Valentines headed for Spokane VA

February 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Thank you Trinity school students and angel Jean for making sure the Veterans at Spokane VA are visited with lots of Valentines and TLC!

Aren’t these  creations Fabulous?? If you have a youth group or school that would like to participate in making cards for our Hospitalized wounded and Veterans throughout the year please email…soldiersangelswashington @wordpress.com  This is a great way to nurture an attitude of gratitude with your students and provides a huge morale boost for those that have served so bravely on our behalf.

Community Outreach- A great day at Walmart!

February 6, 2011 at 7:31 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Soldiers’ Angels in Washington set up shop at Walmart!

What a privilege to belong to an amazing organization with  such a huge outreach of support around the world for our Armed Services, Wounded, Veterans and families  AND be able to share about it with our communities!   One of the lovely people we met yesterday, saw the Oprah show I posted about here and was motivated to find out where she could go to volunteer in her own community.   I’m always incredibly inspired  by the creativity of people and the unique ideas that shine through conversations about support efforts.  It’s a fun day of brainstorming and planning with angels that are volunteering and the people we are lucky enough to interact with throughout the day.  Thank you everyone who stopped by our table.   Thank you Debbie & Parents for all of your work to make this opportunity take shape and angel Jean for stopping by- so much to share and discuss!
I can’t wait to get started helping to make those wonderful ideas happen!  We’re looking forward to talking with all of the people who signed up yesterday and working ‘wingtip to wingtip’ to make sure those who serve and have sacrificed for all of us know we are grateful!

Thanks from Afghanistan

February 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Thanks from Afghanistan

Soldiers’ Angels recently received this note from a Staff Sergeant on a PRT (Provincial Reconstruction Team) in Afghanistan.

Dear Soldiers’ Angels,

Thank you all very much for the package, especially the movies and MOOSE MUNCH (which was gone in less than a minute).

There are some times we get sad over here and think that people in the States don’t really care about us, so when we get something like this it really boosts our morale. So this package, it really means a lot. On behalf of PRT Panjshir, we’d like to say thank you and God bless.

Attached is a picture of us for the greatest organization ever–Soldiers’ Angels. You guys are the BEST! Thank you.

–SSgt R., US Air Force

PRTs are military teams that work with local government officials, U.S. government civilians and local military/police personnel to assist people in rebuilding or improving their neighborhoods. They spend a great deal of time away from the main bases and out in the countryside among the locals. This PRT, which is very isolated, received a large package from Soldiers’ Angels while waiting to be adopted by individual Angel volunteers.

As of this writing, there are 1106 Heroes waiting to be adopted. You can help.

Oprah Show>The Bravest Families in America… What you can do

January 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses, General Troop Support, Veteran Support | 5 Comments
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Today on the Oprah show, “First lady Michelle Obama, Tom Brokaw and Bob Woodward introduce us to some of the bravest families in America as they cope with the invisible wounds of war.” http://www.oprah.com/showinfo/The-Bravest-Families-in-America

Former South Dakota Army National Guardsman Sgt. Corey Briest (Ret.) and his wife, Jenny were among the guests. Briest, of Yankton, was seriously injured by a roadside bomb near Baghdad,Dec. 4, 2005, while serving with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 147th FieldArtillery, South Dakota Army National Guard, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. … Soldiers’ Angels have stood with Corey and Jenny since his injury.”

The message of the show was simple…..be grateful, never forget and DO something to show your support.

If you want to do something and are not sure what to do go to soldiersangels.org We have many teams you can join such as the wounded TLC team which helped show support to Jenny and Corey.

Do you live in Washington and would you like to help?? Email soldiersangelswashington @gmail.com  We need you!

Soldiers’ Angels is an all encompassing organization that is dedicated to supporting our Deployed, Wounded, Veterans and their families. As Tom Brokaw, Bob Woodward, Oprah and the First Lady said today…..it takes the communities to step up to make a difference.  “We owe them everything”…..therefore we all must do something.

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

Soldiers’ Angels will receive “Red Cross Real Hero Award”

November 8, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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Thank you Kathy Bergman for attending the dinner and accepting the Real Heroes award on behalf of Soldiers’ Angels! Thank you Red Cross!

 

ANGEL TLC – Thank you Crafters! – Call for Angels who would like to help!

October 18, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses, General Troop Support, Veteran Support | Leave a comment
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Thank you for your Angel TLC crafters!    If you would like to help contribute to our Blanket and Bear, or card making efforts for our Wounded and hospitalized Veterans as well as our Deployed please email soldiersangelswashington  @gmail.com Soldiers’ Angels has a dedicated team of sewing/crafting/crocheting angels and we’d like to contribute to the overall Angel efforts to make sure these items are at the ready!   Working with other community organizations, churches etc in every town, is a great way to meet the ongoing needs.

Angel Jean with tray cards she has made for the Veteran's Care Center in Vancouver WA would you like to help?

Jean also makes beautiful lap robes and Blankets of Hope as well as helmet liners!!  Amazing!!

Looks like Angel Debbie has been busy!!

BEAR HUGS!!

Debbie says they are easy! Won’t these be a precious gift of Angel TLC for a Deployed Service Member, or Veteran? If you’d like to help let us know- Debbie will forward you the pattern and info!

We would love to post more photos of the creations you are making out there! Please send them in and let us know what is happening in your area or if you’d like to help organize a group? There are even non sew blankets we can attempt and always angels more than happy to mentor!

A Night For Our Heroes Fundraiser Needs You!

September 12, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Soldiers’ Angels in Washington Invites YOU to our 2nd annual “Night For Our Heroes” fundraiser, Oct 2 at the Lakeway Inn, Bellingham. 6pm no host cocktails, 7pm Dinner.  The theme is Founding Father’s Banquet.  Dress as your favorite “founding father” if you like; otherwise, casual attire.
For more information on Tickets, Auction items or Sponsorships email soldiersangelswashington @gmail
We need your help to spread the word. TIckets, Sponsors and Auction items still needed. This is your chance to contribute in some way to those who serve and have served, even if it is to spread the word!! We can do this!!

Crafty Creations for our Deployed, Wounded & Veterans

August 31, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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I’m always so amazed and inspired by the talent of our angels.  I know many of you are working on Blankets of Belief, Hope and Gratitude  all year long. If you aren’t a part of the SA sewing team please join or ask me how. Bless your hearts for that incredible thoughtfulness and time you put into each creation. I have had many wounded warriors and families come up to me at the various events and share how much YOUR creations mean to them.  One of the things we will be doing across the state for our Day of the Deployed efforts are donation/blanket drives. If you are part of a quilting/crochet/knit group, or think you could inspire others from your community/church or service clubs to join together to produce some Creations for our Deployed/wounded and Veterans please email  soldiersangelswashington @gmail.com   I would also love to post pictures of your creations if you attach a photo I’ll add it to the blog.

The following blanket was made by the loving hands of  Angel Jean who also just made some lovely hats and gave them to a homeless outreach in her area.   Thank You Jean!

This lovely fellow were made by our Angel Debbie & Mom . We haven’t come up with A name for the Bear Campaign yet… Troop Teddy Bear…Special Forces: Bear Hugs, Mission Grrratitude, Oh my gosh there have been quite a few. Debbie says they are easy to do. Two parts to the pattern.  These Bears might be the perfect project for Girl Scout and Boy Scout Groups. I know several blanket makers who are wanting to add a few Bears to their projects too.   We’d love to send lots of these for our Day of the Deployed Effort on Oct 26 and for the holidays.  Email Soldiersangelswashington @gmail.com if you’d like to give them a try!

Many of you are part of the Angel Bakers and others have helped with fabulous culinary creations for the Welcome Homes and events we’ve participated in, along with your regular baking you send to our deployed service members.   You’re all amazing!! I would love to include some pictures or even recipes you’ve used if you like.  It might help non cooks like me get inspired!

Just Listen to Support the Troops!

August 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Soldiers’ Angels in Washington, have been welcoming home many of our troops over the last few months.   I’m sure all of us, particularly those who have experienced deployment first hand will relate to the following video from Jesse Dayton.

“As one of the musical artists involved in Voices of a Grateful Nation (a partner of Soldiers’ Angels), Jesse Dayton has been using his talent to support the troops.  His heart-rending song, I’m Comin’ Home, has been featured on the organization’s musical CDs, which help fund activities that use music to help returning and wounded soldiers re-acclimate and recover.  Now he’s asking for a little help—all you have to do is listen!”

If CMT.com records at least 1000 hits a day, Jesse’s video and his PSA for Soldiers’ Angels and Voices of a Grateful Nation will be put into regular rotation of music videos on CMT. Getting Jesse’s PSA on CMT will be a wonderful way to help spread the word about what Soldiers’ Angels does.

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LISTEN TO JESSE HERE

Vets Help at Soldiers’ Angels Warehouse

July 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Fisher Houses, General Troop Support, Veteran Support | Leave a comment
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SAN ANTONIO, July 21, 2010 –

Soldiers’ Angels celebrated the grand opening of its first permanent, Angel-managed facility in support of America’s service members, wounded, veterans, and their families with what is expected to be the largest exhibit on the war on terrorism since 2003, as seen through the eyes of America’s heroes and those who support them.

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First permanent Angel-operated warehouse is opened near Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Courtesy Photo

“Salute to Heroes and Angels” is an exhibit spotlighting America’s military men and women who continue to serve in wartime, and the homefront patriots who help ensure they are loved and supported.  Framed by 9-foot canvas murals, the installation includes interactive video screens, photos, letters from the troops, stories of fallen heroes, highlights of the dozens of Soldiers’ Angels teams and projects, plaques and certificates documenting the organization’s impact, and opportunities for visitors to record their own stories on video, join Soldiers’ Angels, or request support for a service member or veteran.

Soldiers’ Angels proudly announced the opening, staffed by four recent veterans and Angel volunteers on March 12-13, 2010.  The warehouse consolidates and streamlines SA’s extensive packing, shipping and screen-printing activities in support of the troops, reducing the organization’s overhead expenses and providing an employment opportunity for veterans.

“It’s a better bang for benefactors’ bucks,” explains Soldiers’ Angels Operations Manager Toby Nunn, who oversaw development of the warehouse.  Located across the street from Brooke Army Medical center in San Antonio, Texas—a city with the highest concentration of wounded and other active duty soldiers in the United States—the 10,000-square-foot facility reduces shipping costs for SA by its proximity to one of the largest targets of SA’s troop support efforts.

In addition to the reduction in overhead, the cost of paying for the warehouse staff itself fits the mission of Soldiers’ Angels by supporting veterans.  “Staffing it with recent veterans helps provide a soft-landing for their transition to civilian life,” Nunn explains.  “It surrounds them with like-minded people as they learn the corporate world.”  This is especially helpful for those who may be struggling, Nunn says with enthusiasm. “You can’t say, ‘You don’t get it.’ Because you’re looking at a bunch of people who do.”

See more of the story here >> Soldiers’ Angels Warehouse

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