Jon sent a thank you for some packages that were sent to his base for soldiers who had already got to go home. The group must have sent the note to the local news station and they did a little article and posted Jon's thank you. You can either click the link to take you there or just read below.
A Tioga County, Pennsylvania based group that sends care packages to soldiers overseas received a thank you letter from Afghanistan.
You can read the e-mail below. It was written by a chaplain. He received 3 packages from the group “Goodies for our Troops” because the people who were supposed to receive them are no longer in Afghanistan.
“Goodies for our Troops” is a non-profit group based in Wellsboro. Currently, they’re looking for donations and packing volunteers. Volunteers will be packing holiday boxes Friday October 3 (1-7 pm), Saturday October 4 (1-7 pm) and Sunday October 5 (1-4 pm) at Park Hill Manor in Wellsboro.
For more information you can call Dawn at (570) 662-5601 or by e-mail at Goodies@ptd.net .
The e-mail from Chaplain Jonathan McPherson is below.
A soldier came by my office this morning carrying three big boxes that made their way to Afghanistan all the way from Wellsboro, PA. At first I wondered what was in the boxes until I read who they were from- Goodies For Our Troops. Now we have enough goodies to feed the entire US Army (we might even share with the Air Force, if they're nice to us).
We have a few thousand soldiers living on our FOB (Forward Operating Base) and they will be extremely blessed by your generosity. I for one am so blessed by the overabundance of Peanut M&Ms. But above all treasures that we found in the boxes, the letters were the best. We enjoyed hearing about hatching chicks, riding dirt bikes, baseball games, gas prices, Splash Lagoon, and books entitled "All the Lovely Bad Ones." My Chaplain Assistant and I laughed so hard at some of your letters that we fell to the ground. You guys are awesome and we appreciate your kind words and funny stories.
You asked a lot of questions in your letters and while I can't answer all of them I did want to answer some:
1. From Zoey- "Do you have any siblings?"- actually I have two- an older sister and a younger sister
2. From Hannah O'Conner- "Did you enjoy reading my letter?"- my soldiers and I loved reading your letter- I hope your softball team continues to do well
3. From Russel Avery- "Have you seen a change from when Bush was in for president to now?"- the biggest change we have seen is the decline in yummy treats at the cafeteria; they used to serve chocolate cookies every day, but now it's only oatmeal raisin; besides that, there hasn't been that big of a change
4. From multiple people- "when are you coming home?" Not soon enough. My unit is expected to return home to Alaska in the Spring. Again, thanks for all your goodies and letters. You made my soldiers day!
And tell Hui Liu that I find myself being weird sometimes, too.
CH (CPT) Jonathan McPherson
Chaplain, 425th BSTB (ABN)
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances..." (1 Thess. 5:16-18)