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We have shared a few of the emails and letters we've received so supporters can also know that the care packages are about much more than just supplying food and hygiene items. Last names and locations have been removed from the emails for security purposes.         

My soldiers and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sending us your packages. We have no special request at this time. Just all that you do for us is a blessing to us. Mail is real slow here, it’s like pulling teeth. It gets here late but right on time. Seems like when we do get mail we’re like little kids on Christmas time. Keep us in your prayers and we thank you for supporting the troop. -- Myron

I just want to thank you for the items we have received in the mail from you. It is so nice to receive the items you sent. I hope you know how much we appreciate them out here. I use the aroma therapy you sent us and it helps me sleep so much better. The first day I used it was the first good night rest I got since being here. I've been here about 2 or three months now and we all are excited to be coming back home, we have about 10 or 9 months left. Thank you again, thank you for your support, your prayers and just your thought and the time you take and dedicate to us. We appreciate you, thank you and God Bless you! -- Jackie

I just wanted to write you to say thank you for the box you sent for my Soldiers and I. It is very comforting to know that there are such good people showing us continuous support. Again thank you for all you do. -- Alex

I just want to thank you for the great package you sent, and let me tell you my soap supply was almost gone. The package was really a God send. Anyway again I can't tell you enough how thankful I and all of the other soldiers are for the support and prayers from Americans like you. You will be in my prayers, God Bless and thank you. -- Eric

I wanted to thank you for the birthday package you put together for me from your organization. It was truly thoughtful and I am grateful. I did not expect so many personal birthday cards. The people involved with JOSH are amazing. Thank you for all you are doing for us. -- Robert

I want to thank you for the package you recently sent us. We sincerely appreciate the items and cannot thank you enough for your support. I hope this email finds you and your family in good health. Thanks again. -- Lynn

I like to say thanks for sending me a package it came just in time. I had ran out of body wash and razors. Thank you for your support and your kindness it is very appreciated. -- Julio

My name is Philip, and I'm currently in Afghanistan and I received a few boxes for my platoon members. We would like to personally thank you, you made our days out here much better and boosted our morale more than we can explain. The items in the package were amazing and people were so happy to see them. Thank you again for your support, and most of all thank you very much for helping my Soldiers in their time of need!

Hi I just wanted to shoot you an email thanking you for the care package you sent us here. I received it yesterday, and it was passed out to all of my Soldiers. We appreciate you thinking of us out here. Every little bit helps raise morale, especially being at such a remote location. Please tell everyone who contributed to the care package, and the program that you have set up, that the notions of gratitude for our service goes a long way. Times out here aren't always easy, but knowing that there are people back home thinking about us makes the job that much more satisfying. Mail day comes about once a month and its always a good day! I have attached a couple pictures of the guys going through the package. --Bradley

I recently received the package you sent. What a great surprise! I've already been enjoying and sharing the goodies. Your generosity in giving both time and energy, not to mention finances, is greatly appreciated. It is an honor to serve our country, and a privilege to feel loved and appreciated while doing it. Thank you, and may God shower His blessings on you for your kindness. -- Mark

We just wanted to say thanks for being so supportive and sending us care packages. It's good to know we have such support. This is my third deployment, so being away is nothing new. I do have Soldiers who this is their first deployment and enjoy the support. Again thanks for everything and have a wonderful holiday season. -- Jason

I just opened up your care package and it is AMAZING! I greatly appreciate the thought you put into it. I enjoyed reading the card that came along with the package. Thank you very much for all that you are doing for us. It means far than you think. I hope all is well in the states and it is not too cold. Have a wonderful day Mrs. Hewitt! -- Nicholas

It is with the greatest appreciation that we write to you on behalf of the troops of XXXX. We thank you for the support that you are providing us during this deployment. Know that the Soldiers here are grateful for all that you send. Many of the Soldiers are working long hours either in the field or in support of those in the field so when we make our rounds to all these Soldiers handing out treats/items sent to us their morale is uplifted. We let them know that people from back home are showing their love for the Soldiers deployed here in Afghanistan and their faces light up a little brighter. All of what you do here makes quite a difference in what these troopers do here.

Everything here is going good. We are thankful that our Soldiers are dedicated in the miss here and working well with our Afghan counterparts. Good relations are being built and hope they will continue. God bless you all back home and be safe! -- Christopher

Thank you for taking time out of your day to send our medics goodies and stuff.  We always look forward to mail day because it is like Christmas, you never know what's coming.  We are doing well and morale remains high.  Your kindness is a constant reminder of why and who we serve.  Thank you and God bless. --Tyson

I just wanted to say thank you for the care packages. me and my buddies cant wait til the next box. we really liked the easter baskets. we made hats out of them and hid the eggs but put money in them. thanks for everything you do. its people like you that make us enjoy our job. and as soon as i get back to the states i will send the pictures i have. thanks again and God bless. -- Daniel

Thanks again for another great package - this one filled with good snacks.  We were getting low so it came at the right time.  Please tell Parker thank you for the wonderful note.  It's very nice to get letters and cards from kids.  It's refreshing that they acknowledge what we do!  As always - we very much apprecaite your packages!  --Tammy

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 even when we are so far from it.   God Bless.  --  Benjamin

Thank you for your most recent care package! Our supply shortage continues here, so the goodies you send are very much appreciated!   The hygiene items you send are especially helpful to our team.  Again, thank you for your continued support!  Yours in Service - Chris08/09/12

Thank you for the wonderful boxes, they arrived just in time for the 4th of July.  We really appreciate you guys thinking of us during our deployment, it really means a lot.  We do not have a PX/BX or place to buy anything so everything you send will be used.  We also share with the other Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines colocated with us.  Thanks -- Bethany

I would like to start off by thanking you for sending us the care packages. They really are appreciated. The Soldiers enjoyed everything that was in the packages. It really helps build the unit morale when we receive packages, because it lets us know that people haven't forgotten that we are still over here fighting. Our unit is spread out quite a bit across many different bases, so what I have done as the battalion chaplain's assistant is as I receive packages, I try to send them out to the locations that don't have any PX, latrines, or chow halls. Again, thank you for your package and your continued support. - God Bless. Very Respectfully, Wesley

Thank you for your most recent care package you sent to my team and I.  Please extend our gratitude to the employees of Liberty Mutual for us.  

It's very reassuring to know there are great people like you who still remember us here in Afghanistan.  I truly admire your dedication to make life here a little better for people you don't even know.

We're approaching the end of our time in Afghanistan.  Your support throughout our deployment has been truly fantastic.  You really do great work for us out here, and we are eternally grateful.  Thank you for all you've done and all you continue to do for our fighting men and women.  Please pass along my regards and sincerest gratitude to your colleagues and everyone who contributes to our continuing effort here in Afghanistan.  Yours in Service - Chris

Thank you again for all your support.  Everything you sent was well received and appreciated.  Thank you for all you do. - Steve

Thank you for the care package.  We certainly appreciate your support.  Our company does not have any place on our camp where we can buy snacks and toiletries, so packages like the one you sent us make a big difference.  We have been quite fortunate to have so much support over here and all of us are grateful for that.  I can't think of  a single instance where any of my Soldiers has gone without something they needed on this deployment.  Because of that, we are better able to focus on our missions.  Thank you again. - John

I, along with the other guys in my platoon would like to extend to you our deepest gratitude.  With the holiday season on its way, and we bing complete strangers are very grateful for all of your support.  You remind us that we are appreciated here.  Thank you again. - Thomas

I wanted to write and thank you for the two packages I received in early December. The treats and hygiene products are greatly appreciated. Especially at the austere location where my team is currently located. I shared the contents with my Soldier and distributed the enclosed cards to other service people on the camp.  Your generous gifts makes life a little easier over here, and help us do our jobs.  Happy Holidays - Andy

Just wanted to let you know we received the package you sent. Everyone was really excited about it. We were beginning to run low on snacks. But your package helped to replenish our supplies. So thank you! And thanks for your continued support.- Jonathan

Thank you once again for the recently sent care package I received a few days ago.  I am blessed to get them when everyone is running low on stuff so I get to bring a smile and warm thoughts from home when my brothers and sisters in arms get to select and share snacks and even hygiene items.  Thank you from all of us to you.  GOD bless.- Matthew

I just wanted to drop you a line and thank you for the care packages. We have received them and they are much appreciated. I distribute them to my Marines that have not, or do not receive care packages on a regular basis. Thank you for all that you and the J.O.S.H. Organization do for us and all Military Members deployed around the world! –Jason

Just wanted to thank you for your continued support...I received your latest care package today and wanted to say how appreciative I am. Your contribution to the fight and our Soldiers does not go unrecognized.  Thank you. -- Terry

We've received a couple of packages from you over the past week. Mail was backed up somewhere along the way and we just got a ton of stuff in. Everyone was really happy with all the snacks you sent out! So, again thank you!  -- Jon

I am writing you in response to the package that we received a few days ago. We truly appreciate the support given by your organization and are humbled by your generosity. It is amazing to see the Soldiers' faces when receiving mail, and the moral boost that goes along with it. -- Brandon

I just wanted to let you know I received both of the packages you sent. The one with all the female products was great my soldiers just loved it. They asked where I got this from so printed your email and showed them, They were so happy to know that people like you care for soldiers like us.  I just want to say thank you so much for your packages it has such a great impact on these soldiers as well as myself.  --  Amanda


Today I was sitting in my working area in Afghanistan and it was just a regular day as usual.  Then I received a box from you. Words cannot express the excitement that I got, as well as the people I work with, when I opened the box and there was an Xbox sitting in there.  The morale of everyone around me including myself, went through the roof.  I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank your organization.  You clearly do not have to support us in the way that you do.  It is such a good feeling inside to know that there are people like your organization who still support the troops and take time out of your day, and spend your money, just to give us a refreshing feeling that their are still good people in this world.  I will try to send you some pictures later on, but the internet connection is very slow, so sometimes they don't go through. But on behalf of myself and the people I work with, I want to thank you again for your service and the gifts that you have provided.  It is greatly appreciated and I'm sure everyone will remember it as a part of their deployment...I know I will.  Our best thank yous. --  David

Just wanted to drop you a note and let you know how appreciative my team has been for your support during the last nine months while my BDE was deployed in Afghanistan. From Girl Scout Cookies, to Christmas gift bags, to routine hygiene supplies-- you and your team have been a blessing. The Afghan National Security Forces are 'winning' this Spring in Afghanistan- bringing opportunities to a population that would not otherwise have been afforded had it not been for the US Soldier. Your support, often unrecognized, plays a vital role in the 'health of the force' and has allowed me to bring every Soldier home to their families. All my team should be home on or around Memorial Day Weekend.-- Terry

We got your packages yesterday! Thank you so much. It was a good feeling for everyone to open their personal care packages, especially for those Soldiers that don't have a supporting family. It means a heck of a lot. On a personal note, thank you for the picture frame. It's a good feeling to see my daughter in the morning.  We'll stay in touch and try and get you some pictures soon. Thank you again! --  Benjamin

Just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you so much for the care package. We want to thank you for taking the time, effort and resources to send us a package of much needed items. As the potentially last military personnel to be stationed here in Afghanistan, we have been concerned that people will forget about us. With the retrograde and withdrawal of personnel and equipment, the resources and support will be steadily and rapidly dwindling, until we have very little to support us until we get on an aircraft to leave the country. So we are truly grateful that people still care and remember us as we draw down.  Thanks, -- Joe

I hope this e-mail finds you well! Letters here are a big pain and will take months to go out! I would like to thank you for the care packages that you have sent to us. They mean a lot to us but even more, we appreciate the support you give us. We are in a pretty rough spot where we have no access to shops or anything, so care packages are what we rely on to keep ourselves clean, and satisfied! So again we appreciate every thing! I personally want to thank you for the things that help me with my job title! The AAA Batteries and AA's! Very helpful for me and others! If you haven't guessed already I am the RTO for my platoon! (Radio Transmitter Operator.) Again supply here is slow so batteries like that help A LOT! So thank you again! All we look forward here is MAIL! It's pretty funny how much people complain and always ask about if we are suppose to get mail today! It's honestly because that's all we look forward too here! Yes it is pretty sad but just believe that we are very appreciated for every thing! We all look forward to more of your letters and goodies! I am reading your letter as I type and you ask what we we most want and need. I don't know what is acceptable or not, but we all love food! Mainly microwavable goodies like popcorn lol that is a big one. We all love drink mixes as well! But the toiletries you have been sending is a plus! Again thank you so much! As you should already know the address is correct! We hope to hear from you soon! Thanks so much and I will try soon to attach and send a photo of my whole platoon so you have an idea of what we all look like and where we live! Thanks once again! -- Chris

Thank you so much for the care package we just received from J.O.S.H. We put it in the common area of the office and everything in it was claimed within a few hours. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. -- Joel

Thank you very much for your wonderful support. We received your awesome care package today and it was like kids receiving Christmas gifts,LOL. We are very appreciative of everthing that came to us. I read your letter as we were looking through our goodies :-)  We could not share with your organization how grateful we are of these items through email enough, but I wish you could of seen the faces of my soldiers. J.O.S.H is a very special group and for you guys to get together and do something as special as this definitly deserves a THANK YOU!! Thanks once again for the support and we hope you hear from you guys soon. -- Medina 

March 7, 2014 
Thank you for thinking of me and sending me a packages. 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 on a small FOB but the conditions are good, we actually have porcelain toilets, never had that down here before.  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 who can’t. -- Adam

April 13, 2014
I just wanted to say thank you once again for all the support you've given us, I received some more care packages and I gotta tell you, me and my guys really appreciate everything you have sent us. Once again, thank you much.  -- Sergio

June 23, 2014
Thank you so much for the care package that I received. everything is much appreciated. I wanted to thank you for your time and effort in putting the care packages together. we are far from facilities to buy our own items so most of the stuff we get is from our families and people like you. My unit will be here for the foreseeable future so if you have no one else to send packages to we would be more than happy to receive packages. Just know that others with me are welcome to the items that you send. We appreciate your hard work to support us. thanks again. -- Joshua

July 2, 2014
We have received your care packages and we want to thank you for the support you guys do for us. It really does make us feel good that people care about us and support us. Thank You all for the packages. At this time I don't think we have any requests.  Thank you once again. God Bless You all!! -- Pedro

July 17, 2014
We received your awesome package yesterday and distributed among out entire BTRY. Mostly all soldiers were able to take something out of it they needed. I wanted to thank you personally for such a kind gift. It is hard to get all of our guys together for a photo op because they are split up and training different groups each day.  I hope we can take a photo soon while deployed and I will send it to you. From all the ‘Annihilator’s’ in A BTRY, 4-1FA THANK YOU -- Harrison

September 8, 2014
Thanks so much for sending the items for my team here.  Everyone grabbed stuff and were very happy to receive them.  Thanks again for all you do.  --  John

October 6, 2014
I would like to thank you for the packages that I received from you and your organization.  Getting them so quickly has been a blessing, just knowing that you care enough to send items and that you and your organization take the time and effort to support us makes a little easier being so far from home.  Once again, thank you for your support and God bless you and all that you do. -- Lou

November 1, 2014
I just received another one of your packages and wanted to say thank you.  The unit who just arrived acted like it was Christmas walking around with whatever they could steal from the box!  --  Nicholas

April 29, 2015
I wanted to let you know that we have received some of your recent packages.  Thank you very much for the continued support and encouragement. We have already begun sharing everything that we have received with our Soldiers. The care of your team makes a great difference in our daily lives. -- Corey

May 27, 2015
On behalf of my office in Djibouti, Africa, I wanted to extend a huge thank you for the care package that you sent us! This is the second care package that we've received from you and your organization, and they are by far the best that we receive. They are packed with high energy and healthy snacks, which help keep us going! We truly appreciate the time and effort that you put into preparing the packages, and their contents are a hit with everyone here! Thank you again for your support, your efforts bring us a little piece of home and comfort while we are here. -- Jonathan

June 17, 2015
Thank you so much for the care package, so many of the soldiers faces lit up as I put a little something on their desks and they came back to a surprise.  What you and people like you do every day by sending a little bit of home to soldiers deployed worldwide is such a great thing and I applaud you.  It is people and the groups like you that make all of us here realize why we do what we do.  Thank you for caring and as long as there are people like you at home there will be soldiers like me fighting for what we as a nation believe in.  I am nearing the end of my career but after  8 combat deployments I have been exposed to numerous people like you that have brought a smile to my soldiers faces time and time again.  Thank you for the package from all of us in my small unit. - Shawn

July 15, 2015
I just got the care packages you sent. Thank you so much for all the food and hygiene products you sent me, they will be a huge help. I love the food you sent me, most notably the coffee and granola bars. I like to eat healthy and I work out a lot so I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but I do really like quest bars as long as it's not a death by chocolate flavor. The tuna and cup noodles are awesome, those are two things I devour. Everything in the box of hygiene products is amazing. The three different kinds of body wash and two lotions are really nice, you even put in the same exact deodorant that I wear. Once again thank you for everything you sent me, I can't express how much I appreciate it. - Neal

October 7, 2015
Just to let you know that we received the care packages yesterday.  Attached are pics of some soldiers who benefited from your generosity.  Thank you very much. - Ron

November 17, 2015

I've been receiving boxes from you, thank you! Glad you got the card, it is a small token of appreciation. If you could send us some snack or microwaveable food that will be greatly appreciated. When we receive packages especially in bulk we usually put them in our conference room and everyone opens them regardless of who the receiver is, then every Soldier will grab what they need or like. Receiving letters, cards and care packages boosts the morale of every Soldier here in our Detachment, it is something we look forward to every day. Thank you again for your support! -- Dawn

​​January 13, 2016

​I received your first care package and I can't tell you how excited I was to see it. There was so many of my battle buddies that needed things from it that I was only able to keep a few things. We really appreciate what you are doing.  The body wash was one of the first things to go. The guys kept asking when would we be receiving more because not everyone got a chance to get something out of that one. I told them that I would e-mail you to find out. they also wanted to know would you be able to send any canned fruit or summer sausage with cheese.  Once again I thank you for your support and look forward to working with you.  -- Kevin

​February 14, 2016

I received your package from 5 February today. Again, I wish to extend a heartfelt thank you, on behalf of my whole team of Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Civilian Contractors who work with me. Your packages are appreciated, and more importantly, used. Thank you again. --  Jason

February 18, 2016

I received a care package from you today. I have a team of about 12 guys with me and packages like this are a great reminder of the support we have back home. We all appreciate it; thank you very much.  -- Michael

February 24, 2016

I've received 3 packages from you this week! I cannot express our gratitude enough for your organization's care and kindness. One of the packages included the games from Mr. Rivero. I will also send him an email thanking him. Please let your fellow donors know that the Soldiers, Marines and Airmen are loving the stuff you have put together for us, and are very appreciative. God bless you all. -- Jason

May 27, 2016

Thank you so much for your time and effort spent in sending me these care packages! They arrived today and it felt like Christmas as we opened up these boxes not knowing the contents within. I'm almost certain you couldn't have been able to squeeze another ounce of loving support into those two boxes as they were busting at the seams with everything from absolute necessities to treats that will most definitely satisfy every sweet tooth here. I am proud to serve and am in awe at this kind of support from those back home. I thank you for your support and on behalf of the aircraft maintainers stationed here overseas, thank you for all that you and your organization does to ensure we are taken care of. I will certainly spread the word and pass on your contact information. Thank you again! -- Taylor

May 28, 2016

I just wanted to send a quick note of thanks for the care package we received here from your organization.  what a tremendous blessing.  I can tell you that our Soldiers were very, very grateful.  Words simply cannot convey our gratitude for your continued support while we are overseas serving our great nation.  We will continue to do our best to protect you at home while serving here at the Horn of Africa.  -- George

 July 19, 2016

This care package really means a lot, you brightened up my day. I have been working hard and keeping my head down low due to the high threat here, this is a blessing that there is people like you out there that are willing to support Military members like me. I really appreciate everything you do and what you stand for on all the volunteer hours you put in. I want to thank you for your time and for sending me this care package. --Jason

​July 19, 2016

I just wanted to let you know I received a package from your organization. Thank you very much! It was one of the best care packages we received since we have been here. My section appreciated everything you sent us. ​-- Julia

October 6, 2016

I received your package today thank you so much for taking the time to send me a package I shared it amongst my battle buddies and they enjoyed and out everything in the package to use. There was something not just for me but for a lot of the other soldiers in the package as well, I thank all the volunteers who took time out of their busy lives to help package everything up and ship it, as we are serving our country all of you are helping to make our time here not as stressful with your treats, movies, hygiene products and your cards with warming messages makes our time over here worth it and I personally would do it all over again if I had to because of that!. -- Imani

January 5, 2017

​I would like to thank you so much for sending out all the packages and all of the caring and love that you have shown to us. Its really nice to know that people care and are willing to work hard to show it. Thank you again so much, your help and friendship has been invaluable to us. -- Ryan

February 7, 2017

I received both of your care packages today. Thank you and everyone that was part of getting them to us. I planned on taking a picture but before i even opened them the joes where running away with stuff that they have needed. Thanks again. The Dog Pound(our squads name) is very grateful. -- David

February 8, 2017

We can’t thank you guys enough for all the goodies and personal hygiene items that were sent. We especially loved the knitted hats!!!!!! Once again, THANK YOU!!!!! -- Kenneth

March 3, 2017

I wanted to write and let you know that I received a box full of goodies yesterday from your organization, and that I appreciate it greatly. What a wonderful group of people you must be to think about our Soldiers and take the time out, and the money, in order to send these packages. Having not received any mail for a couple of weeks, it was a really nice gift and it brought a big smile to my face.  Thank you so much and it is precisely people like you that make it worth doing the job we do!! -- Louise

March 24, 2017

The JOSH packages are arriving! I have to say that our ladies here are *truly* appreciative of the amazing care packages and products! The face creams, lotions, washes, etc excellent!! I personally couldn't wait to try the Simple day/night cream - it felt so nice after a long day!  From the bottom of our hearts: thank you. The time, funds, effort, and care put into these packages do not go unappreciated and definitely bring the comforts of "home" to our days.--Taara

March 25, 2017

Yesterday after a long day's work the unit mail clerk stopped by my desk informing me that I had mail. I wasn't expected anything so my eyes lit up with joy due to the fact that incoming mail is like Christmas to us! I was pleased to see that not only our family members appreciate our hard work and sacrifices, but the volunteers of J.O.S.H do also. This brightened up my day because the package was tailored to my needs as a female Soldier. I'm very much in tune with my feminine side and take pride in looking, feeling and smelling good. Thank you so much for the Bath and Body Works body gel and lotion, it smells wonderful! I was actually running out of toothpaste and my preferred brand of use is Colgate! Thanks to you all I now have enough for two months! The water is a tad bit harsh and I dislike washing my face with it, so the facial wipes were truly a blessing. Everything will be used and will definitely not go to waste. 

Again, thanks for the wonderful gifts of gratitude and taking the time to let us know that you all care and appreciate what we do.--Tameeka

April 9, 2017

What you do for the soldiers is appreciated more than you know. Myself and a couple other soldiers from my unit would like to send out many thanks to you and your organization for the support you give us and the awesome care packages you have provided.-- Cole

May 18, 2017

One of my Soldiers just received the package prepared by you and the other volunteers. Thank you for thinking of us, and we want you to know we appreciate everything you do for Soldiers all over the world. The platoon loved everything inside, and it definitely boosted moral.-- Donovan


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