Friday, February 24, 2006

WONDERING IF THERE'S A WAY TO ACTUALLY HELP THE TROOPS?

listener writes:

Soldiers in Iraq must be having a very scary week, with the situation there deteriorating so rapidly. And the medical units must be running on exhaustion.

I am thinking these days of my friends' son Aaron who left for Iraq in November when his firstborn daughter was only two weeks old. He's younger than our youngest, so about age 21. I've been wishing we knew how he is, and wondering how to ease the strain on our friends here in Vermont.

Well, I just got word through my sister Patti, who is now an Air Force Captain, that there are some specific items that a medical unit serving injured soldiers could use. It might take a little of the strain out of this time to do something which is kind and useful, at least to add a little balance to the Universe.

If you would like to send something, here are the particulars, which come from Capt. Maureen A. McCann, Life Skills Nurse. Typical of a nurse, Maureen says, "Many of you are asking what you can send, do we need anything? Well, we don't, but our patients do."

She elaborates, saying: Many can't continue to wear the uniforms they come in with and do not have anything else. Here is a list of what we can use (many of you are connecting with your church or job, but even one set is great!).

  • Large size:
    • Sweat pants

    • long sleeve T-shirts

    • T-shirts

    • gym shorts (blue, black, gray only; they need to be conservative due to the area we are in)

    • mens underpants

    • small pillows (great for stuffing under or around the patient's injuries/casts to make them more comfortable for their long flight while they are on a litter.)

    (We get tons of socks and toiletries.)


THANKS SO MUCH!

Mailing address for packages:
Capt Maureen McCann
332 AEW/CASF
APO AE 09315-9997

15 comments:

listener said...

Wow, you made it pretty, Cat!

Well done! ♥

Catreona said...

We aim to please. *grin*

Jessica said...

Hand-made pillows ok?

Catreona said...

Oh, Jessica, I'm sure they'd really appreciate hand made pillows. Such things are so much more homy and comforting than store bought. Bless you!

I don't even know where to buy the stuff. If anybody has idears on that, please share them.

Catreona said...

I wonder if sweatshirts and cardigans would also be accepted? Just a thought. And, what about socks? Everybody always needs socks.

I donno. Carry on, Artsy Fartsy Ones. I've been sort of out of it for a few days, and still don't feel one hundred per cent. If anyone would like to do In Memoriams for the entertainment figures we've lost over the weekend, and any otehr entertainment/arts figures I haven't heard about, please feel free. Also, any other Arts and/or Dean related news... Sorry to poop out on everyone, but I really can't cope just now. I can't imagine how people with actual, busy lives, like Jessica, manage! Hats off to you!!! Right now, I'm tired and depressed, and just want to find a nice cave to crawl into. See you guys when I emerge.

Catreona said...

from this week's E-Link newsletter:

Fantasy Camps>Performance arts:
* Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp
http://www.rockandrollfantasycamp.com
* Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camp
http://www.tritonejazz.com
* Broadway Musical Fantasy Camp
http://www.bwaymusicalcamp.com
* Peggy Markel's Culinary Adventures
http://www.peggymarkel.com

Catreona said...

SF author and Nebula and Hugo award winner Octavia Butler has died. I hope everyone can access this link to a message from Ed on Blind SF, as it provides excellent obits.

Catreona said...

DUH, actually including the URL might be helpful! I warned you guys I'm not all here.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Blind-SF/message/1588

listener said...

Jessica! SURE!!! Hand made pillows would be loverly!

BTW, my sister tells me they are also in need of men's sweatshirts, size XL and XXL. (But, hey, why not throw in one for a woman while we're at it?) Remember that these all have to be in navy, gray or black, to keep them out of trouble with the locals.

listener said...

Just testing!

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