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donna in wv    Posted 03-26-2003 at 06:56:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
can someone explain to me why the youth group at chuch had to pay 146 dollars to mail care packages to our servicemen.? i don't mind paying when i sent something to one of my own but these were to any serviceman in the 101st airborne[project adopt ]i just think that goodwill packages ought to be sent free to these boys. OR is there a way to do this the kids don't know about.?anybody got an idea?

Clipper    Posted 03-28-2003 at 07:41:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never met ya but sure wish there were more like you. God Bless....

Alvin-Va    Posted 03-26-2003 at 08:45:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Donna,your youth group is to be commended for it's actions, sounds like a great bunch,just wondering about something tho.With everything and everybody moving so fast over there,wonder when or if the packages will ever catch up with the soldiers they were mailed to.
Maybe another idea that would help their moral and showed we care.
A radio station in our area is sponsering a program to help the families of the troops that were called up.They are asking for donations of food, or money to buy necessary items for families that are suffering a hardship because a family member is not there.
I know how good it feels to get a box of three week old cookie crumbs from 'home'.It would feel equally as good to get a letter from home telling me that, we are being cared for and don't worry about us, plenty of time for the goodies when you return.
I have to take the Misses shopping this evening,plan to pick up a couple extra bags of non-perishable stuff and find a few dollars to help the cause.
Another plus,the $146 could possibly do more good going to a family tham it would going to the Post Office.
Check around,there may be some groups in your area doing this.

Just a thought.

donna in wv    Posted 03-26-2003 at 14:20:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
great idea! i'll find a way to get the packages mailed but your idea is a great idea for our couples group to work on .the other project belongs to the kids but who says we can only have one project at church

Tom A    Posted 03-26-2003 at 07:56:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
You gotta understant the problem right now is that *every* available military plane and ship is packed carrying war supplies, so other stuff (even some supplies) has to go civilian (read that 'not free').

The amount of supplies needed to keep a military force alive and fighting is staggering--figure everything from toothpaste to water to spare parts to bombs (which are always packed really really well!). We don't have enough military transport to get the urgent stuff there, so even the military has to prioritize what goes when. And the military budget isn't big enough to pay for this kind of thing.

So chalk it up as part of the cost of doing a good deed for the troops. They do appreciate it--any second that they're not scared out of their wits, they are bored to tears! So anything from "the real world" is greatly appreciated.

Thanks for thinking of them. May God Bless the USA.
Tom A

Ron/PA    Posted 03-26-2003 at 07:48:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Donna, how far are you from a military base? I'm not sure how it is today, but it the early 70's my family could drop packages at Ft. Indiantown Gap. and they were shipped practically for free.

Old Sarge    Posted 03-26-2003 at 07:13:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Not an expert on postal laws. BUT if your church has a Non-Profit organization mailing set up, they would go at a reduced rate. Have you church check into it. My Church has one and sends out newsletters to all members for about $.17 each.

donna in wv    Posted 03-26-2003 at 07:16:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
great suggestion THANKS

DeadCarp    Posted 03-26-2003 at 07:04:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd ask the pastor - some members are more active and wealthier and what not, and some pastors get frustrated or a little carried away. Here in Mn, when a young couple's house burned down, the community pitched in & built them a new one. Same problem came up in California, and all they got was $300 from a pancake breakfast. Places are different.

donna in wv    Posted 03-26-2003 at 07:15:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
kids came to me and hubby and i footed the first bill and convinced the in-laws to cover next week and they figure to get somebody else in the family for the following weeks.if the kids are willing to take the time we will find the money and the church general fund is willing to step in any week we can't find a volunteer but i guess i'm just fustrated at spending the money on mailing it instead of on stuff for them .why isn't the government making available a way for us to help?

Cathy in Oregon    Posted 03-26-2003 at 11:50:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It is so hard these days to do a good deed!!
What I would do is get the press involved in this. These days people are accually shocked to see young people wanting to do good things and I have a feeling that if you got the news or a radio station or two to get involved then you could find someone to sponcer these packages!
It is worth a shot. These young people should be commended for thinking of someone else besides themselves!

donna in wv    Posted 03-26-2003 at 14:24:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
quinwood is a small town but you gave one of the kids a good idea. they are going to some of the bigger stores in rainelle the next town and ccollect for postage as we speak they are in my garage making signs explaining what they are doing . many thanks for the idea

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