2015 Presents get packed thanks to generous volunteers!
Happily delivered to Hanscom AFB to be shipped out to the front lines
2008 – Delivery to Hanscom Air Force Base
2013 – Delivery to Hanscom Air Force Base
2014 – Delivery to Hanscom Air Force Base
Hanscom Air Force Base
Making sure the cat doesn’t end up shipped is the challenge!
The Kind help of Turner Construction staff and Paul Mertens – packing 150 packages
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The happy packing gang of 2016 – 235 packages ready to go!
Delivered to Hanscom Air Force Base for trans-shipment to our front lines.
2018 Elves packing 200 more packages for the troops – thank you Turner Construction and Darn Tough socks for the ongoing tradition!
More elves at Hanscom Air Force Base help with the unloading and the logistics outbound, thank you!
Since 2008, we have been putting together Christmas packages for troops serving in the front lines who do not have anyone back home. Each year, Hanscom Air force Base has kindly shipped our packages to Chaplains in the field to distribute to soldiers that they have noted are in need of moral support.
Being a child of the 60’s growing up in a College town, I can’t say I support war as a solution to anything, but the soldiers serving are another matter. As said, old men send young men to war. My cousin went to Vietnam and several “tours” left him wounded and a different man. In his memory, we see just how many packages we can get done in our living room.
Through the process of talking to vendors and donors, we find what we do is an outlet for many people who wanted to do something but did not have an outlet and hear all kind of tales such as a father at SmartWool socks telling of his son training for Special Forces to go to Yemen and of a marine who had bathed twice in in a seven month tour, a note back from 15 Marines guarding the Iraqi Embassy enjoying our gift packages and can feel the commonality of the pain that war spreads over families and hope our tiny effort “makes someone’s day” in a place none of us would ever want to visit in a circumstance that no one should ever be placed.
We want to thank all the kind people at Turner Construction who have donated time and materials to help and to all the vendors who have given us discounts, free materials…
Our goal for this project is to be happily put out of business but as long as there are troops in harm’s way, we will be there for them. As there are over 30,000 troops staying Afghanistan and many others serving in Syria and the region as “advisers”, the 2018 troop drive was a success with your kind financial support.