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    I received this from a friend and felt it was necessary for everyone to read. And hopefully more will want to help. I plan on putting a care package together this weekend. I would love to know if anyone else does this and their experience.

    ATTN: Pagan Soldiers Need Your Assistance!

    On March 20th, 2007, SGT Keith Roberts, cofounder of Pagans United,
    was deployed as part of the troop surge to Baghdad, Iraq. We've
    recently received word from Keith and he has asked that the Pagan
    community consider sending care packages, letters and cards to bolster
    the spirits of the troops currently stationed in Iraq.

    Here is what he had to say about a group of Pagans where he is stationed:

    "...just on my base that I saw at a pagan Circle here were 20 of our
    bravest
    attending. Interesting watching 20 pagans together for a Circle ...
    all with guns and ammo heh heh heh. But they are in need friends.
    Alot of them dont have access to basic ritual tools or items so any
    donations would be of help. That probably can be coordinated through
    Laura as she knows the group I belong too. Basic things like
    candles, incense, herbs (big one) easy to come by stones, any base
    line practicioner books ... you get the idea. Its a small price to
    pay to keep our pagan soldiers in a spiritual comfort zone to make
    there daily grind a little easier. Further more, these military
    pagans are quite earnest in seeking knowledge and attunement. The
    group holds weekly classes on a wide variety of subject matter in
    the pagan world. They work and walk thier paths one step at a time.
    Its with great pride that I can say Ive seen a real high energy
    group. BUT, supplies are always in need, especially for those
    solitaires out there on the outlying bases who dont have the same
    access to group and fellowship. They need your help. So when
    possible please if you can, send a little support to these fine
    young pagans, they fight for us every day and get little recognition
    especially as pagans." Received from Keith Roberts on Fri Apr 13, 2007
    by Pagans United yahoogroup

    Pagans United, under the tutelage of Keith's wife and Pagans United
    cofounder, Laura, as well as other Pagan groups across the nation,
    would like to encourage the Pagan community to join us in a massive
    care package campaign to show our support for our troops.

    Keith has requested that items such as basic Pagan books, herbs,
    incense, candles, and stones be sent to the Pagan soldiers. In
    addition, we would like to send basic every day items that all
    soldiers can use; deodorant, sunglasses, toothpaste, magazines,
    newspapers, blank greeting cards they can send home, prepaid phone
    cards, lip balm, toilet paper, razors, instant coffee, chips, snack
    cakes, gum, candy, breakfast bars, instant soup mixes, etc.

    Care packages can be sent directly to Keith at:

    SGT Keith Roberts
    HHOC STB 3ID
    Unit 42-167
    Camp Victory Iraq
    APO AE 09342

    They will then be distributed to soldiers at his base and in outlying
    posts. If you would like to send letters and cards, Keith has promised
    to ensure they make it to soldiers who get no mail from home.

    Laura has informed us that the most economical way of sending packages
    is to opt for flat rate packaging and shipping; this method of
    shipping costs the same, $8.10, no matter where you ship or how much
    the package weighs and the post office has informed us that shipping
    does include APO/AE addresses. Flat rate boxes are available at any
    Post Office and packages are usually received in Iraq in 10 days.

    The post office is no longer accepting packages addressed to "Any
    Soldier" so it is vital that any packages shipped be addressed to SGT
    Keith Roberts to ensure delivery and distribution.

    We will send out a wish list of specific requests as soon as one can
    be collected! In the meantime, we encourage you to send the basics!

    If you need any further information, please contact Laura Roberts at
    [email protected] or 912-545-2319

    Blessings,
    Fallon Glenn
    [email protected]
    Pagans United Vice President
    http://pagansunited.com


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    I've heard of this. Have they done something similar to this before?
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    • #3
      I have no idea. This is the first I have ever heard of it. I did send Laura Roberts an email asking her if she knew how to help the troops from the UK as well. So if I hear back from her I will post that information as well.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Visha'sMommy View Post
        I have no idea. This is the first I have ever heard of it. I did send Laura Roberts an email asking her if she knew how to help the troops from the UK as well. So if I hear back from her I will post that information as well.
        Thanks! I would love to read more about this.
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        • #5
          Philosophia I saw a link for Austrlian troops. I dont think it was a Pagan care package but if you want it Ill go back and find it for you.
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          • #6
            Here is what I have for the UK: It isnt Pagan oriented but it is something.

            Soap (Dove, Irish Spring, Liquid bpdy soap)
            Shampoo
            Tooth Paste/Tooth Brushes
            Wipes (Body & Hand)
            Toilet Paper
            Hand Lotion
            Sun Block (mad dogs & Englishmen)
            Sealed Snacks (Power Bars, Granola Bars, Cookies)
            Note pods
            Paperback books

            DVDs and lots of snacks. 5% - 10% female care packages is probably good, although I'm not that sure about percentages in UK forces. Add moisturizing hair and skin products for them.


            If you want to send something, write to 'British Soldier, c/o G1 Branch'. In Iraq, the address is HQ MultiNational Div (SE), Basra, BFPO 641. In Afghanistan, it is HQ Helmand Province Task Force, Camp Bastion, BFPO 792.t


            British Soldier
            c/o G1 Branch
            HQ Helmand Province Task Force
            Camp Bastion, BFPO 792.t


            The first one is for soldiers in Iraq and the second is soldiers in Afghanistan
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            • #7
              I dont know how recent this information is but it is what I have so far.


              If you would like to send a postcard or letter of support to Canadian Troops in Afghanistan, please use this address:

              Any Canadian Soldier
              OP ARCHER
              PO Box 5058 Stn Forces
              Belleville ON K8N 5W6


              Australians

              From the Australian Dept. of Defense site:

              Australians are encouraged to send goodwill messages of a general nature to Australian Defence Force soldiers, sailors, airmen and women who are on operation around the world.

              Messages can be sent via e-mail to: [email protected]



              Additionally, if you would like to send cards of encouragement and support to wounded coalition troops at Landstuhl Hospital in Germany http://soldiersangelsgermany.blogspo...n-germany.html
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              • #8
                Thanks for the info! I live in a military town and have been involved in some care package drives for the soldiers, but I never thought about them needing ritual items. I'm sure people probably send Christian related items all the time. But whose looking out for our fellow Pagans? I will definitely look into this. Maybe I can get my kids involved in making some packages. Thanks again Visha'sMommy!
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                • #9
                  Id be interested how you get your kids to help. Id like to get my 4 year old involved but havent come up with a way yet.
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                  • #10
                    just to add, the guys will appreciate moisturizing skin items as well. it gets painfully dry over there, and they can be spared the embarassment of having to ask female troops for skin cream. i actually had that happen a couple of times when i was over there. i'm pretty sure the guys in question were not just trying to flirt with us.

                    also visine is a good thing to send, if it is allowed, though i don't know why it wouldn't be. plus you can never have too much foot powder & deodorant.
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                    • #11
                      banondraig thank you for the additional ideas. Ive add them to my list. Is it possible to just put everything in a box and let them hand them out as needed? Like put some femenine stuff in there knowing that it is going to a guy? It does say he will dispurse so Im kinda thinking I can send those to?
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                      • #12
                        Hi VM,

                        Thanks for all the info...I'm also forwarding it on to my Pagan friends. I'm going to start putting some stuff together now.

                        You wondered what a child could do. What about having them make something for them...such as a necklace or a charm? Like maybe a clay type necklace (I'm clueless when it comes to crafts...but I can see it in my head)...the can put Pagan symbols....happy faces. If they're really young just pain something. They can either wear the necklace, carry it or hang it in their tent. Anyhow ... that's my 2 cents. Thanks for all the great info!

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                        • #13
                          As far as kids helping - just having them help you put the stuff in the box and tape it up - anything! Kids love to feel useful! And its teaching them good values.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Visha'sMommy View Post
                            banondraig thank you for the additional ideas. Ive add them to my list. Is it possible to just put everything in a box and let them hand them out as needed? Like put some femenine stuff in there knowing that it is going to a guy? It does say he will dispurse so Im kinda thinking I can send those to?
                            if you're sending them to the organizer guy, yeah. otherwise don't as you will be setting up the poor slob who gets them for unending rounds of teasing by his buddies.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Briana View Post
                              Hi VM,

                              Thanks for all the info...I'm also forwarding it on to my Pagan friends. I'm going to start putting some stuff together now.

                              You wondered what a child could do. What about having them make something for them...such as a necklace or a charm? Like maybe a clay type necklace (I'm clueless when it comes to crafts...but I can see it in my head)...the can put Pagan symbols....happy faces. If they're really young just pain something. They can either wear the necklace, carry it or hang it in their tent. Anyhow ... that's my 2 cents. Thanks for all the great info!

                              Blessings,
                              Briana
                              that's a good idea! just make sure the string/chain part of the necklace is long enough so that the charm can be slipped entirely under a t-shirt, to wear them otherwise is out of regulations.
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                              -Franz Kafka

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                              “For a wise, a knowing and a learned people are the least likely of any in the world to be enslaved.”
                              —Samuel Webster, 1777

                              To change one's life:
                              Start immediately.
                              Do it flamboyantly.
                              No exceptions.
                              - William James

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