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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:26 pm

Package going out this afternoon......hopefully there by Th.
Thanks again for doing this for our troops.

UPDATE:
Package did not make it out yet.
Will be in the mail Th afternoon....hopefully there by Sat.
Coming atcha USPS Priority Mail


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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:36 pm

I would like to tell everyone what a great guy (which I'm sure most people here know) Frenchy is at http://www.frenchyspipes.com/index.php . I ordered some cobs to put in the Pipe Gift packs. He refunded $15 off our order and threw in some pipe lighters when he found out what we are doing for the troops. I'm not sure if my fellow BoB's know but Frenchy has been sending stuff for our troops for awhile.

Thanks Frenchy
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:59 pm

Thanks Frenchy! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:13 pm

Here is a picture of whats in the pipe gift packs I have been making up with everyones donations.

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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Thu Nov 13, 2008 2:43 pm

Mike,

I think all of us can honestly say that we can't thank you enough for what you are doing with this project. Thanks so much for your hard work in honoring our troops!
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:55 pm

My Package left headed west to-day, Ken
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:56 pm

Gentleman, I received a message of thanks today along with a picture from a medic in Afghaninstan who received some of our first two boxes. I am getting ready to ship out two more. I have enough stuff to make up another two boxes this week. So far I've been able to make up ten boxes of goodies with all of the donations that I have received. I thank all of you once again for your help in this project.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:02 pm

That's a great picture Mike!
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:09 pm

Great Photo. Good to see our boys enjoying some of the weed.
Thanks Mike for heading this up and keeping us informed.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:06 pm

That is awesome Mike! Thanks for posting the photo!
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:07 pm

Mike,
Thanks for sharing the photo with all of us. Great job. Glad to see the guys have a moment of peace.
Andy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:37 pm

Smiles in that part of the world can be worth their weight in gold.

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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:59 pm

Mike, thanks again for gtting and keeping this whole thing together, and for posting photo. Those guys as we know are what it's all about.

Bd

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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:56 am

Those smiles are what it's all about. Mike, you da man!
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Fri Nov 21, 2008 1:17 pm

Three more packages went out today to an artillery outfit that Bulldog Bruce was so kind to provide the address too. Way to go Bruce.

That makes a total of seven boxes going out so far to our troops. Still have at least five more to go. As it stands right now we have collected 180 cigars, enough pipes/blends for 31 gift packs, 20 tins of chewing tobacco and 20 packs (5 corolla's per pack) of cigars along with decks of cards and other small items.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:50 pm

Mikem wrote:
Three more packages went out today to an artillery outfit that Bulldog Bruce was so kind to provide the address too. Way to go Bruce.

That makes a total of seven boxes going out so far to our troops. Still have at least five more to go. As it stands right now we have collected 180 cigars, enough pipes/blends for 31 gift packs, 20 tins of chewing tobacco and 20 packs (5 corolla's per pack) of cigars along with decks of cards and other small items.

AWESOME!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:12 pm

Gentleman, today I received a letter form one of the individuals in the above picture, I believe the guy in the Boony hat. It says the following:

"11 Nov 2008

Hello Michael

Thank you for the gift pack. I have been smoking cigars for a few years now, and have never considered a pipe before. I kept one, and I must admit, it was a very pleasant experience. I think so far, the English blends are my favorite. Donít get me wrong, the cigars will not go to waste, still my first love. I found that many of my cigar buddies were interested in the pipes. It didnít take long before all were gone. We took a picture of the ER pipe crew and tried to post to the Brothers of Briar web page. Iím not the computer guy, I leave that to better qualified men. It didnít work. We are not working with the best Internet server here. The military puts a lot of restrictions on what we can do with the system. I tried printing the picture to mail it, but, we donít have a printer that was up to the task either. I would appreciate it if you would pass along to the other club members that their contributions were well received form all of us, thank you. We really appreciate that there are people at home who appreciate what we are doing over here. Itís an honor to serve, but itís nice to know that folks at home are thinking of us. Thank you for the gifts, and the thoughts behind them.

Sincerely

TSgt John Bartram
USAS Task Force Med ER"

I echo his sentiments. Thank you once again for all of your guys help in this project. Two more boxes go out tomorrow and the rest this Friday. We will have sent out twelve boxes and now a possible thirteen.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:41 pm

Mike,

Thanks so much for everything and for sharing the correspondence from the troops! It just made my day! Very Happy We will never be able to repay them for their service or yours Mike.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:06 am

You don't know how much they realy realy apreceate it .. I could only imagine the look of joy and the wisecrackin jokes and smiles that were made when they opened that box.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:36 am

I echo PipeRanters comment...
this is a really great thing that you are doing for us troops! thanks all for supporting our brothers that are now playing down in the sandbox!
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:46 pm

Gentleman, I received another letter of thanks today from the gentleman in the picture. They must of got the second set of boxes I sent for them to distribute. The humidor he is talking about (1 of 2) was donated by DocWatson and the scarves were made by Bulldog Bruce's wife.

Here is what he wrote:

"28 November 2008

Hello Mike

Greetings from Afghanistan to you and the Brothers of Briar. Thank you for the care packages. Good thing you sent the humidor, you sent so many cigars I wouldnít have room to properly store them. What a great problem to have! Donít worry; I have enough cigar buddies that they wonít go to waste. I carry a 10 stick travel humidor to work with me every day. On a good day I might get 2 cigars a day, but you just canít be without a spare or 8. I just like to know if a guy over here wants a stogie, he can have one. Thanks to the generosity of folks like you, thatís just not a problem. Those pipes were also really nice; I think Iíll have to keep the English pipe. Itís just too cool! The scarves were a big hit; the ladies in the ER really appreciated them. Itís starting to get cold here. The afternoons are still nice, but the evening chill and morning frost are getting closer together. It wonít be long before itís cold all the time. Fortunately, we just completed the ďShade.Ē You see, the hospital has a smoking area on the roof, where we took the pictures. Itís great, but we werenít authorized to have a roof, so we built a canvas ďShadeĒ on the top and the sideís that wind comes from. Because there is absolutely no excuse for missing out on a quality pipe or cigar, besides we had the time on our hands. Youíd be proud; I think Iím getting the hang of packing my pipe. Itís a lot more difficult that I had originally thought. Practice, practice, practice, itís the only way to get good at anything. Iím not complaining, itís a fine excuse to smoke a pipe. Not that I need an excuse. Luckily, my boss is one of the guys in that picture, makes it easy to get a smoke break. Just as long as itís not busy in the ER. Fortunately, things have been pretty quiet here. The bad guys really donít like to fight in the cold. Itís about the only thing they do over here that makes any sense to me. Still, itís nice to have the down tempo. Besides, excessive patient load could negatively impact my smoking, and we just canít have that. On the bright side, most of our combat injuries are Afghan Army soldiers. If you ask me, thatís how it should be. I sure donít mind patching these boys up, seems better than patching up our own. Mike, I just wanted to thank you for thinking of us over here. It means a lot to me that there are folks like you and Brothers of Briar who are concerned enough about us over here to send such wonderful gifts. Thank you, your friend, John

Sincerely

TSgt John Bartram
455th Air Expeditionary Wing
Task Force Med ER"


Great going guys. As a side note I had a two day set back in getting the last of the packages out. I had to work and my wife was feeling ill so four of them didn't get out until today. The last one apparently has a zip code issue that I need to contact the person who supplied the address and get the correct zip code. It is going to Camp Basra in Iraq. If I am not mistaken that will make a total of twelve boxes sent, all from donations of stuff from you guys and a great group of guys I work with at USAirways. They helped with donations of pipe tobacco, cigars and chewing tobacco. As soon as I have a couple of minutes I will put down the total of what all we sent and to where. I can't say it enough, Thanks again for all of your help in this endeavor.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:11 am

Thanks so much Mike! Reading this thread and the stories from the troops is the highlight of logging onto BoB.

Just Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:32 am

Gentleman

Here is a final total of what we have sent out to the troops this year. IMHO this year was a great success and I again thank you guys and my fellow inspectors in Phoenix at USAirways for making this all happen. We sent out twelve boxes (total) to the following serviceman for distribution.

SSG Aaron Thacker (Iraq); one box
SSG John Sloan (Iraq); one box
Charles Breland (Iraq, moral office); two boxes
SSgt Richard Boone (Iraq); one box
SSgt Jonathan Bartram (Afghanistan); four boxes
1st Lieutenant? (I think) (not sure by APO if Iraq or Afghanistan, pretty sure it's Afghanistan); three boxes

In total we sent out:

42 pipe gift packs that consisted of at least four blends (at least one tin and three commercial pouches of pipe tobacco or three pouches of bulk), pipe, matches or a lighter and pipe cleaners
166 cigars
15 (5 packs) of Corona cigars
40 tins of chewing tobacco
5 tins (100 gm or larger) and a couple of extra pounds of bulk
14 decks of playing cards
Scarfs, tea, chapstix, etc.

Thank you once again for all of your support this year. You guys made this all happen, I am just the humble shipper of gifts. santa I am sure we have made quite a few serviceman happy this Christmas, if not for the gifts, for remembering them out there during the holidays and for what they are doing. cheers cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Wed Dec 10, 2008 1:57 pm

Mike,

As I said before, we cannot thank you enough for doing this and providing us the avenue to participate. Thank you so much!!! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Christmas Care Package for the Troops   Sat Dec 13, 2008 2:27 am

Mike,

As J P said, Chris and I thankfull for the opportunity you have given us to participate and let the troops know we are thinking of them and appreciate all they are doing so far from home.

Bruce
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