December 2017

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“Thank you so much for your support of the Holy Grounds field café. I know that the Marines and Sailors will greatly appreciate it as we head into our training season. Again, you all go above and beyond. Our Relationship Workshop went very well last week. We had 10 couples attend. Our curriculum consisted of the 5 Love Languages and the Myths and Realities of Marriage (also from Gary Chapman). The Marines thoroughly enjoyed it and I received great feedback from the class. Just know that you all were a part of influencing 10 young couples in how to have a better marriage.”
Blessings,
Chaplain Stephens

“On behalf of my Marines and I, I want to send a sincere appreciation and loved filled thank you for what you all do. It is a constant discussion with my Marines, to never take anything for granted, especially acts of kindness and service to others. I have been privileged to serve my Marines and this country for 18 years, and to this day…it touches a special place in my heart when I see the generosity and support our military gets from our country. We thank you, and can’t say it enough. Your care packages are well received and instantly brings smiles and joy to the Marines and Sailors as we distribute them out. God Bless you, your purpose and this organization for what you do.”

Semper Fi.
BAMCIS
R/s,
1stSgt M. S. B.

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August 2017

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“I recently received a goodie bag from your organization and wanted to extend my gratitude and appreciation to you, your team, and Ms. Jenny and Mr. Christopher from who I received letters. While I am not currently deployed their letters provide great comfort in the course of training for whatever the future has in store. I wish you and everyone at Saddleback Church health and happiness and thank you again for the goodie bags and letters!”

Very Respectfully,
Capt Brett D
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“Good Evening!

I just wanted to write and express my gratitude to both Acts of Appreciation at Saddleback Church, as well as to Jessica (from OC, age 14) that wrote me the kind card that came along with the snacks. I’m a Navy Corpsman attached to the 1st Marine Logistics Group on Camp Pendleton. (We handle combat medical care for the Marines) We were having a very stressful week at my unit and our Navy chaplain brought your bags of snacks over to us — which definitely lifted my spirits. If you could pass on a thank you to Jessica it would be much appreciated.”

Best Regards,
HM2 Steven M
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“Good morning, my wife and I just received a baby basket donated from you and we wanted to let you know that we loved it and are very thankful for the generous donation.”

Dylan U.

July 2017

This is from ministry member, Linda Robert’s sister, on behalf of her son, an Air Force family that lost everything they owned when they were transferred from London to Arizona. Their fourth baby was born, and by the love of God, we were able to give the new baby and kids items from our baby Moses baskets. They are so appreciative.

“Vanessa has 4 children under the age of 4, all born by cesarean. As a military wife stationed away from family support and whose husband is away 6-8 months out of the year, Vanessa is often home alone. Vanessa is ‘the most dedicated mommy to all of her children everyday’ and ‘she never complains and always puts her energies into her children, not leaving much time for herself.’ We would like to thank the military ministry for all the generous gifts they so kindly bestowed to Vanessa and my son Zachary and their children. We are very thankful for the kindest shown to them. Thank you from our hearts!”

June 2017

“We would like to thank you all for the awesome baby baskets we received, they are adorable! We have already started to use them with our Marines who are having little ones! Also the care packages arrived in Australia and the Marines are very grateful for them. They took a picture and wanted me to send it your way, I also posted on our Facebook page. Thank you again for everything!”
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SSgt Teresa M.

“On behalf of a lot of people, I want to express my thanks to you and your ministry team at Saddleback Church for your on-going support of our Marines and Sailors, particularly for the amazing welcome home breakfast you provided for our CLB-7 Marines and Sailors who just recently returned home from a deployment to Kuwait and Iraq.  Your efforts truly make these homecomings special as they add a special, beyond the routine, dimension.  I know your collective efforts represent many people who act on their spirit of giving and generosity on our behalf.  You and they continue to amaze with your sustained engagement and consideration.  While our Service’s deployments are not at high profile as those of several years ago, they continue unabated, although smaller in scope.  I’m sure those who deployed appreciate being considered through your giving actions.

Thanks as well for your Coffee and Chat series you also continue to sustain for the benefit of our troops and families.  Again, many thanks for your time, effort and generosity.”

Sincerely and Respectfully,
Col. Jeff J., USMC

 

 

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“We had a tremendous time with you all this past Tuesday! Wow, you all know how to make us military members feel special and appreciated. We thoroughly enjoyed taking part of your work day. Our Marines greatly appreciated the opportunity to help give back for such an honorable cause. For the Marines who participated, it was good for them to see first-hand the process of good people doing good things for our military. I have no doubt that when they deploy and receive a care package, they will remember and appreciate the day they spent with you all and appreciate the love and work behind it.  Thank you for allowing us to take part in this wonderful organization.”

God bless,
V/R,
LT Phillip S., CHC, USN

 

 

April 2017

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My name is April and my husband is a marine in the 1/11 department. I am writing to thank you for the loving basket that was given to me made by your program. I am expecting a baby boy this month and appreciated every detail put into the basket. My favorite part was it all being green considering that is my favorite color. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you and your team for all that you do and this beautiful gift you provided for my unborn child.”

With lots of love and appreciation,
Ssgt & April P.

January 2017

“We just wanted to say thank you for the very thoughtful and useful gifts which your organization sent to us. Each package has been distributed and will be well used. We greatly appreciate the thought and effort that went into each individual bag. The handcrafted pens, the amazing beanies, and all the glorious treats, were a wonderful surprise and made the days of many marines. This came at the perfect time and definitely boosted the morale of our section. We cannot thank you enough. We are truly thankful for your support during this deployment. Thank you and keep up the great work!”

~ Semper Fidelis and Merry Christmas from the USS Makin Island, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

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“Thank you from my heart.”

“Thank you so much for the gifts! I truly inspired us during this holiday season.”

“Thank you. Hope your Christmas was awesome!”

“Thanks for the meat.”

“Thank you so much, I hope you had a Merry Christmas.”

“Thank you so much for the incredibly thoughtful and awesome gifts. God bless & Merry Christmas.”

“Thank you for the packages! They lifted the spirits of everyone in our section.”

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“Hello. My name is Toni D. Sorry it took so long for this email, but I wanted to thank you all very much for my son’s Christmas present. He loves his truck. It means so much to my family and I that you took time to do this. It was very special. Thank you again. Have a blessed night.”

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“My son, Brayton, and his platoon are safely home from Kuwait!!! Thank you for all your prayers and all that the volunteers did sending the care packages and cards. While Brayton was deployed, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. So happy to have him back in the U.S.!”

~ Angela S.

December 2016

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“I would first like to start out by expressing how blessed and happy I was when I received one of your organizations care packages. The support and love from home is what keeps us all going out here on the other side of the world. Everything from the beanies, bags of candy, and loving support letters put a smile on mine and all of my units faces.
 
However I do have a question. There was a young man by the name of Mark and he had wrote a letter to me and I was trying to write him back. I know it’s a long shot but I was just wondering if there was any way I would be able to get a return address so he would get a letter from me. He didn’t have a last name on the letter but his favorite sport is baseball, he loves to skateboard  and he has a brother and two sisters. Hopefully that would help possibly narrow down or find him. If not that’s alright I just wanted to give it a shot and see if I could get a letter out to him.
 
Again thank you so much for all the love and support. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. It is people like you and your organization that keep us in the fight. As for a prayer request I was wondering if you could say a couple good words for CLB 11 and the 11th Meu out here on the USS Somerset. Thanks again!

Sincerely,
Cpl. James M., USMC