1) Donate Financially - Our greatest need is cash for our mailing costs. With no paid staff and donated warehouse space, we strive to maximize the use of donations. We are a 501(c)(3) charity, so your gifts are tax deductible. We accept checks to Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas, P.O. Box 116691, Carrollton, TX 75011. You can donate via our mobile website - m.airborneangelcadets.com, or via credit card through our Click and Pledge account.
Just wanted to let you know that we got five boxes yesterday! Talk about some happy campers here. I don’t think they even care what is in the packages. They just like getting mail! The contents were very well thought out! We are very appreciative ... You and your group are amazing and wonderfully thoughtful.
On behalf of the Marines and Sailors of CLB-7 I would like to extend our biggest thank you to all the Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas and volunteers. The support that you send reminds us all that there are many dedicated supporters back at home that take time to put together such loving care packages.
... Knowing that there are organizations like yours that care about the Marines and Sailors forward reminds them that they have a greater purpose and keeps them focused on the mission and working to return everyone home safely.
God Bless and Semper Fi,
102.9 NOW and 106.1 KISS FM are partnering with Sony Pictures to host a "Military Goodie Bag" drive where listeners can bring by goods prior to the Heaven is for Real screening on April 14. Several Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas will be volunteering at the donation drop off tables.
The inspirational film is based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name. The cast includes Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Connor Corum, Margo Martindale, and Thomas Haden Church.
We received your box yesterday… We love everything!! I want to extend my most sincere appreciation for all the support to the Troops deployed in Afghanistan, specially to the 303rd MI BN out of Ft. Hood, Texas. My team it’s very grateful ... Again, thank you for your support and we will have you and your team in our prayers! Best Regards, SGT WP (Bagram, Afghanistan)
|303rd MI Battalion from Fort Hood celebrating with care package goods|
Dear Nancy and friends,
... I am currently forward deployed to Camp Leatherneck Afghanistan as part 3D Marine Air Wing (Forward), ... Recently my Marines received a package from your organization. I wanted to personally extend my gratitude for your support. Although I am not sure how your package made its way to us, the simple fact that good, hardworking people back home took the time show their support for us does wonders for the many young Marines and Sailors I work with. Many of them are on their first deployment, with the average age being around 21. Your small gesture motivates them, raises their spirits, and encourages them. So, thank you for your support. (Major MS)
Thank you very much for the support you have shown us over the past several months. My Soldiers greatly appreciated it. Please extend our gratitude to those within your organization.
CSM, Task Force Guardian
Email from Army Chaplain Assistant:
"On behalf of the soldiers of the 365th Engineer Battalion in Afghanistan, I would like to personally thank you for all that you do. Our time is winding down in Afghanistan now but we still have troops that will be here for a while. We do our jobs better because of the support from home. Please remember our troops on the front lines who have died and have been wounded in action, as well as those who have been missing in action for some time. Thank you again. ... God bless."
Email from Marine in Afghanistan:
"I received boxes for the Marines the other day thank you very much, pictures to follow. The marines will really enjoy all the snacks and chow you sent, thank you very much. Semper fi, MJ"
Email from our Coast Guard contact in Afghanistan:
"ALL OF USE ARE TRYING TO EAT HEALTHY AND WORKOUT REGULARLY IF YOU HAVE SUPPLEMENTS OR WORK OUT GEAR THAT WOULD BE APPRECIATED, TOILETRIES, TOWELS ANYTHING IS APPRECIATED ... YES WE CAN USE (twin) SHEET SETS.
(PX) NOT VERY WELL STOCKED HIT OR MISS."
As to product donations, some of the items that are high on our care package wish list include:
- Toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss
- Deodorant, lip balm, eye drops, bandaids, tampons, foot powder
- Lotions, body wash, soap, shampoo
- Razors, non-aerosol shave gel, small tissue packs
- Lays Stax chips, Pringles, nuts, sunflower seeds
- Powdered coffee creamer, sugar packs, coffee
- Squeezable jelly in plastic containers, powdered drink mixes
- Shelf stable microwavable dinners (Hormel Compleats, etc.)
- Beef jerky, crackers
- Plain white or black socks for men/women
- Twin sheet sets (darker colors preferred), air fresheners
The list is not meant to be comprehensive. Below are some recent notes from American troops in Afghanistan to the Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas.
"The Marines are currently in need of snack food like beef jerky, granola bars, and tuna packets. The operations we conduct require us to be light, so we carry snack type food to sustain ourselves in helicopter operations and foot patrols where weight matters."
"If you get a chance throw in a couple of SURE deodorants"
"our BX shelves are getting empty and no new trucks are suppose to be coming anytime soon. Is there anyway you could send a box or two of bars of soap"
"Our female population is probably around 300. Many more men. We have Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, civilians, contractors, locals all working on base. We have five working dogs here that would LOVE treats I'm sure."