Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

IT'S BEEN A PRETTY WILD RIDE FOR ME THESE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS - OVER 1,700 EMAILS IN 6 WEEKS OR SO!!! HUNDREDS OF NEW VOLUNTEERS! WHAT A BOOST FOR THE TROOPS FOR CHRISTMAS!!

THOUSANDS!
OF CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS WERE SENT OUT, AND HUNDREDS OF TROOPS RECEIVED YOUR PACKAGES! YOU ALL DONE REAL GOOD! :)

SINCE HE SAYS IT BETTER THAN I CAN, AND IT'S BETTER TO HEAR THANKS DIRECTLY, HERE IS A "NOTE FROM DREW" I RECEIVED TODAY, (FOLLOWED BY AN EMAIL FROM THE
LANDSTUHL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER:


From Left to Right (Squatting) SGT Crittser (Critter), SPC Wray (Medic), SPC Agnor
(Standing) SSG Cantu, SGT Larson, SGT Carter, SPC Hulett, Me [Drew], Santa (Chaplain McCain), SGT Hayes (with Reindeer Horns) CPL Perez, SPC Vargas, SPC Gonzalez, and SPC Mosley
(you can "click" on pictures to enlarge the view)


All,
After a couple of days back here in the Boondocks to refit and recharge, my Security Squad and I are about to head out for a few days again. We'll be visiting a few different Forward Operating Bases (FOB) that are small, austere and are missing the nicer things that we are accustomed to here at the Victory Base Complex in Baghdad.

[Here] is a photo of my guys along with Santa...our Battalion Chaplain, Major McCain. In addition, there is a second photo taken this morning just after we received mail. When I get boxes this is the table I sit them on so the guys can go through and take what they want.

Before we move out today I wanted to send a note and tell each of you how much I appreciate all the support, boxes, packages, notes, cards, emails and letters. My Soldiers and I feel appreciated and feel honored that so many folks back home would take the time to send packages and supporting notes and cards during this special time of year. We know that everyone is very busy during the holidays, and that you each took some of your time to show us your support means a great deal to us. Thank You.

In addition, as 2007 comes to a close and we prepare for the New Year, I want to thank you for your support during 2007. It was a long, hard year and much has happened...but we all know that we have much to be thankful for and we are in good spirits as we get ready to finish off these last 5 months.

Finally, from the guys of the 720th Military Police Battalion "Soldiers of the Gauntlet", MERRY CHRISTMAS!
I hope each of you have a wonderful holiday.
Sincerely,
Drew


Some of the guys from the Headquarters going through some of the many boxes we received:



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FROM THE LANDSTUHL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER IN GERMANY-
Together we sent 1,000 beautiful stockings to these Wounded Warriors!


Hi Nancy,

Thank you for the greeting! and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Yes, we have been giving out the stockings and will through Christmas day and maybe a bit beyond. It has been fun giving these to our wounded and ill Heroes. They certainly have enjoyed receiving them and knowing they are supported by people back home.

Thank you for all you have done to make this possible and please send a big THANK YOU to your groups from our Heroes here.

Sincerely,
Sharon

Sharon Southwell
Donations Coordinator
Wounded Warrior Ministry Center
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

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