An empty chair

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day many families will be missing someone during their holiday celebrations. If they are in one of the branches of the armed forces, gifts and goodies were mailed early so they would be received before Christmas Day. Even though the hurricane interfered with the normal schedule, the Coastal Bend Troop Support volunteers still sent special Christmas boxes.

Last week a letter arrived.

“I wanted to take a minute and thank you for the packages that you sent to me recently, Though I’m pretty well taken care of, I shared the contents of the boxes with the rest of my company and you’ll be happy to know that my company command post is now decorated up with garland and ornaments – from my Headquarters Platoon, thanks for your supplies.

I appreciate the work that all of you put into our Armed Forces troops that are deployed and know that it does make a difference for many of us that have to be away from our families and the traditions that we know and love during overseas trips like this. Keep up the good work!”


1SG Matthew A. Hanson, Company First Sergeant

A Co., 3-141 INF, “Animals”

The memory of this message will encourage the volunteers as they go to the “After Christmas Sales” to restock supplies of decorations. Throughout the year, the boxes of hygiene products, snacks and reading material will continue to be filled and mailed. Fundraisers will be held and donations accepted. And, in November 2018, boxes of decorations will be sent again to a new list of men and women deployed in combat areas to remind them of home.