08 December 2009

Thank you SoCal Volunteers for your Support!

From our dear friend Linda Green in Southern California, who organized her third massive supply drive for Soldiers' Angels Germany in November. She rallied the entire community to donate, sort, and pack the items, but none of it would have been possible without her passion and leadership. Thank you and well done, Linda!


The many volunteers included students collecting donations at schools.

During our two week collection drive leading up to our November 14th sort/pack event, thousands of items were generously purchased and donated by volunteers across Los Angeles and surrounding cities from the South Bay to the San Fernando Valley.

The clothing items and phone cards were sent to wounded troops recuperating at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Many of these troops were recently wounded on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, and find themselves at Landstuhl with nothing but their hospital gowns. Our wounded heroes very much appreciate having these basic comfort items during their recovery.


Volunteers sorting and packing the donations for patients medevaced to Landstuhl hospital in Germany.

More sorting and packing...

Heartfelt appreciation to the volunteers who joined us last Saturday at Culver Studios to sort, count and pack nearly 6,000 socks, tees, p.j.'s, sweats, phone cards, and other much needed items.

And a warm thank you to those who wrote over 800 heartfelt cards and letters to the troops, and to the doctors and staff at LRMC to thank them for all they do.

Writing letters for the patients and staff at Landstuhl hospital.

Everyone who participated felt deeply gratified at helping our troops, and really moved to see how many people pitched in to provide our wounded heroes some comfort during their recuperation.

Special thanks to Culver Studios for giving us the space and access to their lot to stage the sorting and packing event! We would also like to thank State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, Assemblyman Ted Lieu, State Senator Fran Pavley, U.S. Congresswoman Jane Harman and L.A. City Councilmembers Pres. Eric Garcetti, Tom LaBonge, Herb Wesson, Bill Rosendahl and Janice Hahn and their staffs for so generously opening their offices to us to serve as donation collection points.

We are also grateful to our friends at the L.A. Air Force Base, Mira Costa High School (Manhattan Beach), Manhattan Beach Fire Dept., the Democratic Action Ctr. (Torrance) and Brookside Elementary (Oak Park) for helping collect donations. Many thanks to Fedex for once again donating the packing materials.

We also want to recognize our friends at Organizing For America for their support. OFA promoted the collection drive, served as a drop off location and, through the generosity of OFA volunteers, were able to collect a multitude of items at the grand opening of their new So Cal office in Culver City.

One of the "mountains" of donations bundled for shipment to Landstuhl hospital.

Thank you again Linda and all those in Southern California who so generously donated items, funds for shipping, facilities, and their time to support those who have given so much for all of us.

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