UPDATE AS OF 6 OCT 09 1400 hrsAll winter knit hats have been donated10 sets of twin sheets have been donated30 pairs of shower shoes have been donated2 pairs of size Medium ACUs have been donated (even though we weren't asking for those but HOOAH)$325.00 in cash has been committedAbout 20 individuals and organizations have contacted me and are going to donate but I don't have specific items or amounts yet. Hope to have more info by end of day or tomorrow.A couple of people have inquired as to why we need to know what and how many items they are donating. The reason is because we want to keep up with the items to make sure we cover all they need and don't have excess in some areas and not enough in others. I will continue to update here as I get firm committments about what is being donated. Most of all we appreciate ALL of you for pitching in and working on this as a team with us. We will be "briefing" the CSM via email tonight. I will post his reply here (assuming he has time to respond).

From Cow Pastures to KosovoLike so many of you my heart has been heavy since the news of the attacks on our posts in Afghanistan on Saturday. The families of the Fallen are first and foremost in my thoughts and prayers. May God give them strength and comfort as they prepare to lay their loved ones to rest and may they always know that there are many of us out here who will ALWAYS remember their sons, brothers, fathers and husbands.On another note, my great friend and troop support partner, Bob Connolly and I have been in direct contact with the unit's CSM after learning that the base was destroyed and the men lost all of their belongs except the clothes on their backs. The Army is working to replace uniforms for the men. But they need assistance with other personal items. And they NEED TO KNOW that we are thinking about them over here, too.Please contact me IMMEDIATELY to help fill their "needs" list below.Socks (both white socks and winter wool hiking socks)MED - 24LG - 22XL - 10Underwear (boxers and boxer briefsSM - 3MED - 30LG - 21XL - 2tshirts (must be Army ACU tshirts - Army will issue for immediate need but extras are always helpful)SM - 3MED - 30LG - 21XL - 2PT shorts (or long pants) and shirtsSM - 3MED - 30LG - 21XL - 2Shower shoesMED - 24LG - 22XL - 10Towels, wash clothes, twin sheet sets, pillows, blankets (fleece)- Need 56 setsRazors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream - Need enough for 56 menRunning shoes - we are awaiting specific sizesThe above items are the "immediate" needs.Other suggestions are:balaclavas, knit caps to fit under helmets (dark colors), winter gloves (dark colors and preferably water proof)iPods, DVDs, MP3 players and movies, batteries, digital cameras.Please contact me ASAP via emial -tankerbabelc@gmail.com. We want to work to assure every Soldier is covered with basics first so it is important that we track the donated items. If you prefer to make a monetary donation I can give you information to do so.Bob is getting some goodie boxes out to them today just to let the know we are behind them. We need to get these other items in route ASAP.Many thanks!Tankerbabelc

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  • OPERATION CookieJar (< http://www.operationcookiejar.org/ >) has covered all of the 56 sets of toilet articles and bath towels. A few wash cloth's are on the way with more to come. Most of the sheets should also be on the way (subject to final count). WalMart is now putting out winter items (inexpensive blankets). It will be getting brutally cold over there by the minute (J`bad is fairly close to the Kyber Pass).
  • Will do what can - please also send shipping info === deb and joe
    • Log on to my WebSite < http://www.operationcookiejar.org/ > Click on the Packing, Shipping, Forms tab for general information. If you need help let me know. If you are not familiar with APO shipping get some help. It's a little different and a tiny bit complicated for a newcomer.

      I have an APO address but no authorization to pass on. We need to check with Tankerbabe first.
  • So all we need to do is contact Tankerbabe?
    • The list of immediate needs is posted on this site. Besides the urgent needs, these guys need other stuff. Please consider a regular Care Package as often as you can. There are some tricks to send things and cut the expenses. You can get more information off my WebSite < http://www.operationcookiejar.org/ >. If you have a specific question get in touch (me or Tankerbabe).

      There is a PayPal link on my WebSite and you can specify what you want your donation used for. I have a "Win A Shirt" program that is not up yet. Donate a Care Package and win a military theme T-shirt. You can wear the shirt or send it with your Care Package.
  • I sent in a donation, e-mailed Soldiers'Angels, They're in..whoo hoo.
  • Marines I've worked with always got their Care Packages OK. They might have ended up at another FOB but eventually, everythng ended up at the right place (that's when sending your fav K-9 home was a big deal). At Christmas `07, 40 some Christmas Boxes I sent to Mehtar Lam (A`stan) never showed up. Over $2000. worth of stuff just disappeared. I even had MP's in Bagram keeping any eye on things.
  • Just an FYI folks: Officers & enlisted in A`stan have asked (me) not to use rank or job title as a part of their mailing address. As sad as it is, some of those people over there are stealing stuff meant for our troops. Also, on your Customs Form, you might consider a re-direct address as; Commanding Ofc - Chaplain Corp (@ same TF & APO), just in case your favorite soldier isn't around.
    • It may not be 'over there' that things are being stolen.
      I sent two packages to a unit (revived A-Troop, my old unit) and tried to track the last one. (Don't know if they got the first one.) On-line stated 'Received at Post Office' two weeks after sending. Stopped by PO and checked. They went on their site. Same thing. She checked in back and said it wasn't there. Then was told 'Once the package gets into Military hands there is no way to track it.' It was tracked from my hand to theirs. PO workers 'Stole it.'??? I don't know. Did not insure it so no recourse to get value back. Next time I'll use a different PO.
  • Yep! Got in touch with Tankerbabe. OCJ will take care of all the toiletries for theses guys and will help out with additional stuff. In combat, there is no such thing as having too much! I have units at 09354 (Pale Horse) that are due to rotate this month. I'll just switch over to the guys at Bostick (Mountain Warrior). We'll fix`em up pronto, Tonto!
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