Roseburg VA Appreciation Day

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Roseburg VA Appreciation Day

Soldiers’ Angels in Oregon participated in a wonderful Veteran appreciation day at the Roseburg VA.  Sandy Marcell and Donna Madison joined several other Veteran organizations, families and Veterans for a nice lunch and carnival, complete with Wii bowling!  Lap blankets, quilts and hats were given to the Veterans and the best  gift of all of course,  was time spent with an incredible group of people who have served and sacrificed for the rest of us.   Thank you Veterans!! We Appreciate you!!

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Day of the Deployed October 26

Soldiers’ Angels 4th Annual Day of the Deployed is upon us.

Americans are encouraged to reaffirm their patriotism and allegiance to our flag and country, and to honor our brave men and women in uniform who are selflessly putting their lives on the line to protect and preserve our way of life. How? Think big, think small, but just…think. Ideas are under my signature line.

Then put those thinking muscles in motion and do something that day in their honor. Join us in celebrating our deployed heroes and their families on October 26, 2009.

Do you want to help honor our deployed heroes and their families on Oct 26– DAY OF THE DEPLOYED? Email ShelleMichaels@msn.com or ShelleMichaels@soldiersangels.org to get a Day of the Deployed Kit. Time is ticking— learn how to help. SUBJECT LINE: DoD Kit

Soldiers’ Angels YARD SALES FOR TROOPS

All across the nation on Saturday, October 3rd, community yard/garage sales will take place to support Soldiers’ Angels. To find out if there is one in your area – click here

Yard Sales for Troops Unite Nation Soldiers’ Angels Volunteers Raise Money for Support Projects PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Across the country this weekend, Americans are uniting in support of the troops through the First Annual Soldiers’ Angels Sale-abration. In metropolitan areas, small towns and on military bases, from Alaska to Florida and Southern California to Vermont, patriots are raising money for troop support activities through community-based yard sales. Angel volunteers organizing each Sale will be donating a percentage of their profits to Soldiers’ Angels, helping to support deployed or wounded soldiers. The grassroots Sales are sponsored by military support nonprofit Soldiers’ Angels, whose motto is “May No Soldier Go Unloved.” An award-winning organization with nearly 200,000 hands-on volunteers around the world, Soldiers’ Angels assists active duty, wounded, veterans, military families through over 30 separate teams and projects. Angels participating in Sale-abration are working on two missions: raising money for the Soldiers’ Angels Holidays for Heroes and Project Valour-IT, and introducing their neighbors to the variety of hands-on ways they can demonstrate their support for America’s military men and women. At each Sale, customers will find blankets and 300 holiday cards on which to write greetings for the troops, and Soldiers’ Angels bracelets will go to the first 25 customers at each site. Sale-abration coordinator Greta Perry has been amazed by the response Soldiers’ Angels has received to this first-time event. “We figured 10 would be a good goal for the first year. To have 80 is just fantastic. Our volunteers really want to bring attention to Soldiers’ Angels in their community, to draw others into actively supporting the troops. So many people are looking for ways to support our heroes, and this is a great opportunity to learn how by connecting with people who are already doing it.” For more information, including a list of Sale-abration locations, see http://www.soldiersangels.org. Established in 2003, Soldiers’ Angels is a nationwide volunteer-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, as well as veterans and military families. For more information, seewww.soldiersangels.org or call 615-676-0239. Tax ID# 20-0583415, CFC#25131.

Living Legends Team – Angels of Comfort

Soldiers’ Angel Cynthia is a part of theLiving Legends team, which provides condolences and comfort to families of the fallen through letters, cards, and very special gifts of comfort and remembrance.  Cynthia is personally responsible for contacting families and offering them a tree or wreath in memory of their loved one.  She also makes sure any young children involved receive a Patches teddy bear, which is specially crafted to help them express their emotions amid the tragedy of losing a parent.

Angels of Comfort

The last two months have seen a high rate of casualties, especially in Afghanistan, and the Living Legends team has been very busy.  Cynthia recently shared with the rest of the team:

…After talking with family after family the last few days, I thought it was time to make sure each and every one of you understands how very important you are and what a special thing it is you are doing. Mother after mother, wife after wife, father after father, and husband after husband have told me how much those cards mean to them.

Not once in the two years I have been doing this have I ever had to explain Soldiers Angels to any of our families–each and every person knew, and the appreciation is so enormous. One Grandfather told me this weekend that we have done so much for them that they hated to impose anymore by taking a tree. I’m told over and over how amazed they are that people all over the country–people they don’t know–would be so kind, go to such trouble for them.

Each of you, when you send a card, is a wonderful ambassador for Soldiers Angels and you make my job at little easier. Some families have told me that at especially rough times, they go back to their box of Angel cards and read them again for comfort. It doesn’t matter that none of us have the perfect words–when I call, I certainly don’t because there simply are none–but the fact that you reach out to them means so much, they are so grateful that people care; you just can’t imagine.

So, if ever you feel that your one card doesn’t matter, that you can’t possibly say anything that will make a difference, don’t you dare stop! You are a lifeline to so many, and those cards and letters will carry into the future. Sadly, many of our heroes have children they never met or who are too young to remember who Mom or Dad was.  Your cards are being kept to give to those children and hopefully your words will help these children fill that empty place with the understanding that Mom or Dad was very special–so special, so appreciated, that people from all over the States wrote to say so.

So, thank you again.  I, too, appreciate the caring and thoughtful way you pave the road for me. The bios [on each fallen hero, researched and assembled by Living Legend team members] are so helpful to me because I can read each one, and when I talk to one of our families I know something about them, which makes me a little more like a long-lost friend that a stranger. Plus, I see the photos and sometimes it helps me know what to say. I know putting those bios together is not an easy job, reading them isn’t easy either and you know what?–It really shouldn’t be.

Soldiers’ Angels proudly gives its most respectful salute to the amazing Angels of the Living Legends team.  They willingly step into the most painful of situations, honoring America’s heroes and comforting their grieving families during the most difficult time. They are truly Angels of a most special breed.

Soldiers’ Angels host Ice Cream Social at Portland VAMC

Set up and Ready to Go

Set up and Ready to Go

Melissa and Gang Ready to serve!

Melissa and Gang Ready to serve!

Edna Entertains the Veterans!

Edna Entertains the Veterans!

Thank you Edna for your wonderful dancing!

Thank you Edna for your wonderful dancing!

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Soldiers Angels Ice Cream Social at the Portland VAMC. Thank you to all our wonderful Veterans for allowing us to share in your day!

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Soldiers' Angels Ice Cream Social at the Portland VAMC. Thank you to all our wonderful Veterans for allowing us to share in your day!

Soldiers’ Angels Needs Your Cookie Recipes!

Dear Angels, Warriors, Celebrities, Sponsors, and Friends…

The first Soldiers’ Angels cook book, Angel Delightsthe Cookie cook book, has been a best seller and fund raiser for Soldiers’ Angels, so it is time for SECOND EDITION.
 
 
Please send recipe submissions in the following catagories:

Bar Cookies
Drop Cookies
Roll-and-Cut Cookies
Pressed and Molded Cookies
Brownies and Blondies
Refrigerator and Slice-and-Bake Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Miscellaneous and Unusual Cookies

Celebrity recipes are wanted — Soldiers’ Angels  must receive the recipe directly from the celebrity (ShelleMichaels@SoldiersAngels.org) or to the Angel submitting the recipe however, Soldiers’ Angels cannot accept recipes that are copied from celebrity Web sites and emailed over from Angels.
 
 
We are also collecting recipes for our Meals Ready to Go/Eating on a Budget cookbook that will roll out shortly after the 2nd Cookie cookbook.  We especially encourage our Warriors to get involved with this cookbook– what do you eat- that is fulfulling when you are on limited time/supplies?
 
If you have any inspirational quotes, poems, stories to share- please send them along as well.. (please limit to 3 paragraphs if possible for editing purposes) for strategic placement in the cookbooks- we may need to edit and space is limited, so not all submissions will be included, but we will file away for a future project.
 

Maximum of 10 recipes per person.

Please email MaryAnn for the template (fmawriter@aol.com). The deadline is August 31, 2009 so we can get the book published in time for holiday gift giving. (Please do not wait for the deadline– get your recipes in now.)

Thank you and we look forward to another successful cookie book. To purchase the first edition, please head over to our Angels Store- www.AngelsStore.org. All proceeds from the Angels Store go directly back into supporting our heroes.

Kind regards,

MaryAnn 
fmawriter@aol.com
 
Shelle
ShelleMichaels@SoldiersAngels.org

Angels Needed

Hello angels! We’ve been invited to set-up a booth to help promote our organization during the Rose Festival madness at the waterfront village in Portland.

We need 2-3 volunteers per date.

the dates/times are:

Monday, May 25th @ 4 pm – 6 pm
Friday, May 29th @ 6 pm – 8 pm
Saturday, June 6th @ 2 pm – 4 pm

Please contact: Melissa French – sactlwa01@gmail.com
if you can help!