Thursday, March 26, 2009

Packing Party follow up

The last of the boxes go out today. We are sending 11 flat rate boxes to 3 bases in Iraq. I know Camp Spechier is in Tikrit, then the Easter candy is going to Balad- this is a surprise for Chaplain Shay Worthy who does't know about the shipment. Also I found some Easter Bunny Ears at walmart and included them in with the Candy eggs.
The remainder are also going somewhere in Iraq.

If you can please remember these Chaplains:
Cpt. Shay Worthy
Cpt.Tim Crawley
Ryan Tuazon -Chaplain's asst.

These are the heroes who will be getting all of our stuff. If we hear back, I promise to let you know.

Thank you for all of your help. Just think how much fun our soldiers will have on an Easter Egg hunt in Iraq!


Monday, March 23, 2009

Special Cards for the Troops

Here's an example of the photo cards that I made during the "packing party."

Here are some photos of the meeting on Saturday, March 21.

Great meeting and fun activity

I know many of you were unable to attend our meeting. We missed you and we had a BLAST working on our soldier's angels project for the chaplains. We have a total of 11 flat rate boxes going to Iraq and Afghanistan filled with goodies and letters of support for our troops. It was a great project, one we'll try to do quarterly.

An update for everyone... our next meeting is the Saturday after Easter weekend. We're switching things up a bit by going to the museum of patriotism. We're meeting up to carpool at the pub at 10am, or you can meet us there. There is a specific place to park for $5. Stay tuned for more details. We encourage you to bring your spouse, kids, friends, neighbors and liberals.

We are also planning a Saturday USO volunteer day. We're going to try to do this in May. When we have locked down a date, we'll let you know.

Finally, Bill Bennett, Dennis Prager and Hugh Hewitt will be at the Cobb Energy Center on May 19th. Anyone interested in going as a group should contact me. Single tickets are 65 dollars, group tickets look to be around $55.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

SMIA Meeting Saturday 3/20- Soldier's Angels project

Greetings all.
We're having our monthly SMIA Atlanta chapter meeting at O'Terrill's pub Saturday at 9am. We're channeling positive energy and love for our troops by working on a project for Soldier's Angels. We'll be making goodie bags, cards and writing letters of appreciation which will be send to the chaplains in harm's way. The chaplains use these materials to minister to and comfort soldiers.

We're looking for: candy, snacks, easter candy, plastic eggs, fake grass, small toys, water guns, water balloons, gum, playing cards, hygiene items (including female items), toothbrush, tooth paste, floss, OTC meds, sunscreen, neosporin, gold bond, anti fungal cream, visine, stationary, envelopes, pens/ pencils and laundry detergent.

Also, we'll be making cards, so construction paper, scissors, glue, stickers, crafting or scrap booking tools.

Go to to learn more about the many wonderful ways to get involved with this organization.

The Chaplains are under a lot of pressure from the new administration to leave God out of their job. They are being very creative in ways to engage soldiers and bring in the comfort of religion. Some are asking for DVDs for movie & a message night, some are asking for blow pops or tootsie pops which they pass out to soldiers before they go out in the field. The soldiers know the "God pops" come from the Chaplains, who get them from volunteers back home. The pops help keep them awake and alert in the field, and they're used to make friends with children who often alert the soldiers to IEDs. It's amazing what a Tootsie pop can do. It just goes to show you that a simple gesture like ours will directly impact the lives of many soldiers who will know that they are loved and supported not only by the American People, but more importantly, by a higher power.

SMIA Atlanta has many great things in the works. We're working on a Tour of the Museum of Patriotism, and a volunteer day with the USO. Please join us in supporting our troops this Saturday at 9am.