From the FRONT: 24 Aug

Greetings! I wanted to let you know that I got the package you sent that included the cigars, coffee, cookies, and other snacks. As before, it is hard to describe how uplifting it is to get a package from people you’ve never met, but appreciate what you do. I’ll tell ya, I loved those plantain chips (Goya Foods). I opened one of those bags intending to eat just a few, and I think I ate the whole bag in one sitting. So between those and the Girl Scout cookies (which you can also eat more of than you realize), there are some dangerous snacks in there. Fortunately, there was also a set of workout bands (TRX) in that package too, so I have no excuse to burn off those calories. Now that is worth its weight in gold. Just about everyone uses deployment to get in better shape, so a set of exercise equipment that you can pack up and take with you to some of these outstations that don’t have much is great. That will definitely get passed around.

I’m also sincerely grateful for the Peeps you sent (his wife – name redacted). She was very pleasantly surprised and she ate about half a package during our periodic Impractical Jokers watch party. Our families have it much tougher than we do. For example, our pet cockatiel passed away recently, and I hate that she had to deal with that on her own. The challenges of homelife don’t change, the families just have more of the burden to bear without us there. But random acts of kindness, like your package, can turn a hard day around. Thank you so much for looking out for her. She’s my world, and I am extremely grateful that I got to see her smile when you sent her that package.

I’m pretty good about sharing packages with the others, but I will need to do better sharing those Plantain chips in the future. 😊 v/r. David