Here's the email Chad sent. I wasn't on the computer when he sent this about 45 minutes ago, grrrr lets say I'm VERY disapointed that I missed him actually ONLINE, but we'll get to chat soon I'm sure.
Here's Chad's update in HIS words:
Hey, Just wanted to let you all know how its going here. Well there is alot of training going on before you go north. Some of it feels teadious, but it is necessary. Well its real difficult to say how this deployment feels right now but I can say onething its very crowed here. They are closing one base and moving them to a single base here. It is extremelydifficult to get on the phones and the internet. Well I want to thank all the people that are praying for me and that are giving their support it is greatly appreciated. As I continue to update you maybe you might be able to make a difference here. People can send their support and thoughts by sending care packages of varieties of little things to the soldiers here. I'm not telling you to do that but if you want all the support is appreciated. Back to the views here. this place has had some changes to it for the good and some not so good. I haven't went north yet but when I get there I will update this so you willget to know what the surroundings will be like. I hope you will continue to pray for the deployed soldiers as well as for the families left behind too.. Thank you all.
I wanted to extend on this entry since I've recieved 2 comments already on some care pagage idea's. Please keep in mind that this is from my own personal list and we'd NEVER expect all of these items to be sent by people who don't KNOW Chad, I'm just going to C&P the list (it's me being very lazy! LOL) For those who are intimate friends and/or family these could be some idea's for you as well!
Easy Mac, Canned chips (pringles, etc), Canned salsa with the pop top lids, cups of soup, soup in a can, packets of condiments (from Burger King), Sardines (for other soldiers who might like these), tea bags, tea in the jar, powdered gatorade, pitcher (for gatorade and tea),hard candy, jerky, tuna fish (and/or the kits), Cheese Cracker's, Pretzels and Cheese packages, Cracker's (ritz, etc), easy cheese, raisins,suckers, gum, prepackaged cookies, speghettio's, fruit cups, salt water taffy, jelly beans, vienna sausages,
hand held games, deflated volley balls, air pump, decks of cards, poker chips, water guns, water balloons, dvd's, cd's, computer games, magazine's *** Side note here, if you would send magazines make sure that the content is appropriate that men and WOMEN are covered Iraq is a Muslim country*** ,writing paper, envelopes, pens, pencils, small note pad, photo album for 5x7 or smaller, emry boards, razors, shaving cream, batteries, cheap watches, sunglasses, bug spray, sunscreen, disposable camera, books,
Christmas items: small Christmas Tree, small ornaments/decorations, etc., stocking,
That's all I have on my list, and wish I could find my list from last yr when he was deployed! If anyone has idea's (Kelly you helped me last yr! LOL) place them in the comments and periodically if you guys would like I'll update it! I will not be posting Chad's address, but for some I will email it to you personally. Thank you to those who have already asked for idea's! If you'd like to send for many of them, one thing about my husband is he is VERY good about handing things out and giving to many. I'm sure that as time goes by there will be certain soldiers who hardly ever, or never get mail and he normally sends me the names and I try to send a card to them and a little small care package for them periodically!