The Prayer Angels for the Military officials are asking for the help of the Santa Clarita community.
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The group is planning to meet Sept. 13, from 12-2p.m. at the Newhall Library to fill boxes to send to deployed United States troops, and the Santa Clarita community is invited to help prepare the care packages for the troops.
“We still have local deployed troops and some have suffered losses and injuries in their units. They still need support and prayers from our community,” said Suzon Gerstel, president of the Prayer Angels for the Military. “We are also happy to have Chuck Morris helping us.”
Tables will be set up to make cards for the troops to go into their boxes.
Officials are requesting for help with donated items. Items needed include: Individual sealed packages of granola bars, beef jerky, snacks, canned ravioli & hearty soups with pop tops, peanut butter, Ritz type crackers, tuna kits, Starbucks type ground coffee, individual drink packets, white or black cotton crew socks, good razors (2 or 3 blade), body wash, lotion, unscented baby wipes, zip-lock bags (gallon & quart), international phone cards (AT&T only), AA/AAA batteries, K-9 treats and toys for large military dogs. Please include a card or letter of thanks.
Cash donations are also needed for shipping.
Donations can be dropped off at the library 10am – 2pm on day of event or taken in advance to a Prayer Angel location.
The main Prayer Angels for the Military site is located at 21609 Oak Orchard Rd, Newhall, CA 91321.
Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to the main site or made online thru PayPal at the website.
Deployed troops can be registered online or by email to receive care packages.
Contact Gerstel at 661-799-8865 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or additional drop off sites.
About Prayer Angels for the Military
We started out as a handful of women supporting our children and husbands in the first deployment to Iraq in 2003. Almost immediately they gave us the names of other Marines and soldiers who also needed our prayers and support. After that, the list just kept growing. Our group of supporters grew, too, and Prayer Angels for the Military was officially founded July 14, 2004.
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Being in existence less than two years, Prayer Angels for the Military has accomplished quite a lot. We have supported an Army National Guard group of more than 45 men and women in Camp Scania, Iraq, and received the citation of Home Town Heroes. We were in San Bernardino to welcome them home in February, 2005. We have also supported a group of more than 90 Marines in Fallujah, Iraq, and were on hand for their homecoming in Miramar in March, 2005. At our HEROES’ DAY, honoring the Troops, held September 11, 2005, we received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon. This event was attended by Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth and Councilmembers Marsh McLean and Bob Kellar who helped us and the community make and sign 1000 cards for the Troops.
With prayers and mail, we currently support approximately 700 Troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas of deployment. They are all in our hearts and prayers and we will continue to support them until they all come home.
Our approximately 25 members include wives, mothers, fathers, family and friends of military personnel (some of whom are currently deployed overseas), veterans’ wives and others who share the same passion of praying for and supporting our Troops. Schools, churches, employee groups, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, the Boys’ and Girls’ Club and other youth groups continue to join us in our card and letter writing efforts to boost the morale of our Troops overseas and in hospitals.
We meet formally twice a month (on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays) to pray, hand make cards, write letters, share Troop concerns and schedule care packaging days and upcoming events. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated for care packaging days and event participation and are welcome to join us at our meetings.
Source: Santa Clarita News