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Twenty Eight Neighbors Have Donated To Gulfcoast Gives Project for Manasota Operation Troop Support

Gulfcoastgives project needs to be fulfilled for our troops

The Gulfcoastgives.org project to help send boxes to our local deployed military troops in the Middle East has 28 donors. I am truly thankful for their generosity.

But I keep looking at that number: 28.  We have at least 60 troops deployed to the Middle East from Manatee and Sarasota Counties. And more troops go every week. Now, I know that more than 28 people care about our troops, so I assume this is a communication problem.  If people don't know, they can't give. So I am reposting this grant giving opportunity with the hopes that you readers will share it with all of your friends who might get their daily information from other sources.

Bradenton Patch readers are hometown readers. I'm counting on you all to help fulfill this grant for our Soldiers, Sailors, Coasties, Air Force and Marines!

CELEBRATING IN AFGHANISTAN INSTEAD OF FLORIDA

It is freezing in Afghanistan right now. A care package filled with hand warmers, socks, knitted caps, and blankets would be cherished by a troop serving in the Middle East. Holiday ornaments and cookies would be the icing on the cake! For the price of a $13 meal out, you can make a huge difference in the life of our local heroes. Believe us, they live for it and they deserve it.

Please go to https://www.gulfcoastgives.org/projects/888 and look at the project and see what you can do to make a big difference this holiday season for our troops far from home.

Linda Craig

Director, Manasota Operation Troop Support

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PROJECT COMMENTS

  • Linda CraigSAT, NOV 17, 2012

    Care packages to our troops are not only important during the holidays. Every day and every week a soldier does not know what lies around every corner. Having beef jerky tucked into their pockets along with extra socks, bandages, toothbrushes, foot powder, wet wipes and special mail from home can set the tone for any given day. The common mundane items that we take for granted in everyday life are like gold to them. I can't make political decisions about the war and i'm too old to serve. But I can make a difference in this basic way, by providing comfort items and hope from my community. For those of you who feel the same, I invite you to join us in our mission. Welcome to Manasota Operation Troop Support, a group that stands beside our warriors.

  • Linda CraigWED, NOV 21, 2012

    Thanks go out on this Thanksgiving eve to Betty and Joe Theo and Debbie and Terry Kilpatrick for kicking off this new project to keep care boxes going to our local troops serving in the Middle East this holiday season. No gift is so precious as the gift of hope, and that's what these care boxes are full of. Love and hope for the future. The knowledge and the affirmation that their service is valued and cherished. Freedom had never been free. These military men and women are putting their lives on the line every day. For us.

  • Linda CraigWED, NOV 21, 2012

    Thanks go out on this Thanksgiving eve to Betty and Joe Thro and Debbie and Terry Kilpatrick for kicking off this new project to keep care boxes going to our local troops serving in the Middle East this holiday season. No gift is so precious as the gift of hope, and that's what these care boxes are full of. Love and hope for the future. The knowledge and the affirmation that their service is valued and cherished. Freedom had never been free. These military men and women are putting their lives on the line every day. For us.

  • Linda CraigSAT, DEC 01, 2012

    A big "HOOAH" goes out to Larry Luberecki for keeping this grant on the right track, "Forward March!" I hope it's an inspiration for more people to get in step as the holiday season us approaching quickly and I have 50 dozen home made cookies donated to send to local deployed troops this week!

  • Linda CraigTUE, DEC 04, 2012

    A big THANK YOU goes out to our Anonymous donors who donated to or program for the troops this Christmas! We are receiving some very heartfelt thank you letters from troops this week so we know our last round of boxes are reaching their Middle East destinations. They love all of the mail and cards and are sending photos of them taped up on their walls. And they always say they are sharing with their friends. These boxes do have a special mission that truly lifts the spirits of our military. Thank you to all who are helping.

  • Linda CraigTUE, DEC 04, 2012

    Another $25 anonymous donation, thank you so much! We're inching up there towards our goal. Please share this project with a friend who might like to help our cause. Freedom is not free, and neither is postage. Our troops deserve some extra special love from home. Let's not let them down.

  • Linda CraigWED, DEC 05, 2012

    One more donation from Anonymous! Thank you for caring and sharing with our local deployed troops this holiday season. I've just enrolled three women soldiers into our program, so there will be some sweet smelling soaps and hair ties headed out in those care packages this month!

  • Linda CraigFRI, DEC 07, 2012

    Thank you, Regina Mann for taking us even closer to our goal! As we all prepare for our annual holiday rituals we have men and women wearing camouflage, far from home, dreaming of their last visit and celebration with their families. They do it by choice and they do it for us.

  • Linda CraigSUN, DEC 09, 2012

    Anonymous has done it again! Thank you so much, whoever you are, for reaching out to touch a troop. Their lives are so drastically altered once they set foot on that flight to the Middle East. The smallest things that we take for granted are transformed into something very special for them. Hope. Whether it is wet wipes or snicker doodles, it is the grandest of gifts to them. They know they have not been forgotten.

  • Linda CraigMON, DEC 10, 2012

    Thank you to our latest donor! The "Anonymous Club" is a generous club! It is inspiring to see so many people who truly care about the welfare of our deployed troops. One troop returned from Afghanistan today and sent me a quick text to say how much our boxes from home meant to him every month. He especially liked the Slim Jims! Easy for us to pick up at the gas station or grocery store, but a surprise delicacy in a cardboard box delivered by the U.S. Postal Service for him!

  • Linda CraigTUE, DEC 11, 2012

    Thank you again! To the person who donated to our troops today, a sincere thank you. A very sincere thank you for caring for our military.

  • Linda CraigWED, DEC 12, 2012

    Charlene Bing, you're a sweetheart! Thank you so much for donating to our project for the troops. Six more military troops were added to our local deployed troop list this week. Yes, we are still at war and there are brave souls walking a path that you or I might not be able to. Thank you for helping to honor them.

  • Linda CraigWED, DEC 12, 2012

    Anonymous donation of $12 on 12/12/12, I love it! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Linda CraigTHU, DEC 13, 2012

    The Anonymous family donates again! They are a generous family! Thank you for sharing and caring for our military troops, it is deeply appreciated.

  • Linda CraigFRI, DEC 14, 2012

    David Cerone is our latest donor! Thank you so much for caring for our troops, they are so appreciative. Every cookie is savored, every candy bar tastes sweeter when you're far away from home. Thank you, David.

  • Linda CraigSUN, DEC 16, 2012

    Thank you, Danielle, for donating to this project for our troops! At the packing party for the troops on Saturday we had a warehouse full of people and boxes and holiday cheer. Busy hands were picking out cookies, beef jerky, canned pasta, Ramen noodles, hand knitted caps and more, packing as much"home" as they could into a box. It was awesome and humbling. Thank you for helping us serve our military.

  • Linda CraigSUN, DEC 16, 2012

    Jesse strikes again! One of our generous deployed troops is determined to see this project through. He is my special hero today. Thank you for ALL that you do, Jesse. Linda Craig

  • Linda CraigMON, DEC 17, 2012

    A big HOOAH goes out to Barbara Lefton for keeping our project rolling! 103 boxes were packed on Saturday and they are full of boring things like toothbrushes, socks and chapstick. But they are also filled with Scooby Doo Snacks, Pudding Cups, Famous Amos Chocolate Chip cookies, Peanut Butter, Skittles, Beanie Weenies, Starbucks coffee, Canned Ravioli and Trail Mix. We can't do it without help from people like you, so "thank You" Barbara.

  • Linda CraigWED, DEC 19, 2012

    Thank you to our latest donor to this project for our troops!! I think with more folks like you stepping up we will be able to fulfill this grant by Christmas! You deserve a big "HOOAH!"

  • Linda CraigTHU, DEC 20, 2012

    Add Judy Cahn to Santa's NICE list for donating to the troops project! Thank you so much for carrying and sharing with our military deployed far from home this holiday season!

  • Linda CraigTHU, DEC 20, 2012

    Patti, thanks for keeping this project rocking on! I hope you know how much it means to go to the mail call tent or get a notice that tells you to come to the mail call office and find a slightly battered box of hometown love. I'm told it's the best feeling in the whole world by many troops!

  • Linda CraigFRI, DEC 21, 2012

    Thank you, Darlene, for your gift of love to our troops! It doesn't take much to make a deployed military man or woman happy.....socks?YAHOO!.....Pringles? MAN, YOU'RE LUCKY!.......cookies? You're gonna share, right? It's the little things.

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK.

DONATE 29 NEIGHBORS HAVE GIVEN

  • Jesus Mares $250
  • LTC Terry & Mrs. Debra Kilpatrick $50
  • Anonymous $25
  • Judy Cahn $25
  • Anonymous $25
  • Joe and Betty Thro $25
  • Anonymous $25
  • Anonymous $25
  • Anonymous $25
  • barbara lefton $25
  • Larry Luberecki $25
  • Anonymous $25
  • Anonymous $25
  • Anonymous $25
  • David Cerone $25
  • Anonymous $25
  • Anonymous $25
  • Anonymous $25
  • Anonymous $25
  • Darlene Porter $25
  • Anonymous $25
  • Anonymous $25
  • Patti $25
  • Danielle Hardman $25
  • regina mann $25
  • Anonymous $25
  • Anonymous $25
  • Charlene Bing $25
  • Anonymous $12

Please go to https://www.gulfcoastgives.org/projects/888 and look at the project and see what you can do to make a big difference this holiday season for our troops far from home.

Linda Craig

Director, Manasota Operation Troop Support

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