The Care Package requests keep coming in daily, and we keep praying for donations daily! We have over 700 requests so far but not yet enough items to fill all of those boxes or the money to pay the shipping fees of $14 per box. How can you help? So glad you asked!
Monday December 2nd is Chick-fil-A day in Folsom. Come eat between 5 and 8pm, tell the cashier that you are there to support Support 4 Soldiers and we will receive 10% of your purchase. This really helps us, so come support our organization by eating at a wonderful establishment in the process! Chick-fil-A, 2679 East Bidwell Street, Folsom (916) 817-2697, 5-8pm Remember, tell them you are supporting Support 4 Soldiers!
Neighborhood donation drives are easy to do and a temendous help for our soldiers. It’s also an easy way for students to complete their community service hours. Take our flyer with the information on what we are doing and the items we need, add your contact information and telephone number if anyone has questions, as well as the date and time you will return to pick up their donations from their porch. Leave these on the doorsteps of your neighborhood a week before you plan to pick up donations. On the date you stated, take a driver with to be able to load the donations right into the car, and just walk the neighborhood and pick up whatever has been left out for you. My neighborhood has always been very generous. We are available to receive your donations at our temporary office location of 241 Blue Ravine Road in Folsom, Suite #350 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 9am and noon, or Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1-4pm. Questions? Call Denise (916) 505-2330.
Packing Days! We will actually be packing the Care Packages on Monday December 9th and Tuesday December 10th from 9am to 9pm. We will need assistance transporting the full shipment to the Post Office on Wednesday morning. Will you help? Please let us know by calling Denise (916) 505-2330.
What an amazing ten days! Thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated, offered us an opportunity, or wrote a check!
The Boulevard Hair Salon (8703 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove 916-714-0764) hosted a Haircut-a-thon on Sunday November 17th. Tina Fobroy and her wonderful ladies cut hair all day long and donated all of the money to Support 4 Soldiers. They also allowed us space for information tables in front of their salon where we passed out a lot of information, collected donations for the Care Packages, and even brought in some monetary donations. We hope to do this again. Thank you Tina and your wonderful family and stylists!
The Aerospace Museum of California (3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan 916-643-3192) hosted us Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 9th – 11th with a wonderful area allowing us a full display of information, a sample Care Package so people could see what it is we are sending our soldiers, room for a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag for signatures, Christmas and Get Well cards for signature, and even a table for children to make Christmas cards and drawings. I was personally surprised how many families came by and really spent a lot of time signing cards, learning about what we do, collecting information on how to do a donation drive in their neighborhood, and other events that can help us send more Care Packages. The Museum volunteers were wonderful, the majority being veterans themselves. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say “hello” and see how you could help support our soldiers.
The Annual Folsom Veterans Day Parade was on Monday, November 11th, and Support 4 Soldiers was honored to be able to walk in the parade. Volunteers handed out American flags along the parade route to spectators, and beautiful carnations to veterans. Afterwards people could stop by our table at the Community Center to pick up information, sign some cards and a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, and get information on how they can help us send more Care Packages. It was really a sight to see the ROTC who were at the beginning of the parade all lined up at our table signing cards and the flag. Folsom certainly supports the brave men and women of our military. We will be walking in the parade again next year, so mark your calendar for November 11th and plan to join us!
Romano’s Macaroni Grill (2739 East Bidwell, Folsom 916-984-9401) provided us with a fundraiser night Wednesday, November 13th from 4 – 10pm with 15% of the proceeds from everyone bringing in the flyer being donated to Support 4 Soldiers! It was a great night for the restaurant, and for us. Thank you to the great staff for the wonderful service and the opportunity to send more Care Packages! We will be doing this again, so watch for an upcoming date and enjoy a great meal out!
Come join us by serving or attending: [for more information or to volunteer, please contact Carol (916) 337-1963]
>Saturday, November 9th 9am – 5pm at the Aerospace Museum we will have a full display showing who we are and how you can help. We need volunteers to host at the table, and we invite you to stop by and see our display. We will have flags and cards to sign for our soldiers too.
Aerospace Museum, 3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan, CA (formerly McClellan Air Force Base).
>Sunday, November 10th 10am – 5pm at the Aerospace Museum. (same as above)
>Monday, November 11th – Veteran’s Day!! We will be walking in the Folsom Veteran’s Day Parade that starts on East Bidwell Street and Blue Ravine. We will be handing out flags along the parade route, and red or white carnations to the military along the way. The parade ends at the Community Center where we will have tables with literature, the beautiful flag pins as “thank you gifts” for donations, with flags and cards for signing. We need volunteers to host at the table, and we invite you to walk with us in the parade. The Parade begins at 9am.
>Sunday, November 17th – Hair-Cut-a-Thon 9am – 6pm! The Boulevard Salon in Elk Grove is hosting a Hair-Cut-a-thon where you can get your haircut for a suggested minimum donation of $10. These ladies are donating their day to help raise money to ship the Care Packages. Please bring the whole family and a bag of items from the wish list and see us there.
The Boulevard Salon, 8703 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA
>DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE!! Monday and Tuesday, December 9th & 10th 9am – 9pm Packing days at our temporary office space in Folsom. This is when it all comes together, from taping the boxes, filling them with everything we have, adding the special requests that come in, and a number of Christmas cards and notes to the soldiers, then taping and adding the shipping labels. We are praying for 1000 packages to be done. We have the boxes and requests from soldiers, but need more items for the Care Packages and money to be able to send them. We need volunteers to help make this all happen.
Support 4 Soldiers office, 241 Blue Ravine, Suite #350, Folsom, CA
We are approaching our largest shipment of the year, hoping to more than double any Christmas shipment in our past with 1000 boxes! The brave men and women in our military deserve our support, through prayer and Care Packages. Now is the time to step up and participate to make this happen.
We are in urgent need of many of the Care Package items. Please consider coordinating a dnoation drive: in your neighborhood (our kids love doing these), a your local school, in your small group, with your workgroup, these are fun and easy. We have flyers you can print out that show what we need and why. Add the information as to when you will pick up the donations (for neightborhood or school drives) or where they should bring them (your office, small group meeting). Since most of our items are common household items, many families already have these or will happily purchase some things on the wish list.
So many other needs:
- Printing services – we have thousands of flyers jthat need to be printed before Veteran’s Day weekend. Can you print some for us or donate a printer?
- Host an event such as our Hair-Cut-a-Thon at The Boulevard Salon November 17th! The wonderful ladies will be cutting hair for donations from 9am- 6pm!
- We need donations of tables and chairs for our temporary office space. We use the tables for events as well as for sorting donations, and having card making and signing parties.
- Would you place a donation container for monetary donations are your place of business? We will need $14,000 just to cover the shipping cost of the Care Packages for Christmas.
Please consider how you can help us send encouragement to our military who are deployed overseas. They truly appreciate knowing that people at home care enough to do something about it.
Support 4 Soldiers has two shipments scheduled for the end of October and the end of November.
These shipments are in response to the requests from soldiers on our website.
For more information or to see how you can help,
Sunday, May 27, 2012 Bayside Church Folsom began their campaign to support our Wounded Warriors Project. Bayside Church will be collecting items for the From Bayside With Love Wounded Warriors Project for our 4th of July shipment. Bayside will be collecting donations the next couple weekends for this project.
Wounded Warriors Unit & Landstuhl Hospital
Afghanistan & Germany
This week Support 4 Soldiers will ship special care packages to wounded soldiers in Germany and Afghanistan, thanks to our generous donors. Many are not aware that when our soldiers are wounded and transported to recovery units, they often lose everything they have, including the clothes on their backs. Without family or loved ones there to support them, recovery can be a traumatic experience. After recovery when the soldiers are returned to the field, the military replaces only their issued supplies. Many of their personal belongings are often lost. Support 4 Soldiers supplies the Wounded Warriors Unit with personal items for the soldiers so that they will know we have not forgotten them.
In October, 2011, Support 4 Soldiers was given an amazing opportunity to offer much needed support to a “Wounded Warriors Unit” in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The medical staff at this large base provides excellent treatment for our wounded soldiers, and they did their best to bring in some Christmas cheer too. But nothing can replace being at home with family and friends during the holidays, especially for our wounded soldiers while they rest and recover from injuries sustained on the battlefield.
Although Support 4 Soldiers had already been committed to sending care packages to more than 200 deployed troops in various locations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and even aboard ships at sea, we could not let this call go unanswered. We were determined to bring “a taste of home” to our Wounded Warriors too. So we switched into high gear!
With fantastic support from our local community and beyond, our team was thrilled to be able to send shipments to our deployed soldiers and our wounded warriors…….a total of 424 care packages! We even included Christmas stockings stuffed with goodies from Lighthouse Baptist Church in Brentwood, California, Christmas cookies decorated with love from our baking team, and holiday decorations from many thoughtful donors to help “deck the halls!”
This was the beginning of an extended commitment to our troops at a time when we can give them special attention, get well wishes, and heartfelt prayers for a speedy recovery and safety as they continue to serve our country.
Be sure to check out the Christmas photos we’ve received from our contact in Kandahar. Click on “The Latest” – “Pictures and Videos”
For more info regarding our Wounded Warriors, see:
- How You Can Help – Donations
- How You Can Help – Projects – Wounded Warriors Unit
The Aerospace Museum of California Honors Veterans Day and Partners with Support 4 Soldiers to Help Wounded Warriors
The Museum has partnered with local organization, Support 4 Soldiers, to help bring much needed supplies to wounded warriors in Afghanistan
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – (November 3, 2011) – The Aerospace Museum of California (AMC) (www.aerospaceca.org) announced today a special tribute on Friday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day from 9:00am to 5:00pm with a brief ceremony honoring all veterans at 11:00 a.m. The Air Force Sergeant’s Association of Sacramento is hosting the Museum’s Veterans Day event and the program will be held at the AMC’s Memorial Plaza with a tribute to the flag, followed by the National Anthem, a wreath laying, and will conclude with remarks. Special Museum admission of $5.00 per person (children under the age of five are free) will be available all day.
“We want to honor and thank all veterans for serving this great nation,” said Roxanne Yonn, executive director of the Aerospace Museum of California. “We encourage visitors to enjoy a day at the Museum, be inspired and give thanks to the men and women (both past and present) who served and sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today.”
The community is also invited to donate much needed items to wounded warriors currently stationed in Afghanistan. The AMC has partnered with local non-profit organization, Support 4 Soldiers, and will serve as a drop off point for donations specifically for soldiers that have been injured in battle and are currently recuperating. Soldiers arrive straight from the battlefield and do not have anything with them. For this particular program all donations must be dropped off by November 11th.
Monetary donations will also be accepted and will be used to defray shipping costs and/or purchase additional requested items. Donations are tax deductible; for more information please visit Support4Soldiers.org. In addition, attendees can color pictures, sign cards and flags or just send their thoughts and gratitude to the troops overseas. The organization will also have information on hand regarding its holiday care package program.
Active duty military service members receive free admission to the Museum. To receive free admittance visitors must present a military ID. Admission for the general public is $5.00.
The AMC is a non-profit foundation dedicated to inspirational and educational programs, honoring the rich military and aviation history of the greater Sacramento region, and highlighting the impact and innovation of the Museum’s many community partners. For more information visit www.aerospaceca.org or join us on Facebook www.facebook.com/AerospaceMuseumCA. The Museum is located at 3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan, CA 95652.
Cordially Invite You To Our
SUPPORT 4 SOLDIERS Celebration
2739 E. Bidwell St.
on Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Romano’s is giving back 10% of all sales on this day (breakfast, lunch & dinner)! You can help us raise funds for Support 4 Soldiers just by dining at Romano’s Macaroni Grill on 9/21/2011 while enjoying a delicious meal at the same time!
Bring the entire family and all of your friends!! Make a reservation, walk in, or take it curbside to-go: it all counts!
Bring this flyer or mention that you have come to show your support for our military when you arrive. As a bonus…Romano’s is rewarding the group of family and/or friends with the most participation with a $20 gift card!!!
You can log on to their website: www.macaronigrill.com to view their menu
For reservation call: (916) 984-9401