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Troops voice appreciation for FAITH’s support

FAITH CARDS – Three soldiers pose in front of a wall decorated with Christmas cards sent to troops in Afghanistan from Polk County residents. The cards were included in a box sent to Operating Base Fentry in Jalalabad by the FAITH Military Support Group of Livingston. (CONTRIBUTED photo)FAITH CARDS – Three soldiers pose in front of a wall decorated with Christmas cards sent to troops in Afghanistan from Polk County residents. The cards were included in a box sent to Operating Base Fentry in Jalalabad by the FAITH Military Support Group of Livingston. (CONTRIBUTED photo)

LIVINGSTON – Expression of love and support at Christmas time can be particularly appreciated, especially by those who are far away from their families.

And the FAITH Military Support Group of Livingston received that message directly from some of the men serving their nation in far off Afghanistan in the form of an email of thanks along with photos from troops preparing to celebrate Christmas.

"To: FAITH Military Support Group

"My name is David Hill and I am the Food Service Area Manager for Operating Base Fenty located in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. I, along with a team of great people, am honored and privileged to be serving America's men and woman in uniform on a daily bases.

"With Christmas Day approaching fast, we are in the process of decorating the dining facility with Christmas decor, as well as starting the food preparation to give our warriors a taste of home. A few days ago the Military Post Office gave us a box sent from America with the label reading FAITH Military Support Group from Livingston, Texas.

"After opening the box and seeing the contents (wonderful Christmas cards with heart felt messages) we decided to place them on our DFAC dining room walls for all our warriors to read. I know these boxes are sent with a lot of love and care from home, and we felt the need to send an email as well as a few pictures of a few of our warriors to let you know that they are well received and read by many men and woman in uniform

"Again , thank you so much for the wonderful Christmas cards and bringing a smile to so many.

"Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!"

Founded in 2006, FAITH – or Families and Individuals Thanking Heroes – prepares and mails boxes of food and supplies each month to the men and women serving the nation in distant lands.

At Christmas time, the items include cards from local people wishing the service personnel a joyous holiday, but throughout the year the group sends letters, puzzle books, toiletry items, socks, hand warmers, T-shirts, razors, drink mixes, boxed and can dinners, canned fruit, soups, beef jerky, peanut butter, crackers and all kinds of snacks designed to boost energy and spirits.

Anyone interested in helping the groups with donations or by volunteering to help with the boxes can go to their website at faithmilitary.org or contact them by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 936-327-4084. Contributions may be sent to FAITH Military Support Group, 305 W. Mill Street, Livingston, Texas 77351.

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