Packages for the Troops
July 2012 Care
Packages for the Troops took place at the American Legion Post 56
on July 12. Members of VFW Post 1463 and its Ladies Auxiliary stepped
up to the
plate once more and covered all aspects of this project from start to
Thirteen Ladies Auxiliary members met at the Post on July 10 to prepare
shipping forms for the packages. Then, on July 12 our Post veterans
members pitched in by shopping for needed items in the morning, moving
tables to the Legion for setup and gathering and sorting all the donated
From late afternoon into the evening we packed the care packages and
them for shipping the next day. Legion members and local citizens also
The Ladies Auxiliary held a Buddy Poppy event on Memorial Day weekend
funds. Donations from that event and from Poppy cans around the Post
$575. Therefore we proudly presented a check for $575 to event coordinator
Frey to help defray shipping costs.
Commander Ellis has received thank you notes from two of the recipients
care packages, and you can read them below!
Ladies of the auxiliary prepared customs forms for shipping care packages.
Commander Joel Ellis and Sr. Vice Commander Ron Lantz get hundreds of
pairs of socks ready to pack.
Everything is ready for the volunteers.
Auxiliary members present a $575 check to Tim Frey, event coordinator.
August 06, 2012 12:00 AM
To: 'Joel Ellis'
Cc: Carl Steffy
Subject: Message from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan ...
Mr. Ellis & Mr. Steffy,
My name is Etienne Cavallaro. I am a Chief Warrant Officer and a Blackhawk
pilot assigned to the 82ND Combat Aviation Brigade currently deployed
to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
I would like to thank you so much for the amazing surprise that awaited
me as I came back from R&R. I had 20 care packages from the VFW Post
1463 and American Legion Post 56. Each one of those packages was filled
with wonderful items that make such a difference in our day to day lives
Even though I grew up in France, I consider myself an “adopted
son” of Lititz, PA. ………..
I spent my whole R&R enjoying the many stores, restaurants, and community
facilities of Lititz. My family had a wonderful year and we are sad that
she is going to have to live Lititz for our next assignment. Our combat
tour is coming to an end and we should all be home to our families by
the end of September.
I look forward finishing my active duty commitment and settling down
in Lititz, hopefully within the next couple years, and becoming an active
member of your brotherhood of Veterans.
Thank you again for your kindness,
All The Way,
July 27, 2012 7:41 AM
Subject: Greetings and thanks from USS Vicksburg!
I wanted to personally write back and say thanks to you and all of the
members of the Lititz Springs Post 1463 VFW. It says a lot about a unit
that will take time out of its schedule to gather, and mail the various
articles you all did.
I know we are all individuals tied together with the common bond of Foreign
War. Thank you and all your members for whatever roll they played during
their time in the services and their family members who maintained the
home front. Most of the time no one was asked. They showed up and answered
the call to service. I thank all of you for that. God bless all of you.
EMC(SW) Timothy J. Knapp