Some of our "Thank You" notes

We have decided not to post the pictures of the soldiers that were included with these letters to insure the privacy and saftey of the individuals

Mrs. Buckley,

My name is Maurice. I'm here in Iraq supporting the 10th Moutain Division, and was fortunate enough to receive one of your care boxes. I just wanted to send my personal thanks to you, your family and all other supporters of us in the fight we're currently in. The contents of the boxes were amazing but I'm more thankful for the love and thought put into them. I cant speak for the rest of the guys, but I trully thank you and your supporters for what you do for us. May God bless you all and once again I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sincerely,

Maurice

Kathy,

    I can’t thank you enough for all you folks do for the military. We were forward deployed to the gulf onboard the USS Enterprise and your care packages had put a huge smiles on my troops faces. I really am inspired by people like you that devote your time to us taking time away from your family and loved ones. Once again I can’t say enough about how lucky we are to have people like you in this world caring for your military men and women. I myself have been in for 17 years and I have never gotten a care package from someone I didn’t know. I will leave you with this, Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you do it makes our lives on this large tin can easier.

ROBERT

A service man that enjoys defending OUR countries freedoms.

 

Kathy, I have no words to express my appreciation for what you have done for us during this deployment to Iraq. Many soldiers, including my self, were very fortunate to have you and all the people that work with you in bringing a little a piece of or Country to our mailrooms....Thank you very much for making our stay in Iraq more pleasant. God bless you all.

Sincerely,

SSG Morales

Dear Kathy,

Thank you so very much for the wonderful work that you do for our brave Americans in the military. You are an unbelievably kind and generous person. We need a world full of people like you. Last Christmas I was absolutely thrilled when I received a beautiful Christmas card with a beautiful Christmas message on it from USMC SSGT W. D. L. I was so surprised that he took time out of his busy day to thank me for his Christmas package which you so kindly forwarded to him. Thank God for people like you! Enclosed is my check & a card to another brave soldier.

Sincerely,
Betty

Dear Members of Military Mom in Action,

I felt compelled to write & thank you for your continuing support for those of us deployed overseas. I am an Army nurse & I recently just redeployed back to the States. I had the opportunity to serve @ the Air Force base @ Camp **** and learned about your organization there. Everyone - the staff, injured, wounded, sick - all benefited from your generosity & thoughtfulness. Thank you so much - it helped us keep our focus & enabled us to do our best serving our fellow servicemen & women. God bless you for all that you do.

Sincerely,
1Lt Rhonda

          

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"Your emails and packages were always a welcomed sight. It was a terrific distraction to take a break in the day and read your mail and open your goodies. On behalf of the 357, thank you for your service to our soldiers."

You had Kathy Buckley add me to a list to receive care packages? Thanks! My soldiers thank you too. I shared my care package with them as well. I think I will have her add them to the list. They are so excited. Your made our day!

1st LT


Thank you so much for your incredible generosity. Your packages really brightened my days in the desert. I especially enjoyed reading the personal letters. Please let your supporters know how nice those were to receive. Thanks again!

(Captain)


Mrs. Buckley,

I wanted to thank you for the packages that you have sent to me! They are greatly appreciated! However, I will be heading home shortly and wanted to let you know that I will no longer need them. I will pass on information about your organization to the units replacing us here. They are already starting to show up and should be completely moved in within the next few weeks. Once again I thank you so much for your time and efforts.

(Sergeant)

Kathy,

I am very sorry that I haven't responded sooner, my only lame excuse is that we have been preparing for and going through the process of turning over our responsibilities to our replacements. I can't begin to tell you how much your packages have meant to me and my Marines while we were over here, I can honestly say that I looked forward every week to another box full of goodies to help me make it through the week. I know that there were lots of people whose time and efforts made possible the awesome packages that you sent out, please pass on my heartfelt thanks to them for all that they do in support of the men and women in the military serving overseas. My replacement is a Master Sergeant in the Marine Corps and has served over 20 years now and will retire when he returns to the states in the spring of next year. I will include his email address in this email so you can contact him and see if he has any Marines that could use the inspiration and support that your packages always provided me. thank you so very much for what you've done to make this deployment easier for myself and more importantly for my Marines.

(Chief Warren Officer)

Mrs Buckley,
04 AUG 04

Hello from Kuwait. I have received quite a few packages from you and I just have to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Im sorry it took my so long to get in touch with you but as you probably understand we don’t get much free time over here to get on the internet and email and such things. Though I must say I do have it better than my fellow service men and women just a few miles north of me in Iraq. My base is the closest Air Force Base to Iraq but we are in Kuwait. Things are much quieter down here but we do most of the support of all of our people up in Iraq. I guess I should tell you a little about myself. I am 20 years old. I just celebrated my first year in the Air Force on the 20th of May this year. I have been over here for about 130 days now. I get to go home in about 45 days or so, so needless to say I'm getting very excited. I am stationed at Moody AFB back in the states. I love sports and I love music. I am learning to play an acoustic guitar while I'm over here. Well, I guess that’s enough about me. I just want you to know that I appreciate everything you do for me and for all of the other troops that your group does for me and my fellow troops over-seas. I have spoken to my mother over the phone and told her about receiving packages from you and she was so elated about you program and told me to tell you how thankful she is that there are other mothers out there that support us. By the way do you have a son or daughter that is serving? I wasn’t sure and I didn't remember reading it in any of your letters. I have to say I love everything that you send in the packages. Even if I can't eat all of it my friends around me are sure to offer their services of eating anything I don't. What you are doing really is making and impact. I thank God that we have people like yourself back home that we are defending that show their gratitude for what we are doing. Well my time is almost up. Again, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! I hope this email gets to you and I hope to hear back from you. I have also attached a picture of myself so that you know who is receiving your blessings. thanks again and God bless you!

(Airman 1st Class)

Hi Kathy!

First I would like to thank you and all the others involved in your efforts to support those that are deployed, where ever they may be. I know that I look forward to your packages, most of all your mint cookies, myself and those that I get to share them with, love them just as much as I do. I would also like to apologize for not writing more often, you have been so supportive and I haven't even said thank you, and for that I am sorry. I will try and get to the computer more often, it's easier for me to write emails than it is to write letters. I once again thank you for all of your support for us that are over here. I'll give you a little bit of insight on how things are over here. Most of the troops are doing well, and then there are those that are not. I have to say first that there are so many things that I can talk about...I'm not sure where to start... It personally helps me to know that there are people in the states that support us and yes we are helping a nation of people that have been oppressed for not just this century, but for thousands of years. I do enjoy doing my job, right now. I am a Bradley gunner, I'm not sure how to explain a Bradley, I'm sure you've seen them on the t.v. We have three different cycles over here in my unit. One week is post protection, my company provides security for the post, 2nd is vehicle maintenance, and third is when we go out and do PR missions, work with the Iraqi police and show all the locals that we have a strong presence and that we are in control. That one is the best out of the three, when we go out there and we get to do what we came here for. My motivation if pretty high all the time, I'm usually in good spirits. Of course there are those days where I'm down and out, that’s to be expected. I am extremely looking forward to getting leave in about two months, and so are the rest of us that have not gotten it yet. We are supposed to be out of here by mid to late January, and back in Germany 12 February, and not a moment to soon. I'm not sure if you know, but this is my second time over here, I was here for the beginning of the war last year. I came back and went to a different unit, and six months later...well...here I am...oh well, what I am gonna do right? We have only about 5 months left here, and I am scheduled to be out of the Army this time next year. It's time for me to go to college and start my life. The Army has done many great things for me, I've been all over the world, and met some incredible people, but I'm to young to commit myself to a career yet. My best friend and I are going to live in Lake Tahoe and go to school together. I'm not sure what I'm going for, but that's part of going to college I guess, to see what you like, and see what is interesting. Well, I must end this here, time for work...again...thank you for all the things that you and everyone does for us, tell them I said hi.

Thanks Moms in Action,

Oh my gosh it feels so good to receive a package...( especially a package full of snacks). I wish I could show you how much my friends and I appreciate this package. I guess the 1LT is probably tired of sharing her snacks.. hahaha! Is there anything that I can do to help? I am here for another year. I know a whole lot of soldiers who'd be more than grateful to receive such a package. I work in the mail room and all I hear is, "Do I have mail?" Here are their names and when they leave: (nine names given to us.)

Thanks again from: Private First Class

Dear Kathy,

I want to thank you for the support and tell yo how great it is what you are doing. This is very difficult for me, leaving my husband and children behind but support from people like you makes a world of difference. Thank you again, what you do is wonderful!

Sergeant First Class

Hey There Mrs. Kathy Buckley,

Just wanted to write and thank you for the care packages that you are sending. I really appreciate it. I share the contents of the packages with my fellow soldiers and they thank you too! Thank you for supporting us troops over here in Iraq and all over the world. We are just doing what we are trained to do and that is to protect your freedom and to make you feel safe at night. God Bless.

Specialist

Mrs. Buckley,

Hello from Kuwait. I have received quite a few packages from you and I just have to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I'm sorry it took so long to get in touch with you but as you probably understand, we don't have much free time over here to get on the internet and email and such things. I just wanted you to know that I appreciate everything you do for me and for all of the other troops that your group does for over seas. I have spoken to my mother over the phone and told her about receiving packages from you and she was so elated about your program and told me to tell you how thankful she is that there are other mothers out there that support us. I have to say, I love everything that you send in the packages. Even if I can't eat all of it, my friends around me are sure to offer their services of eating anything I don't. What you are doing really is making an impact. I thank God that we have people like yourself back home that we are defending, that show their gratitude for what we are doing. Well my time is almost up. Again, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! Thanks again and God bless you!

xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Airman 1st Class

My name is xxxxxx xxxxxxxxx, I wrote you by snail mail before, but never through e-mail. Just writing to say thats for all you are doing, I included some pictures that you can use for your website, or just for a laugh. I live in NY, in xxxxxxxxxxxx just above NYC. I am attached to the 27th Brigade National Guard out of NY...Thanks again for your support, and the goldfish and rice krispies :-)

Too far from home,

Specialist xxxxxxxxxx