Success Stories 2010:
||"To all whom this may concern,|
I would personally like to thank all of those who have recently contributed their time and efforts in what I believe to be an awe-inspiring and frankly quite dramatic display of support from the home-front. The correspondence and care packages have been coming in at an overwhelming and nearly monumental pace. The "Any Soldier" campaign has seen tears from some, given hope to most, and has been inspirational to us all. Your relentless support has provided the simple reminder that any one of us would proudly die for a grateful nation in our ongoing fight against terrorism."
"Freedom is not Free"
Sergeant Brian Horn
Iraq, Nov 2003
Email from 5 November 2010:
My name is Tammy S. and my husband and I are the parents of an active duty Marine in Afghanistan.
There are not words to tell you how much we love and appreciate you, the staff, at Anysoldier.com. Our son went over there for the first time in August. We had heard how soldiers needed even the most basic supplies and so expected the requests, from him to start coming. This has not happened in the way that we thought at all.
After being there for a month, when we asked, what he needed this is what we were told..."Don't worry, I signed up at Anymarine.com and my buddies and I are constantly recieving boxes from strangers. I have junk food, personal items and everything I need". I want you people to know how much it means to a Mom to hear that so many people care. We are, of course, over the top grateful for everything that is sent to every serviceman, but without your website, your care, in short, YOU, he would not be as well taken care of as he is now. His only request...Shop towels (we had to laugh).
So in closing... Thank you so much. You are appreciated.
Tammy & David S.
22 Jan 2010: "You and I both know that the life of a Soldier is not without sacrifice; but thanks to Any Soldier Inc., coping with a deployment has gotten a little easier."
General Raymond Odierno, Cdr, U.S. Forces - Iraq
12 Jan 2010: "President and Secretary Clinton on behalf of the Clinton Family Foundation take great pleasure in making a one time grant...to Any Soldier Inc."
"...On behalf of the Foundation, all best wishes for success in your worthy charitable endeavors."
The Clinton Family Foundation
28 Jun 2007: "By establishing an extensive network of U.S. soldiers available to distribute letters and care packages from home, Any Soldier Inc. has taken a leadership role in making sure the men and women of our military receive vital emotional support in their times of greatest need."
NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
1 Aug 2005: "Your organization's troop postings help our citizens show their steadfast support for our Armed Forces, and I am grateful."
President George W. Bush
Brian (left) and his Platoon Sergeant with the first of the AnySoldier packages, October 2003.
"It is a great honor to share with others the excitement and happiness of the men and women fighting for our freedom over-seas when they receive a care package from total strangers. AnySoldier.com has provided we WWII Veterans from a retirement community here in California with hundreds of names and addresses of our military fighting this war on terrorism. During my time in the service I never was able to receive a care package from home due unfortunately to my being in a Japanese POW camp for three and a half years, and I can honestly say it would have meant so much to we POWs if we knew the folks back home cared. Well, we care: and we show it by sending 50 care packages every week to our comrades fighting for our freedom.|
Thank you AnySoldier.com for making these care packages possible."
Lester Tenney, National Commander
American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor
"No matter personal opinions on the war, I believe every American understands and appreciates that men and women are sacraficing their lives daily in order to protect our freedom.
Our soldiers are national heroes and they should want for nothing. But they do.
Things we take for granted everyday, go a long way to a soldier away from their family and the comforts of home.
So please join me in supporting our troops by fulfilling their humble requests through www.AnySoldier.com.
Let us show our appreciation today and everyday until our heros are home safely. Bless you all."
Leah Remini, Actress
"My father was in the service and received a military burial where I was presented with our flag. I've gotten a few emails asking what the military website I have mentioned in the past was. The one to write our brave men and women dedicating their lives to some war somewhere. They LOVE hearing from you! That link is: www.ANYSOLDIER.com"
Dane Cook, Comedian
"I have many friends and now family that have been personally impacted by the inspiring work of AnySoldier.com while serving overseas. AnySoldier.com bridges the gap between willing Americans and our heroes, by giving us civilians realistic ways to serve those who are serving us."
Mike Vogel, Actor
|"I couldn't be any more proud to have been apart of such an honorable organization as AnySoldier.com. This is priceless, and I would like to thank all of you who entrusted me to be your contact. To have been able to distribute the mail personally as a contact to soldiers who get next to no mail at all and for that brief moment see the look of hope in their faces of good things to come. The hope that somebody out there does care. That somebody does in fact love them as they deservingly should be loved. The hope that some day their involvement in the fight on terror was to preserve those that believed in them so much through and through, until their fight was done. We fight so that maybe, just maybe your grandchildren won't have to.
Pray for us in all that we do."
Sergeant Brian Horn
Afghanistan, Nov 2005
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|Any Soldier® in the News 2010:|
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ABC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (1)
Air Force Link (1)
ARD German TV (1 -
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ARNEWS (1 -
Chicago Sun-Times (1)
Chicago Tribune (1 -
CNN (1 -
DefenseLINK (1 -
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Field and Stream Magazine (1)
FOX (1 -
Kim Kommando (1)
Military.com (1 -
MSNBC - Newsweek (1 -
New York Daily News (1)
New York Times (1)
Pundit Review (1)
RTE, Radio Television Ireland (1)
Stars & Stripes (1 -
The Christian Science Monitor (1 - 2)
The Daily Star (1)
The New York Sun (1)
TVP-1, Polish TV National Channel (1)
USA Today (1 -
Washington Post (1 - 2 - 3)
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26 November: "Action Line: How to send holiday packages to soldiers"
22 November: "Let them know you care"
Alexandria Town Talk - LA
20 November: "Boxes for Afghanistan"
Freeport Journal-Standard - IL
18 November: "Support U.S. troops; send them letters, packages"
Lake Oswego Review - OR
11 November: "Supporting Ohio’s Troops Overseas"
PR.com (press release)
10 November: "Jeff Bridges leads hungry kids campaign with partners Whole Foods, Weight Watchers, Wegmans"
Green Celebrity Network
10 November: "Southborough soldier surprises Woodward School student"
Wicked Local Southborough - MA
6 November: "2010 Veterans Day Virtual Telethon"
Hosted by LauraKennedyLive & The Flag Still Stands For Freedom Campaign - flagstillstandsforfreedom.com
4 November: "Woman seeks contributions to send packages"
Fremont Tribune - NB
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Sorry, due to workload many items are missing...
9 July: "Seniors donate packages to servicemen"
Star Local News - TX
4 July: "Freedom isn't free - ask a soldier"
TheSuburbanite.com - OH
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16 May: "Letters From Home"
8 May: "Support Our Troops!"
3 May: "Ping Pong Table for Camp Patriot"
From email 18 May 2010:
"Hello! I work in Yahoo! for Good, Yahoo!'s Corporate Social Responsibility team. We are big fans of your site and appreciate all you do for our troops. In honor of Memorial Day, we are looking for inspiring stories about what people are doing to support the armed forces.
We posted a blog at http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/life/ping-pong-table-for-camp-patriot-1388784/ to look for these types of stories. As you can see, we've listed AnySoldier.com at the top of ways to help. We would really appreciate if you can comment on this blog with your story and forward this post to folks who may have amazing stories to share. The hope is that we'll find a story that is compelling enough to feature on Yahoo.com and shine an additional light on the cause.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
manager, yahoo! for good
1 May: "Trinity mails to troops, Care packages are to be sent to military troops in Afghanistan"
Williston Herald - ND
1 May: "Pasadena woman ships care packages to U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan"
Pasadena Star-News - Pasadena, CA.
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|Great Events and Efforts 2010:|
September 20 - October 1
To raise the money and awareness Raytheon held raffles (Take a Chance on Any Branch) and Scoops for Troops (make your own sundaes) and some did Any Pizza (buy a slice to support the troops).
(Pictures from The McKinney, Texas plant of Raytheon)
13 different Raytheon centers were involved (East coast, West cost and in between) and raised $7,200.00.
Donation boxes are set up in each center and employees donate goods to send to the warfighters.
They shipped out over 2,100 pounds of goods, touching about 1,000 warfighters.
To all the wonderful people at Any Solider.com, Thank you for all your help with our BBQ and supply drive at the Showboat Pub
in Camas, WA. On June 19th we raised over $400.00 and collected enough supplies to put together over 30 care packages. It was so successful that we plan to do it once a month. The next drive will be July 31st starting at 4:00. Also thanks to the owners of the Showboat Pub and all the people that gave money and supplies.
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Pictures taken by Supporter Danielle S.
|Riders and cagers were out in force at the Ithaca, Michigan Fairgrounds as dozens of AnySoldier.com supporters, Veterans, and warriors from around the country came to Michigan to join in the We Love Our Troops Charity Poker Ride, June 12, 2010. Proceeds from the event provide care packages to support our deployed warriors and AnySoldier.com
Ride organizer Christina Webster said, "This was truly a labor of love, and so many came together to make this ride a way to show how much we love and support our warriors. Thank you to all who made this such a beautiful day."
A special thank you to the Horn family who made the day extra special witheir presence and to Pam Tajak AnySoldier.com supporter who had the "traveling bake sale" to raise proceeds.
Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for the
2nd annual We Love Our Troops Charity Poker Ride June 11, 2011.
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|Heidi Edgar and Joni Scott|
27 March: Sprintime Tallahassee
It is an annual event that draws close to 200,000 people to watch a parade, run in a 5K race, and spend time and money in a Jubilee in the Park. Joni (Scotty on the forum) and I (Heidi Edgar) were set up in the Not-for-Profit area of the Jubilee again this year. We estimate that we personally talked to 600 people, and had about 350 note cards signed! These note cards are being distributed to our groups as well as one of the forum card swaps.
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