Love & Comfort Shipped in 2017

Here is the report of estimated totals of 2017 shipments. They are “estimated” because I have rounded off some numbers, and it’s just possible that a few granola bars or bags of coffee slipped through the count. We do our best here in Plymouth, IN, but remember we are all volunteers.

Nearly FIVE TONS of love and comfort went to our troops! Once again I want to give a big THANK YOU to my husband Kenny. Even with the help of many volunteers Kenny ends up handling each of those boxes at least once and more likely multiple times before the post office picks them up.

We are well known by our local postal workers. It may be 20 to 50 boxes at a time that we send. Thanks to the new larger vans they received last year, it only requires one trip instead of two. I’m just glad I don’t have to lift all those boxes at once. It’s their job but they do it with a smile.

Look again at the postage cost – over $15,000 to get these gifts to our troops! Postage is all paid with donations. Operation: Quiet Comfort is staffed entirely by volunteers, and we depend solely on donations from people across the country who believe that our military men and women need to be supported by Americans at home – showing them that a grateful nation truly cares.

Approximately 406 boxes, 9787 pounds, $15,603.45 postage!

Category: GROOMING & HYGIENE
687 Go Bags
228 Large Hygiene Items
376 Travel Size Hygiene Items
361 Toothbrushes
39 pkg. Feminine Hygiene
204 Sunscreen

Category:  CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR
689 Flip Flops
111 pair Socks
115 T-Shirts
48 Sweatpants
106 Sweatshirts
48 Caps
151Boxers
16 pkg. Laundry Detergent

Category: FOOD & EQUIPMENT
1 Bread Machine
1 Bread Board
31 Bread Mix
21 Spreads (PB&J, Honey, Nutella)
1 Large 50 Cup Coffee Maker
1 Keurig
77 Sugar (4 lb. plastic tub)
82 Creamer (plastic tub)
5086 oz. *Good* Coffee
784 servings Instant Coffee
3504 K-cups
6270 individual servings Tea|
410 individual servings Hot Chocolate
9287 individual servings Drink Mix
2 large Drink Mix (8 qt. size)
8685 individual servings Healthy Snacks
658 Microwave Meals
1796 individual servings Jerky
183 boxes Cookies (donated)
65 pkg. Chips
132 bags Candy
71 pkg. Gum
4 bottles Spices (special request)
20 bottles Vitamins (special request)

Category: BEDDING & LINEN
  30 Four Freedoms Gratitude Quilts
117 Small Quilts
13 Lapghans
150 Travel Pillows
318 Pillow Cases

Category: MORALE/WELFARE/RECREATION
95 Puzzle Books
10 Coloring Books
20 pkg. Crayons/Colored Pencils
50 Pens
10 Kick balls
3 boxes Blank Cards (for troops to send home)

Category: SPECIAL PROJECTS
1065 Cool Ties
76 Air Fresheners
1 bag of individual Bug Repellant

Category: HOLIDAY PROJECT

It was impossible to keep an exact count of everything in the stockings and holiday packages but here is my best estimate:

50 Stockings were stuffed with Ornaments, Garland and Lights for the troops to decorate their “home away from home”.  Along with the decorations we sent:
50 Santa Hats
632 Healthy Snacks
400 individual servings Hot Chocolate
4400 individual servings Tea

 525 Holiday Stockings Stateside

(These went stateside to our recovering troops at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Ft. Belvoir, VA)

1818 Holiday Stockings Overseas
These stockings included:
12 Snacks in EACH (over 28,000 snacks such as Hot Chocolate, Candy Cane, Granola Bar, Jerky, etc.)
1240 Hand Warmers
1000 Toe Warmers
2000 Decks Playing Cards
2350 Pens
2350 Puzzle Books
2350 Tissues
350 Lip Balm

THOUSANDS of Christmas cards wishing them Happy Holidays from a grateful nation.

CARDS:  1000s
Besides cards sent in the Holiday stockings and Go Bags we topped off each box with dozens of cards!

THANK YOU for making these shipments possible. It takes everyone doing a little to make a BIG difference, so KEEP TALKING to all of your family, friends and co-workers sharing the mission of Operation: Quiet Comfort. Operation: Quiet Comfort is committed to letting our U.S. Armed Forces men and women know that a grateful nation truly cares!

Jan in IN

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