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Thinking of the Military Protecting Us Far from Home for the Holidays....

This is a news letter from a group that we have supported for sometime. We love what they do for our Troops all year long. If you are looking for a small way to help thank our service men and women, or one in particular, to let them know they are not forgotten, you may like to send a goodie box too.  Oh yes, they share!!




This is from a dear Navy Veteran, Scott Raab, who has spent a great deal of time in the past few days answering questions we had about the organization and its ongoing missions--all A-OK:

Troops Risk Their Lives For Us
Don't They Deserve Our Thanks

There are over 24,000 American troops still in Afghanistan, and over the weekend Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel revealed plans to leave 1,000 additional troops due to an increase in Taliban attacks.

Those troops will spend the holiday season fighting the Taliban and fighting to stabilize the war torn country so that it will never again be a training and staging ground for attacks on the U.S. These brave men and women won't be home or with their families for the holidays, they'll be spending Christmas protecting our freedoms.

 

Our brave men and women in the military will be spending their Christmas protecting 
our safety and need our prayers and deserve a special 'Holiday Thank You'

While we fill out our Christmas wish lists, many of our troops are thankful for just being alive because they realize that not all that serve are so lucky.  They are fully aware of the risks they take and dangers they face every day, but do so willingly for our safety.  For this, they deserve a small token of our appreciation around the holidays.
 
The holidays are the loneliest time of the year for many people serving in a normal capacity, but imagine if you are serving in the military thousands of miles from home in a foreign land. While many members of our military have supportive and loving families that send them stuff throughout the year, many do not and get very lonely, especially during the holidays.
 

We've heard over and over again from military men and women that the care package they received from us was the only piece of mail or support they have received all year and it meant the world to them. 
 

Santa helping to deliver our care packages along with Operation Care

We also continually hear that our troops really appreciate the great items that we include in our care packages, but the most appreciated item is the personalized letter from YOU that you can fill out and thank them for their service or let them know you support them.

Please help us bring a little holiday cheer to our brave men and women of the military by sending them support from home today--it might be the only mail they get all year.  

Think about how lonely it can get for our troops in Afghanistan, many are on isolated bases where they cannot easily keep in contact with their families back home. Some troops hardly ever receive mail from home, some troops sadly never get anything, 

Around Christmas time, our troops miss their families more than ever. They sacrifice that time with their families in order to protect us, but sometimes they still get homesick. 



 

All Donations are Tax Deductible
Please make all checks payable to "Move America Forward"

Donations by Check Can be Sent To:
ATTN: Scott Raab
Move America Forward
8795 Folsom Blvd. Suite 103
Sacramento, CA 95826

To sign up a deployed servicemember to receive a care package or 
to request care packages if you are a deployed servicemember, visit
www.moveamericaforward.org or call 
(916) 441-6197
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Update: Here are some great photos of the 750 packages shipping to our troops from this MAF/Move America Forward group...and their newsy details:

Care Packages Shipping Today!
Last Chance to Send Support!

It's crunch time! We have only three days left before Christmas, the most important holiday of the year for most Americans.

Today the Post Office is picking up over 750 care packages for the troops on the front lines. This is the last shipment we will be able to make before Christmas. These care packages will arrive just in time, maybe on Christmas Day or perhaps a few days later, but the impact will be the same. Our troops need to know that we support them!

The holidays are the toughest time of the year for our deployed troops, when they can't be at home for the holidays to spend this special time with their friends and families.

Here are some great photos of our 750 care packages shipping right now!

(top & bottom... care packages are placed in USPS cages in front of the building)

(top ...labeling boxes for shipping    bottom ...local tv news showed up)

(top...MAF's Scott Raab being interviewed   bottom... boxes fill up the post office cages)

It's not too late to be a part of this! Make a donation RIGHT NOW and you can still get your care packages sent today, but hurry because time is running out to support the troops!

You might be surprised how many troops write back to us saying that the care package we sent was the only mail
 they had received all year.




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We have donated and so appreciate MAF's hard work and dedication to/for our Military.



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