We here at Packages From Home would like to thank the many volunteers, Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout troops, donors and all the many organizations who have given their time and money to help with our cause.

This year has been especially challenging since we depend so heavily on financial donations and in these tough economic times it is important to remember who we are doing this for. We're not doing this for us to "feel" good, nor are we doing this to make you "feel" good, we ARE however doing this to help our brave men and women overseas in harms way to feel cared for.

I was a United States Marine for nine years and was sent overseas many times and even spent some time in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield. I can remember how it felt to get a package from home, to get some things that I couldn't get while deployed and to just know somebody was thinking about me.

I can also remember days, just sitting there feeling lonely hoping to hear from home or get a package and then "mail call" would come. "Mail call" came every day, and most days most guys wouldn't get anything, myself included and you could see the disappointment in our eyes when our names weren't called by the platoon Sergeant. And, you could see the joy in the eyes of those who did get something in "mail call".

Now over 17 years later I'm fortunate enough to be in a position that allows me the opportunity to change those feeling for the guys and gals who have so honorably answered the call to duty.

We here at Packages From Home are asking you to remember who we're doing this for and know that we really are making a difference in the lives of so many. Thank you.

MSgt. Hugo A. (blank)

Sir or Ma'am:
My name is MSgt. Hugo A. *****. I am currently deployed to Afghanistan. I have recently received a second package from y'all and I wanted to express my gratitude. This was especially exciting for me because I am from Tucson. Like the previous package this package was shared with my team and all found something particularly special in this package. I was especially pleased to find an Arizona Edition Biker Information Guide as approximately 2 days ago I purchased a 2009 Harley Davidson FXDL/Low Rider through the PX new car sales. One final thing PLEASE pass along OUR sincerest thanks to everyone involved in sending our package especially all of the children that wrote letters (the letters were especially appreciated). Thank you again.

Sincerely,
MSgt. Hugo A. ---------
USAF/Security Forces

NAVY Sailor Appreciates Packages

Packages From Home,

I received an OUTSTANDING care package from your organization today, and I just wanted to say Thank you!! There are so many people out there who constantly show us their support and I cannot tell you how much it means to us!

I am a NAVY Search and Rescue swimmer, currently 4 months into my year tour here in Kabul, Afghanistan. My friends and family always ask me if there is anything I need and I usually tell them, most of the snacks and stuff we receive out here are from outside sources, from people who just want to show they care. So it saves my family from having to do any extra shopping, Thank you!! Please pass this to anyone who may want to read it. Thank you again!!

AWS1(NAC/AW/SW) Lance L. ------
USN Search and Rescue
CFSOCC-A/NKC
Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan
New Kabul Compound

Dear Everyone who made the care package possible

This will be a long letter. I wanted to illustrate a typical week in the life of the 40th ADT so everyone will have a good idea of what we do and who is receiving the care packages you put together. There is no way I can reference everyone in the ADT in this letter, but I’m going to talk about a few people by name just so you’ll know that we are real people here.

This letter highlights the week of December 14th thru the 19th when 24 members of the 64 member 40th ADT (Agricultural Development Team) went north to conduct a watershed survey and a health fair for farm animas. The wealth of rural Afghanistan is in its farm animals. People may not own any land and live in a tent, but they can be wealthy in animals. If disease strikes these animals a family could not only be poverty stricken over night they can also starve.

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Mrs. Lewis,

I would like to tell you Thank-you for the package my son Zachary received, from PFH. He is a Cavalry Scout with 3rd ACR. While stationed up around the Mosel area he got his package. He called home and asked about it and knowing my son he is very cautious about opening anything from someone, or someplace he doesn't know. I assured him it was safe. Zach and his group were all over the Northern part of Iraq when they were deployed, they were not near anything so the packages they got were a real blessing.

They are back here in the "World" at their base safe and sound now, Thank-you for caring so much, I was an Army wife, my husband is retired now. I call the Army the family business! Our oldest daughter served her husband is still serving, our middle daughter's husband served, and our son is still serving. A Big Thank-you to your son Christian, I heard you speak of him on a radio program this morning, and prompted me to do what I meant to do months ago which was get this letter to you. Bless you for all you have done for our troops, and Thank-You.

Sincerely;
Aggie ******
Mesa, AZ

Dear Packages From Home and Ms. Kathleen Lewis,

Hafa Adai (our native way in saying "Hello" or "Welcome") from our warm and beautiful island of Saipan! I write to you on behalf of my daughter. But, before I go any further, kindly allow ...me to briefly introduce myself first and share a little information about my family. My name is Marie, a proud mother to 5 beautiful children (23, 20, 16, 13 & 11) and one adorable 10 mo. old grand baby girl. I am married to an awesome partner and a great daddy, for over 18 years now; 27 yrs. all together. He was a prior service member with the U.S. Army in 1982. Both my husband and daughter (father-daughter team) are now service members with the Guam Army National Guard, and are currently deployed in Afghanistan. Although they are very far apart from each other, they are very close at heart.

Just now, I received a heartwarming message from my daughter that she had received two care packages filled with goodies and personal hygienes from your organization. She was very much surprised and very happy; touched and overwhelmed I must say. As her mother, I wish to personally thank you from the bottom of my heart for your act of kindness. With many of our deployed soldiers having to spend months away from families and friends, not to mention the upcoming holidays, can really take a toll on their morale. I know that opening those unexpected care packages is heartwarming - it is like opening a present. Thank you again for all that you do to provide needs to every single soldier and for simply making a soldier's day a little extra brighter. It is a great reminder that America is great and stand proud to support them all the way! This is the beautify of America that continue to prove that all our soldiers are not forgotten.

Thank you once again for the surprise care packages you sent to our daughter. We are forever grateful for your continued love and support for all soldiers! Attached, are pictures I would like to share with you.

Sincerely & Respectfully,

Marie