received several boxes full of all sorts of thoughtful and useful items. I have opened all of the boxes and put them in a central location for all of our Soldiers to come and enjoy these great gifts.
As you know, we are several thousands of miles away from our home and loved ones and gestures such as yours cause us to stop in our busy day and reflect about being a Soldier defending our great nation against desperate, vicious killers who would hurt innocent men, women and children to further their cause. When we do reflect we can understand that great sense of responsibility and pride of defending our way of life. We can also appreciate your taking the opportunity and time to do this.
We don't take the responsibility to defend freedom for our great nation or the defending of our loved ones life, liberty and happiness lightly, which is why we have volunteered to be here and endure these hardships with all of the risk that entails. We do this because we want to and we feel our country needs us to do this. And when people and organizations such as your takes the time and trouble to send things our way, we can only say "thank you very much" and God Bless you all.
Dear Mrs. Keeser,
I would like to take this time to greatly appreciate you and all of the personnel that take time out of their busy schedule to collect and send the soldiers mobilized care packages. Every care package that we the soldiers receive it's a definitely a smile on our faces. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. My next email message will contain pictures and testimonies. Writing to you is the PAO (Public Affairs Personnel) for the Battalion.
It is heartwarming and humbling to see everyone especially the younger generation so involved in making those of us deployed feel closer to home. I know that time is a precious commodity-- and I thank everyone involved for thinking about the JCC-I/A family.
Comments: Thank you for all your support for us and my fellow sodiers. Eveything you do makes it a little bit easier over here.
Comments: Thank You for supporting everyone that you support
Comments: Hi! thanks for doing this I really appreciate it!
Comments: Ty for all the support curently on my 3rd deployment. Anything sent will help. here with a 25 man plt. Thank you for all the help
On behalf of the military and civilian members of our Command, Thank You for your thoughtful
and kind considerations and the wonderful care packages you sent to us. These packages
are a real delight and we so appreciate that you think of us.
We are the Joint Contracting Command-Iraq/Afghanistan. And we are glad to know who you are.
Our heartfelt thanks to all who volunteer to do these wonderful things for us!
A quick note to thank you for the two boxes of "care package" goodies.
The folks here in Detainee Operations loved them.
I especially enjoyed the cd.
I am currently the Battalion Commander for the Balkans National Support Element based in Pristina Kosovo. This theater of operations is over-shadowed by Iraq in Afghanistan in many respects. The Service Members here work as hard as any, they all make tremendous sacrafices, and are away from loved ones. Care packages from America's Adopt A Soldier always bring smiles to faces. It lets our U.S. Service Members know that someone back home is thinking of them, and it gives them the perseverance to continue to do the outstanding job it takes to keep our country safe. America's Adopt A Soldier, thanks for what you do...well done!
On behalf of the Soldiers of HHB, 1-113th FA, we would like to extend our deepest and most sincere gratitude. I am humbled with appreciation and filled with great admiration for your support to our troops. The thoughtfulness and generosity that you have expressed to us is nothing short of unbelievable. The care packages were well-received and believe me when I say it is most inspiring to observe a Soldier, when he or she, receives a care package. The immediate awareness that someone out there is motivated and passionate enough to take the time out of their day to select and package these items with such care brings instant smiles and a very real since of pride.
There are times such as these in which I am reminded that our separation and our sacrifices are not ours alone but rather shared. Our commitments to the values of freedom will never waver and as this bedrock of our nation is challenged around the world, it will always be the continued support and patriotism or our communities that will make the difference in Victory.
Thanks again for sharing your generosity with my troops; you all are true American Heroes!!
Thank you for the packages delivered to my Soldiers here at FOB Echo. It is always great to get these packages.
As you know they end up with Soldiers who are single and not receiving a lot from home. Once the boxes from different organizations is opened the trading begins, each comparing what they got. Each looking for what they need, be it the candy that aren't sold here or the tooth brush that our small PX seems to be out of. Soldiers will slip the box under their bunk and pull it out before a mission to carry some items with them and then again upon their return when it is time to relax. It is nice to know we have the backing of so many people back home. These packages will forever be a part of our good memories of our deployment here.
Thank you for the phone cards, now I can call home more often to check on things.
Thanks for your efforts in making the American Freedom Foundation 2008 Festival a huge success. On behalf of National Guard, thank you for hard work and time sacrificed on behalf of our Soldiers, the concert was absolutely incredible. Over 9,000 attended, 1,000 tickets donated to our Soldiers, Airman and Families, over $400,000 given back (on-stage) to programs supporting our Soldiers, Veterans' and their Families.
Thank you so much for the love and support you all have shown me in the short amount of time I have been at Walter Reed. It was a blessing to receive a laptop and phone cards. Now I am on my way to a full recovery, receiving a gift like that not only made my day but it made my life.
I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank you for your continued support of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the Georgia Army National Guard.
As a symbol of my gratitude, and on behalf of all the men and women of the 48th Infantry Brigade and Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix IX, please accept this American Flag, which was flown in your honor over Patriot Square, Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan on November 2nd, 2009.