Archive for December 1st, 2008

Christmas Cards for the Troops
Its time again to get some Christmas Cards written to thank our troops for their service and sacrifice overseas.
The Soldiers and Sailors Club has offered to include our cards in the care packages they ship in the second week of December.
Grab a box of cards somewhere and write your heartfelt Thank You’s and wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy Safe and Victorious New Year!
Address them to “Dear Soldier” and DO NOT SEAL the envelopes.
If you will be attending either of the Christmas Parties being held at the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guard and Airmens Club in Manhattan you can bring them to the party and leave them at the front desk in an envelope or box addressed to Connnie Morinello, Troop Outreach Coordinator.

If you want to mail them to the club, place them in an envelope or box addressed to:

Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guard and Airmens Club
Att:  Connie Morinello
283 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016

If you’d like to send more than just cards, money is always a good alternative, take a look at this page of suggested items for care packages for the troops:
http://ssmaclub.org/index.php/Suggested-Items.html

Christmas Parties in Manhattan
Several Great Groups will be holding Christmas Parties over the next few weeks.
The soonest in order are:

Friday, December 5 (many eagles will be attending this party)
Who: Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 126
Where: Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club, 283 Lexington Avenue at E. 36th Street
When: Friday, December 5, 7:00 pm
Admission: $15 Donation at door
RSVP: Joe Graham 212-925-9630  or  WATERPROOFER1124@aol.com
Karaoke, Music, Great Food, Dancing, Raffles.

Thursday, December 11
Who: Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club, Junior Committee
Where: Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club, 283 Lexington Avenue at E. 36th Street
When: Thursday, December 11, 6:00-10:00 pm
Admission: $75 Full Ticket, $35 Junior Ticket
RSVP: Connie Morinello at cmorinello@ssmaclub.org
Open Bar and Hors d’oeuvres.

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The Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guard and Airmens Club has joined forces with NewYork.Com to put together two outstanding events on Sunday, December 14th, to pay tribute to our troops.  Both will take place at or near the military island at Times Square.  The outdoor event is free and open to the public.

For full information visit the Torch of Freedom web pages here.

We have reported on the Gregory J. Harris Military Courtesy Room at Syracuse Airport before.  Today we have a report from Thanksgiving when they were swamped with military travelers:

Also, the Military Courtesy room at Syracuse Airport was overwhelmed on Thanksgiving with many stranded military personnel – including a Marine Full-colonel who I understand was very impressed with what the Emerald City Detachment has done with only a few members.  They served a full home-cooked turkey dinner  to vets stranded at the airport.  They did it at the last minute, but yet everyone got a home cooked Thanksgiving dinner.  Those guys are good!  My hat goes off to Loren Davies Commandant of Emerald City and his devoted members who staff that room 24 x 7 !!!  You can probably guess where I am going with this . . . Christmas is not far off and once again military folks will be on the move for the holidays.  Depending on the weather, they could be faced with a similar situation.  So if you know anyone who wants to donate , cookies, pies, baked goods or any food to the courtesy room, I can assure you it will not go to waste.  Let me know and we can meet up and load a vehicle with food and bring it to the airport.  They are expecting to be overwhelmed with traveling military folks during the Christmas season.

Those folks up there are doing a hell of a job!

If you are looking for a worthy cause to donate a few dollars to this year here is their link.