Thank You Notes

Good morning Kay!

My Battery received your package of Girl Scout Cookies late last week. Since the package consisted of consumable items, it was held at German customs. No worries though, they were still fresh and my guys/gals have went through them very quickly. It is amazing how a gesture like this can brighten the spirits of Soldiers abroad. This was a very generous and thoughtful of you and Greenville Upstate Blue Star Mothers. I am very thankful for your organization and the “little bit” of home my Soldiers got to experience. We are all in good spirits, but certainly counting down the days until we see our families again.

William G. Kimbrell
C/2-263 ADA
Grafenwoehr, Germany

From Susan Luttrell’s nephew:

Hey Aunt Susan, I just wanted to reach out to you and express my gratitude to you and all the Blue Star Mother’s. I received the care packages of Girl Scout cookies and they have made myself and my troops very happy!!!

From Kay Fitzsimmons’ son:

Hope this finds y’all doing well. We just got the 5 big boxes of girl scout cookies! They were a hit. Pretty sure each of the Marines got a full box and a half so I will blame you when they fail their physical fitness test or are overweight haha. We truly appreciated them and please pass along our thanks to the other Blue Star Mothers that helped you.

Major Kevin J. Fitzsimmons

Weapons Company Commander

BLT 2/6 Fire Support Coordinator

26th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Good afternoon Blue Star Mothers of Greenville!

The Dragonslayers of HELSEACOMBATRON SQUADRON ELEVEN (HSC-11) would like to extend a warm and heart-felt THANK YOU for your thoughtful and utterly enjoyable care package. The cookies did not last long but your letter will spend the rest of deployment hanging on the walls of our ready room aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). We have attached to this email a couple photos as a small gesture of our gratitude.

Thank you for supporting our troops. It is moments like these that make the burden a little bit easier to bear. A burden Blue Star Mothers know all too well. Thank you for all YOU do. We can’t do this alone.

With all of our very best.
LTJG Elise Luers
PAO/ 1st Lt
HSC-11 Dragonslayers

P.S. I loved my time as a Girl Scout in New Hampshire. I learned so much and gained a great deal of independence and confidence as a young woman. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the life lessons I learned as a Brownie all the way through my Silver Award. Thank you for reminding me what being a Girl Scout is all about. And continue to dream! You never know where the Girl Scouts might take you — the skies the limit… unless you’re a pilot, then there are no limits!


Ms. Kay Fitzsimmons,
Hello ma’am!  My name is Kristi Tellier and I am deployed at Al Udeid Airbase Qatar.  I wanted to thank you SO much for the Girl Scout cookies!  We are enjoying them immensely and have shared with our Security Forces brothers and sisters working the gates on base.  They were extremely appreciative.  It’s always a nice surprise to get something that reminds us of home – thank you

R, Kristi M. Tellier, SMSgt, USAF

Thank you so much for sending the Girl Scout cookies to my husband LCDR Pegues.  He just sent me an email that expressed his happiness at getting the box.  The long hours at work and high temperatures have impacted everyone.   The cookies were a hit with the troops and put a smile on many faces.  He walked around his work area and passed boxes. From the bottom of my heart – “thank you.”

Sincerely, Kathryn Pegues

Dear Kay and Blue Star Mothers,
THANK YOU!! I want to truly thank you for the Care Packages I have been receiving over the last few weeks. They were shared by all nineteen soldiers in my section and about 10 civilians. I especially loved explaining to everyone exactly where Greenville is and what we had to offer (#yeahthatgreenville). I’m not sure how you received my information but I am so thankful you did. So again on behalf of USARCENT (FWD) G-6, THANK YOU!! Please tell Cheryl Shaffer (return address) thank you as well.

Respectfully, Anitra L. Latimer, SFC, SC

What a great surprise! The Soldiers are loving your gifts. They were like kids in a candy store. There isn’t a way to replace or eliminate the feelings of missing loved ones this time of year but it’s kind thoughts, dedicated service and your patriotic devotion to our Soldiers that delivered many smiles and joyful hearts on this day, here in Afghanistan.

THANK YOU from the Soldiers of the 25th Signal Battalion, 228th TTSB and myself.

SGM  Kenneth O.Green

Just wanted to say THANK YOU the Girl Scout cookies arrived in Japan and Justin was over whelmed. He had never seen so many Girl Scout cookies in his life and shared them with his company.  Please send me information about the Blue Star Mothers.

Elaine Hiler

My name is Tanner Elgin. I am in grim troop 3/3 CR out of Fort Hood Texas. I recently received a care package from you guys and I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated everything that you sent. I actually received a huge amount of care packages from you guys. I was actually born in Greenville, SC so it was really crazy to see that I got packages from Mauldin and Simpsonville. I lived in Florence South Carolina until enlisting in the army. I also went to Clemson for a couple of years before joining the army so I’m a huge Tiger fan. I have been deployed to Afghanistan for the past 7 months so just 2 more left for me. But thank you for everything that you guys do, my platoon had a field day with all the packages that were sent. Thank you again and if I get some good pictures updated to my phone I could send you guys some pictures of some of the guys.

Tanner Elgin

Please pass along our deepest thank you to your team. Over the last few days we have received a number of care packages from the Blue Star Mothers. I can’t tell you how thankful we are to receive them. It is apparent that your team took a great deal of time and pride in putting them together. It truly put a smile on many faces.
Thank you again for what you do and for your support.
CPT Matthew A. Conley
JNCC-A Resource Manager/COR
S1/ S3
Fall 2014
Dear Ms. Dodgens and the Greenville Upstate Blue Star Mothers,
Thank you soooo much for the kind of encouragement and all the items and snacks that you sent us. Even though we are not able to be with our families during the holidays it feels good to know that there are awesome people like you who support and care about us. And your care means more than you know. Several of up teared up at the sight of your overwhelming generosity. We joined the USAF knowing that our mission might separate us from our loved ones. But it is our job to defend and protect our country. Rest assured that we take our job very seriously. We are here to keep you safe and it is our honor to fight for you!
Thank you!!!
Technical Sergeant Mimi Hayes
 Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you so much for the care package. I’m very grateful and I can assure you we are all very happy with the snacks you sent, they are delicious! We appreciate all your efforts to make our holidays that much better since we cannot spend them with our loved ones. So many thanks for the reading material and all the much needed toiletries. We are all doing very well and are more than happy to sacrifice a little bit of our time and commodities so that we can all live safe with piece of mind.
My name is Nancy Muir I serve in the Air Force and this is actually my first deployment. I work in munitions systems and I love my job!  Things are going very well, I’m able to call home every day to speak to my husband and family. Even though I cannot be with them for the holidays I assure you I’ll have a great time spending it with my military brothers and sisters. We know how to have fun and keep spirits high! 🙂 Thank you again for everything you do to support us, have a wonderful thanks giving and a lovely Christmas.  “
Fly, Fight, Win!”
Nancy E. Muir, A1C, USAF
 To Everyone at Blue Star Mothers,
I would like to thank you for the care packages you have sent us. Trahan has shared all of the packages with us and we really appritiate all the care that you put into making these packages. The items included in the boxes makes this deployment seem a lot more like home. Once again thank you so very much god bless, and have a happy holidays!
From Justin Quintero & Jason Grubbs.
Hello over there,
How are you doing? My name is Kayla and I received one of your care packages. I wanted to take the time to thank you. THANK YOU! This package was everything I needed in one. I can tell you guys put the time and effort into this care package. I thank you for that. You truly know what someone deployed needs. It means a lot to me that you guys took the time out of your day to make me smile. Once again thank you for everything. You have brighten this deployment and I don’t know how I could ever repay you guys.
Thank you,
Kayla Tepley
Good day Linda,
I am actually using someone else’s email to write you but I had to say thank you on behalf of all the guys here.  We are stationed at S.C. so it was even good seeing the postage.  From the hand towels to the Bible word search book we were excited to receive.  I was also able to snap a picture or two of the guys looking at the items, so when I am able to upload them you will get our smiling faces.
Please know that we consider it an honor serving so the thanks goes both ways.
Thanks for the love,
LeAndre Khaliq
August 08, 2013
 Mrs. Arrowwood,
I am currently deployed to Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan and I just received a package from your organization. Thanks so much for the box of goodies.  It made my day and the day of about 50 of my co-workers. As this “conflict” is winding down it’s good to know that some of the American population realize we still have a presence here.  Plus, I am a native of South Carolina so it was nice to see something with the palmetto imprinted on it. Thanks again.
CW4 Robert C. Cudd, Jr.
B 2/149th Aviation
Standardization Pilot
Mrs. Arrowwood,
We received a wonderful care package from your organization this week. Everything was a tremendous blessing. The items have already been put out on our distribution shelves and are being enjoyed!
I wish to express, on behalf of everyone in my command, our deep appreciation for the love and care you have expressed through your generous gifts. The support from home means so very much.
We pray your summer is going well back home in South Carolina.
Thank you and Sincerely,
Bryan K Crittendon
LCDR    CHC      USN
Command Chaplain, 2nd MAW (FWD)

Merry Christmas,

Thank you so much for all my goodies!! It’s really tough being away from family for the holidays, but having mothers’ like you all make things a lot easier. Thanks again for caring and not forgetting about us over here.

Ashley Spears

01 December 2012

Company Executive Officer
1LT George Smith
3rd BCT Rakkasan, 101st Airborne Division
FOB Salerno
APO AE 09314

Dear Greenville Upstate Blue Star Mothers,

The purpose of this letter is to express my sincere gratitude for your generosity, compassion, and support. The items contained within the package were tremendously appreciated. I was and still am extremely overwhelmed by the effort, presentation, and attention to detail dedicated towards the package. I understand that it takes a heartfelt person to willingly construct a care package and more so to volunteer to sponsor a Soldier as a reminder of our great nation.

I thank you Ladies for sending a package that eases my deployment and mind. You may not truly know the extent to which I was moved by your kindness and support but I want to extend my reassurance that this gift was and will always be a pinnacle experience during my current deployment. This is my 4th deployment and 4th holiday season away from home. This year my Christmas gift will be potentially returning home. As in the case of other deployments, in the beginning I pondered about what I would love to receive as a gift for Christmas, i.e., an iPad. The reality is our safe return home is a gift no other can ever replace.

Thank you once again and please accept my gratitude. You and our families are the true heroes as you are the Americans who remind us why we gladly, honorably, and without hesitation sacrifice ourselves.

George L. Smith
First Lieutenant, US Army
Company Executive Officer


My name is Erik Dickinson, TSgt USAF. My unit has received several care packages from you while we are deployed. I just wanted to say thank you, and we appreciate the packages. We are safe and taking care of business here.

Thank you, once again, for thinking of us,

TSgt Erik Dickinson

What a great surprise! The Soldiers are loving your gifts. They were like kids in a candy store. There isn’t a way to replace or eliminate the feelings of missing loved ones this time of year but it’s kind thoughts, dedicated service and your patriotic devotion to our Soldiers that delivered many smiles and joyful hearts on this day, here in Afghanistan.
THANK YOU from the Soldiers of the 25th Signal Battalion, 228th TTSB and myself.
I would like to send you my appreciation for the packages that I received yesterday. I shared them with those in my Ops center and were greatly appreciated. It is heartwarming to know that we have still have the support of folks from back home, especially during this time of the year. Thank you.
Jonathan R. Browder
I received your package today. Thank you so very much.  I love Thin Mints and you sent 4 boxes!  I have shared all the goodies with the others in my unit and they are much appreciated. Thank you for thinking of us.
Jennifer DuBois
S-3 Project Officer, 160th SIG BDE
Camp Arifjan, Kuwait
Mrs. Linda Dodgens,
I wanted to thank you and the Blue Star Mothers so much for your thoughtful care package and prayers. It means a lot to the guys out here to receive stuff and know that they have people back home that are thinking about them. We received your package last week, so it was well in time for Christmas. Tell Luke thanks for his thoughtful letter, and that we appreciate him sending us supplies. We will be thinking of you guys as we enjoy our food and goodies.
Thanks again for your generosity.
SFC William Causey
I wanted to say thank you so much for all of the care packages you sent our unit.  Everyone is so grateful for it especially around the holidays.  They have been arriving in batches over the past two days with more on the way today from what I’ve been told.  It really lifts everyone’s spirits around here to receive something like that!  And it isn’t even just our unit, but the entire base that is grateful because we were able to pass some of them around to the other units here with us and also putting some at the morale tent and chapel for everyone to enjoy.
Thank you again, and I hope you all have the happiest of holidays!
Blue Star Mothers,
I would like to personally thank you and all the volunteers that
helped to gather and make the care packages that my unit has received from your  organization. And it was a very unexpected surprise and it was great to get a little bit of home while were away from our families and friends. So thank you all again for the time and thoughtfulness that went in to the care packages.
Your Truly,
SSgt Conklin
Hello Blue Start Mothers! 🙂
Words cannot express how beautiful it was to open this package. I am truly at awe with your thoughtfulness and kindness and with the fact that you guys took the time to collect these items and send them to us.
This is my first deployment and I didn’t realized there were people like you guys who would cared enough to send us things 🙂
Please know this meant a lot and I hope you guys have a beautiful Holiday season and thank you again for thinking of us.
Lt Samantha Garrido
 On behalf of everyone here, I would like to thank you for all the
“Xmas” care packages that you have sent us.  We really appreciate it and are grateful for your support. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you!
Thank you again,
Ricardo Mora
Matthew Wilkerson
To everyone involved,
My name is Sean Helm, and I am an F-16 Avionics Technician, currently deployed with the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. Today our Section received a number of your packages, and to say the least we are absolutely thrilled! They were awesome. You can guarantee that everything that we received will be used. The flavored water packages, deodorants, pens, pencils, are all items over here that you can never have too much of, and sometimes hard to come by.
I just wanted to send you guys a quick email just expressing how very
thankful we are to have people like you making our time away from Home, Family and Friends, a little easier. These packages are a huge morale boost, and nothing can describe how awesome it is to come into work and seeing your amazing care packages. Again, thank you for all your organization does for us. It does not go unnoticed/ unappreciated. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New year.
Sean Helm, SSgt, USAF
Ms. Arrowwood,
I am writing to thank you and the Blue Star Mothers for the care package you recently sent my way. The rest of the guys (and gals) in my unit love getting goodies from back home. We are well fed and taken care of out here, but reminders from home are always great. We tore into the Peppermint Patties as soon as they came out of the box.
We are lucky where I am to be relatively safe and secure from danger. Please keep us in your prayers, but more importantly, please keep the families of the fallen, the wounded, and all those on the front line in your prayers.
Merry Christmas to all of you,
Stephen Wilson
18 Dec 2012
Blue Star Mothers,
Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings! I am currently deployed to the middle east and received a care package from our Chaplain that was sent by your organization. I wanted to spend a moment to write you and thank you for all you do to support the troops that are serving over here.
We have a spot set up in our main tent that my guys can come to read letters and cards that have been sent to us, we also have a shelf system that allows the guys to pick the items they need. Usually the candy and snacks go first. We all appreciate the kindness that people have and the the troop support still amazes even in my third trip around the world.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank you again for all you do to support us.
1st Sargent William vonAhnen

Dear Mary,

Thank you and everyone from the Greenville Upstate Blue Star Mothers for the very large packages ya’ll sent us. I was able to give everyone something from the boxes. The excess items we are taking out on our next mission to a smaller FOB that doesn’t have access to a PX. Thank you all for everyone’s thoughts, prayers and continued support back home. I means a lot to us over here!! I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and have a Happy New Year. I went to Ft. Jackson, SC for my AIT basic training.

Amanda Wilson

Merry Christmas. Thank you for the care packages. All the stuff is great and will be used by soldiers in the Company or myself.

Thanks Again,
Justin B. Dedden
Chosin 5







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