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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 6:48 am
 


Anyone interested in adopting a Soldier overseas can do so through an organization called The Chosen Soldier Project. When my Cousin is back on Canadian soil... I adopt a replacement Soldier, and send him/her things they miss dearly from home. For example I sent 4 huge boxes full of things from their " wish list " that they have made. I ended up sending slippers, tuna, twinkies, oreo cookies, poker chips, peanuts, crystal light juice crystals etc......If something was to happen to your adopted Soldier, Joan or Louise will e-mail you and let you know that your Soldier is coming home injured and will give you a replacement name. If anyone is interested in this, you can e-mail Ms Louise Jarvis ( louise.jarvis@sympatico.ca ) or Ms Joan McMurray ( joan_mcmurray@sympatico.ca ) and simply ask to Adopt A Soldier. For more information you can visit the website at

http://www.trevlac.biz/Chosen_Soldier.htm

Like I said, I adopted a Soldier and sent 4 big boxes of items to him and his platoon to share in Afghanistan. The post office will ask that you wrap all packages in brown paper and the Military asks that you list the items in the box on the bottom left so theres no delay or opening of the packages to check for anything illegal.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 7:07 am
 


I think that this is a great program.... I think that this would be great morale booster for some of those guys.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:04 am
 


-Mario- wrote:
I think that this is a great program.... I think that this would be great morale booster for some of those guys.


Well said Mario. I remember my last time in Afghanistan, I had a young troop in my section who recieved nothing in our oh so seldom mail runs. That prompted me to talk to my wife who had several friends from work who started sending him letters and the occasional package. It wasn't much but the look on his face, you would have thought it was Christmas! Great idea, love it. Have friends over there still (has the PPCLI ever not been on tour? :wink: ) and love sending things to them, sometimes right out of the blue when I know they aren't expecting anything from me. 8O


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:08 am
 


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I think that this is a great program.... I think that this would be great morale booster for some of those guys.


Yup! Email, phone calls home and TV are all fine, but nothing and I mean NOTHING beats getting a package or letter from home. Aside from actually going home, the best pick me up any soldier, sailor or airman can get.

I still have every letter I ever received while deployed.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:10 am
 


Sounds like a great idea.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:15 am
 


We have similar things down here and my favorite is 'any soldier' where mail and packages get sent overseas - the tradition is that soldiers who do not get mail from family get first call on any soldier mail. It really brightens up a day. :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:18 am
 


That's awesome. I'll have to look into that.


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We have similar things down here and my favorite is 'any soldier' where mail and packages get sent overseas - the tradition is that soldiers who do not get mail from family get first call on any soldier mail. It really brightens up a day. :wink:
I think I read a story where they wanted to stop doing that because so many packages were being sent, it was tying up resources. 8O


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:29 am
 


Tricks wrote:
BartSimpson wrote:
We have similar things down here and my favorite is 'any soldier' where mail and packages get sent overseas - the tradition is that soldiers who do not get mail from family get first call on any soldier mail. It really brightens up a day. :wink:
I think I read a story where they wanted to stop doing that because so many packages were being sent, it was tying up resources. 8O


The Americans have a much large scale of infrastructure required to support their troops. We only have a hand full of soldiers (compared to the Americans) deployed. I don't think that doing a similar program with our soldier would affect our supplying. I think that this is a wonderful idea.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:31 am
 


-Mario- wrote:
Tricks wrote:
BartSimpson wrote:
We have similar things down here and my favorite is 'any soldier' where mail and packages get sent overseas - the tradition is that soldiers who do not get mail from family get first call on any soldier mail. It really brightens up a day. :wink:
I think I read a story where they wanted to stop doing that because so many packages were being sent, it was tying up resources. 8O


The Americans have a much large scale of infrastructure required to support their troops. We only have a hand full of soldiers (compared to the Americans) deployed. I don't think that doing a similar program with our soldier would affect our supplying. I think that this is a wonderful idea.
Oh I think it is a great idea. What I was talking about is the Any soldier one.


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2Cdo wrote:
-Mario- wrote:
I think that this is a great program.... I think that this would be great morale booster for some of those guys.


Well said Mario. I remember my last time in Afghanistan, I had a young troop in my section who recieved nothing in our oh so seldom mail runs. That prompted me to talk to my wife who had several friends from work who started sending him letters and the occasional package. It wasn't much but the look on his face, you would have thought it was Christmas! Great idea, love it. Have friends over there still (has the PPCLI ever not been on tour? :wink: ) and love sending things to them, sometimes right out of the blue when I know they aren't expecting anything from me. 8O


This is the very reason I do it. I think it's a shame that a Soldier recieves nothing from home.


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SupportingOurTroops wrote:
2Cdo wrote:
-Mario- wrote:
I think that this is a great program.... I think that this would be great morale booster for some of those guys.


Well said Mario. I remember my last time in Afghanistan, I had a young troop in my section who recieved nothing in our oh so seldom mail runs. That prompted me to talk to my wife who had several friends from work who started sending him letters and the occasional package. It wasn't much but the look on his face, you would have thought it was Christmas! Great idea, love it. Have friends over there still (has the PPCLI ever not been on tour? :wink: ) and love sending things to them, sometimes right out of the blue when I know they aren't expecting anything from me. 8O


This is the very reason I do it. I think it's a shame that a Soldier recieves nothing from home.


And it's a blast!

I organized a campaign with my son's class just before Thanksgiving. The kids loved writing the letters and we all had a great time shopping and organizing the care packages for the troops.

Knowing that it really is appreciated makes it all the more worthwhile.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:00 pm
 


That is really cool.




Wait, what about the poor little children who people sponsor in Africa and South America?


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proudcanukchick wrote:
SupportingOurTroops wrote:
2Cdo wrote:
-Mario- wrote:
I think that this is a great program.... I think that this would be great morale booster for some of those guys.


Well said Mario. I remember my last time in Afghanistan, I had a young troop in my section who recieved nothing in our oh so seldom mail runs. That prompted me to talk to my wife who had several friends from work who started sending him letters and the occasional package. It wasn't much but the look on his face, you would have thought it was Christmas! Great idea, love it. Have friends over there still (has the PPCLI ever not been on tour? :wink: ) and love sending things to them, sometimes right out of the blue when I know they aren't expecting anything from me. 8O


This is the very reason I do it. I think it's a shame that a Soldier recieves nothing from home.


And it's a blast!

I organized a campaign with my son's class just before Thanksgiving. The kids loved writing the letters and we all had a great time shopping and organizing the care packages for the troops.

Knowing that it really is appreciated makes it all the more worthwhile.


That's awesome. Had a few Schools here too that sent cards to our Soldiers for Christmas. One little boy put a band-aid in his card, and when asked why he did it....he explained that if the Soldier were to get cut he could use this band-aid. I thought that was very cute and heartwarming.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 3:26 am
 


proudcanukchick wrote:
And it's a blast!

I organized a campaign with my son's class just before Thanksgiving. The kids loved writing the letters and we all had a great time shopping and organizing the care packages for the troops.

Knowing that it really is appreciated makes it all the more worthwhile.


And there is another thing that brightened the long days and gave us something to do to pass some time doing something fun. Writing back to the kids who wrote to us. I must have answered a half dozen letters like that floating around the Persian Gulf at 0300. Depending on the age of the kids some of them were pretty hilarious and some were very thoughtful, always fun to read and respond to. The ones from the real youngsters were almost like an Art Linkletter's "Kids say the darndest things" :lol:


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