From the FRONT: 1 July

“Thank you very much for the care packages we received yesterday!   It felt like Christmas in July.   The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, as we were all feeling tired, and stressed.   It’s wonderful to know that we are in the hearts and minds of great people such as yourselves. Thank you for the pick-me-up!” — Jessica


From the FRONT: 14 Jun

“Today, 14June2020, I received the “Adopt A Soldier Platoon” care package and I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude to all of you!   Thank you all for your individual contributions to this gift.   It means more to me than you will ever know.   I received the box on the Army’s 245th birthday, so my squad and I decided to sample some items from the box in celebration.   Everyone in my squad is more than grateful!   It is my honor to serve our great nation, and people like you guys make it all worth it!   Connor”


From the FRONT: 8 Mar

From the entire Staff of Commander, Amphibious Squadron EIGHT and our Flagship, USS BATAAN (LHD 5) and attached 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, we would like to pass on our most sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU and BRAVO ZULU for your continued support during our 2019-2020 Deployment. We ABSOLUTELY LOVED all the awesome, amazing and “cool” snacks, goodies, coffee, candy, mugs, cigars, Keurigs, K-cups, TRXs, shampoos/conditioners, and so many more items that only AaSP could come up with and fit into the care packages we have received! You, your volunteers and donors are simply AMAZING! You have all brought many smiles, happiness and relief from “snack attacks” thanks to your generosity and time. Hope all is going well and thank you again! God Bless, CAPT Don Wilson, USN
Don Wilson

From the FRONT: 7 Mar

All – … What your organization does is nothing short of a miracle and this email alone isn’t enough to say thank you. We haven’t deployed long (at least not for this old salt) but for my Sailors 4 months is a LONG time. Every item in the care packages is literally gone in a week.

The amount of love and support from you all is greatly appreciated. We have been in (redacted) since last year with only 2 port visits. To receive the creature comforts you all have sent is a blessing. My Sailor’s all under the age of 28 have never been combat deployed so it has been challenging to say the least with missing all of the holidays after Halloween, but our time is coming to end here soon and we will be back with our families and friends.

Without violating OPSEC we have seized A LOT of munitions, flown over 3,478 hours of “over watch” and SSC missions (basically tracking anything on the water from air) and provided 148 armed escorts (details and locations redacted).

Thank you again!


From the FRONT: 23 Dec

Dave, Nora, Connor and Ziggy,

Thank you so much for your generous Christmas Box. We received it today (23 Dec) just in time for Christmas, following a tough week out at our location. The items provided have definitely “given us a boost” in a major way and has already provided some much needed comforts of home and Christmas spirit.
A little about us – We are a 6 person  Ground Surgical Team.   We provide far forward/austere damage control trauma surgery to the folks doing the operations.   “Dirt Medicine.”   In a nut shell, we bring life saving care as close as possible to those fighting on the front lines.   We are currently out “somewhere” in Southwest Asia that is pretty remote.   There is nothing around our outpost for tens of miles, not even a tree.   Our outpost is so small we don’t even have a store to buy personal effects or goodies from so we rely on packages from amazing people like you.   We are just recovering from an event that left our small team caring for an injured soldier for several days, 24 hours a day- admittedly we were pretty drained from the all nighters and little sleep; the Christmas spirit was low.   Finding the wrapped package among all those snowman peeps really put our team back into the holiday spirit.    We have hung Connor’s snowman drawing on the wall of our med facility so those we treat can also see his message of gratitude. 4 of our team have small children at home and they really appreciated it.
It is people like you that keep us going and remind us why we are fighting and for what we are fighting for. From the bottom of our hearts, Thank You.    I hope every one of your family and friends has a wonderful holiday season, as you have certainly made ours.   – Devin
P.S:  pictures are frowned upon so I couldn’t take one of the whole team, but I wanted to send something back to show we got it.    I’ve already broke open the Toblerone and chocolate pretzel’s!

From the FRONT: 14 Dec

I am wanting to let you know how much you, your care package goodies, and your note are appreciated.   You obviously have a well organized drive!     I really appreciated the coconut water!

For the past month a large part of everyday for me has been given to care package receiving and dispersal.    Many boxes get handed out intact.    Even more get opened, sorted, and then dispersed from our chapel via people coming into the chapel and getting what they want, others that don’t attend chapel stop by our porch for coffee, hot chocolate and “goodies”.    Your boxes got a lot of “oohs and ahs” from those helping me when I opened it.

Most of your cards disappeared within 4 days.    There might be more, but the card area is kind of a mess at the moment, hence the hard job comment.    The stockings are received with a deep appreciation of the effort put into them.

I hope your Thanksgiving was a day of just that.    I hope you were surrounded by loved ones.    I chose to eat lunch with some Afghani vendors instead of the huge spread at the Chow hall.    I sat on the floor of the shop with them and ate from a large bowl of rice with my right hand.  I trust my Heavenly Father to take care of the germs!

I have attached a photo from today of a small group of soldiers from one of our worship services.    I am sorry there are no boxes in the photo.    I had to move three tables for the photo.    Be assured, there were care package items on two of them.   (The tables were in too much disarray for the photo op. )    But, your goods made into very appreciative hands and mouths!

Merry Christmas!   Please inform all those that contributed, “HOOAH!”  They are Great!



From the FRONT: 21 Nov

First, I wanted to extend my appreciation from myself and the whole Unit Ministry Team down here in (location redacted) for your care package. We did receive the first “Test” box and it was a wonderful treat for us and the Soldiers down here. It’s been pretty busy over here, but I was able to get a picture of some of the Soldiers your care package helped make a better day for. We are all still adjusting to being away from home and knowing someone is thinking about us helps make it easier.

Again, we appreciate what the Adopt-a Soldier Platoon, Inc does when it comes to working with service members.

Thank you,   Jordan.


From the FRONT: 16 NOV

I just want to thank you amazing folks for all the support and great care packages throughout our deployment. We are going to be leaving and rotating back home soon (which we are all excited about)!!! I just wanted to drop a note and photo of our team for you guys to share amongst the organization to put a face to (unit name redacted).

I’ll be giving the inbound team your information, if you are ok with it. They are coming out of (location redacted).

I hope you and your families have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas!! v/r Francisco, FOB Nunyer