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As most of you know, our fellow board member, Clarkster, is deployed in Afghanistan for the next year. He is currently at a base very close to the Pakistan border. Because of his location, internet connectivity is almost non-existent.

This isn't Clark's first go around being deployed, but many of the troops in his unit are on their first deployment. While Clark was a little more prepared, many of his fellow troops weren't nearly has prepared as he is.

So, talk to friends and relatives, church members, whomever and help collect some stuff to send to them. I'm going to get a package to send and I'm also going to start a collection at my local Hooter's to get stuff to send as well.

Here is the the content of an email his wife Michele (a.k.a. NoPeeMagee/1LMichele) sent to me to give you an idea of what to send. Packages can be sent to Clark and he will make sure the items get to the troops in his unit.

Hey Bartster =)

Was great talking to ya! Here is the address for the soldiers' care packages:

SFC Clark Magee
Unit 5o4th BfSB
FOB Spin Boldak
APO AE 09355

Honestly, ANYTHING people can send would be of great help as the younger troops have pretty much nothing...

Magazines (NO porn allowed.... Maxim IS ok though)
Anything of entertainment value... i.e. books, dvd's, movies, cards? games, etc.

of course personal items are greatly appreciated:
towels, wash cloths, razors, etc.

Snacks... (and this IS from Clark... lol) you know he loves his peanut M&M's!!

Really, maybe others would have more creative, imaginative ideas... just whatever they think would be of great help & a wonderful surprise =)

Thanks again Bart!!
xoxo​

Let's help make these troops feel appreciated and let them all know we're thinking of them.

Thanks everyone!
 

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I think I just might have a few extra bucks for a care package.
thanks for posting
 

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I think I just might have a few extra bucks for a care package.
thanks for posting
And you know, it's not about the quantity, it's the thought that counts. If everyone sent just a few small items, it would mean the world to them. One thing I did for a friend who was deployed was send a bunch of toiletries that I had scarfed from hotels when I used to go on business trips. That and over the calf tube socks and salted in the shell peanuts. They loved it.

If you want more ideas, check out this page from Operation Shoebox's website:

http://www.operationshoebox.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12&Itemid=16
 

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I have a whole bunch of paper back books I was going to taketo good will,
But I think I would much rather send them to the troops in Afghanistan
 

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Well, now I know what to do with my motorcycle magazines after I read them. Also alot of us will be going on motorcycle trips this summer so, gather up all the toiltries from the hotels/motels.
 

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I think we can help out in this.
 

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I just mailed out a goody package. I hope he has good dental care with all those M+Ms. Bartman,thanks for the heads up.
 

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from experience with my son and his buddies. Small things that can fit in pockets. Gum and the bite size candy bars go over very well. Also jerky is a favorite. obviously if you can find out favorites, good soap is a plus also. My son, too, likes books but those are difficult unless you know preferences. I know this sounds odd, but I always include toys, just for comic relief. I send bubbles and my son says they go nuts outside their hootch blowing bubbles and everyone does it. I guess you have to be there.:lol::lol:
 

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The Post Office has a nice sized box that they will ship for around $11.00.... if it will fit in the box, it ships...
 

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what is best to ship.

Some of the most popular items sent were Playboy and Penthouse (remove the cover and replace with


Some of the most popular items were Playboy and Penthouse(remove the cover and replace with Car and Driver or other mag cover. Mouth wash was very popular. I heard some bottles were filled with vodka and food coloring. Any thing like Countrytime lemonade or Crystal lite to make water taste better. Paddle ball was very popular. Just try to send a lot of practial things and a couple of items someone can have some fun with.
 

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We have family over in Kandahar and they wanted, Towels, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, sheets, magazines, xbox games..... Anything that smells good. Thank you all for helping the true warriors.
 

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I'm going to see what I can find and send. Anyway I can make their life better while I enjoy the freedom they provide.

THANKS for the post!
 

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Two boxes sent bump.
 

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Y'all Are Too Cool for School!

I just got my NIPRnet set up in my office over here and read, with delight, what y'all are doing for the young troops over here. That's so awesome! The joes will be most appreciative. There's not really much at this remote FOB. It'll be such a morale booster for them. Heck, we might even get a few prospective Goldwingers out of the deal!

Oh, and BTW, No-Pee Magee sent the wrong address to Bartster. No worries, the address y'all used will suffice, but it's NOT AAPO AE, it's just APO AE...but some of you guys probably figured that out by yourselves.

Looking forward to receiving the care packages you all so graciously sent (in particular, those Peanut M&Ms!) I'll be sure to give the bulk of the goodies to the young troops. Y'all are awesome!

Special thanks to my dear buddy Bartster for sharing our address with the fellas!
 

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Just corrected the address in the OP. I thought it looked a little weird but I wasn't about to question "the wife!"
 

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"Not questioning the wife" is probably one of the best decisions you or anyone else can make.
 
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