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May 15, 2018 REPORT

Before you read Kathi's report on last night's Packing event, I need to share with you some bad news.

We were all so busy putting the great donations that we received this past month into the care packages, we forgot to put our hands in our pockets and donate money for postage. Last night's donations amounted to $65.00. When I handed this, the smallest amount ever collected at a Packing Event, to Kathi, she rushed to check the donations listed on the Sign-in Sheet. Lucky for me the amount matched. 
Kathi just handed me the Amex receipt for the postage and fees for the care packages from last night; $635.70. 
I have faith that donations will arrive before Amex needs the $635.70 for postage.

Thanks for considering donating to support this mission.

May is Military month and your care packages are an opportunity to show your appreciation, pride, gratitude, and patriotic support for our Military. 
These care packages are a great way to let all of our heroes know we're behind them, every step of the way. Your care packages keep our service members' morale high, family connections strong and thank them for their sacrifices. 
I have such profound respect for the sacrifices the men and women of our armed forces make. It's an honor to be able to help, and I hope you agree. 
Thank you for standing by our service members on Military month and every day. 
On behalf of our service members, thank you for your support!

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We had a grand packing for May 15th, 2018. We had over 40 folks attend and packed 38 boxes weighing over 500 pounds in total. We welcomed ladies from the Martha Ibbetson Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, Elk Grove High School students, St Julian confirmation candidates and Queen of the Rosary Confirmation students. 
We shipped items donated by JPM Chase Bank and items collected by Military Moms of Fox Valley along with items brought in by individuals. We also made sure that we had a box of Girl Scout cookies in every package. 
May is Military month and our packing is an opportunity to show our appreciation for our Military. We thank all of the folks that came out to support our military! 
We heard back from Okinawa; Kaylee Jamison,

Subject: Thank you!

Message: 
Thank you so much for the wonderful package and notes that we received all the way in Okinawa, Japan! It was such a nice surprise. Sometimes we feel isolated so far away from family and friends, but it's nice to feel the love from back home! I was able to share the treats with my co-workers who were thrilled. Thank you for thinking of us and for all you do! Thanks again and God Bless from 3D Dental Battalion, Okinawa. 
Also, we received an email from Lighthouse Chapel; A Heart full of thanks to you all, I am so glad for your partnership this season. We have received your boxes and will begin distribution into our forward most medical centers on the front lines of Syria and near Jordan.

Many of our Coalition Soldiers come by the Resiliency Center and Chapel to have some peace and enjoy the love and goodies you have sent.

I will be finishing my time here in about 3 weeks, but will be replaced by the CH Luis Lopezcolon . Much of what is sent in the summer will melt so I would refrain from sending chocolate stuff but would encourage freeze pops (straight ones are the easiest) we can get into our freezer, then out to the hot coalition Soldiers working outside. 
Women's care items are a great comfort for our ladies in uniform and provide a sense of care that is unequaled in a war zone.

Thank you again and may God richly bless your work alongside the poor and 
hurting- the lost from God and His care- until we all come home. 
Chaplain Lighthouse Chapel 
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This month, we have received checks from South Elgin High School, Elgin Rotary Club. Abigail Adams via Military Moms on a Mission from their Paint Party! We are very grateful for the love and support of Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit and all of our volunteers and supporters. 
God Bless and keep you all.

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Peace and Love,

Kathi Mode 
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