I think I may have gasped the other day when I walked into the storage/stock room that MaryAnn and her volunteers need to have FULL at Landstuhl in order to help the wounded transiting through Germany from combat theater on their way to the USA and saw this:
The shelves that NEED to be full of sweat pants and hoodies - BARE!
Not good folks. Not good. As MaryAnn and I began to refold and straighten the bins where the Wounded Warriors that have arrived via medevac from Afghanistan, Iraq, Horn of Africa, etc (often without anything more than what they were wearing) should be able to grab a t-shirt, sweat suit, etc. the stock was not just low but, in many cases, non-existent. Plenty of socks, shorts and toiletries right now but almost nada on the above mentioned.
Then this morning I stiood outside the ER door as the ambulances began arriving from Ramstein Airfield with the Wounded Warriors from the combat theaters. There's another whole story in that experience but for purposes of this post - many were "wearing" only medical equipment and a sheet. Granted, once they arrive at Landstuhl they are given a $250.00 shopping card but that's another story in itself. Many need clothes ASAP. Being able to wander into the basement of either of the Wounded Warrior barracks or to have a family member hop over there for them OR a nurse call MaryAnn and say, "if you have "so and so" would you please drop it by the ward is essential to those Wounded Warriors.
So................PLEASE go to this link and read the most needed items, sizes, etc. PLEASE note the following from the link:
MOST-NEEDED ITEMS FOR JULY 2011, listed in order of need
Thank you for your help with these items!
- Sweatpants and Zippered Hoodie Sweatjackets (M, L, XL - grey, black, dark blue) Sweat clothing, especially size XL, is urgently needed at this time.
- Undershirts and plain T-shirts (M, L, XL - crew neck, any color)
Especially needed at this time.
Now PLEASE go on line and place an order those items or any of the items on the list and get them shipped to:
APO AE 09180
- Please notify us when items are shipped
- Include a note with your name, Email address, and brief description of items sent in your packages. Without this information, we will be unable to confirm their receipt.
- Please allow 6 - 8 weeks for receipt confirmation.
- Priority shipping is not necessary. Consider using Parcel Post to save shipping expenses. Ask your Post Office for details.
Just by absolute fate, while I was at Landstuhl this time a friend of mine's husband and 2 of his battle buddies arrived here after being seriously wounded in Iraq. Three of their battle buddies died in that attack. (May God Rest Their Souls). I saw with my own eyes, once again, how much the work that MaryAnn and her volunteers here do MATTERS! They cannot continue to do this work without OUR support.
Link to order sweat pants - here or here (or vendor of your preference)
Link to order zippered hoodies (MUST be zipper as many cannot pull them over their heads for many reasons - here or here (or vendor of your choice)
Link to order crew neck tshirts - here (or vendor of your choice)