Frank DiCola

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200 Care Packages have been shipped to the Troops!  Thanks to everyone who made this project possible!

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I am Frank D. and I am a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 11 in my home town of New Rochelle, New York.  Life is the rank before Eagle in Boy Scouting.  To earn the rank of Eagle an important requirement is to lead a community service project.  I am a Junior in Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle as well.
 
For my Eagle Scout Project I am organizing the sending of care packages to 60 American Soliders stationed together in Iraq. The source of this contact information was www.Mysoldier.com. I am also sending care packages to some individual soldiers whose names I have been given by the VFW in New Rochelle.
 
To show these individuals the respect, support and gratitude they deserve,  I could use your help.  My goal is to send them these packages by this Christmas, 2008.

I would like to ask for your assistance in giving these soldiers the thanks that they deserve and help me to complete my Eagle Project
 
Here are the ways you can help:
 
Donate any of the items listed below: Even if you can only afford to donate one item or a small amount of money, it will help.  Once I have enough items I will be organizing a team of volunteers to pack up the items and ship them to the appropriate military addresses.
 
Be a donation collector: Help solicit for these donations.  Offer to go pick them up from people to make it easier for them to donate.
 
Be a packing volunteer: Send me your contact information and I will let you know what days we will be packing, labeling and shipping these packages to our troops.
 
Be a shipping donor: While the U.S. Postal Service will donate the shipping boxes for free, each box will cost money to ship.  Any money you can donate will help pay to get these to our troops.
Shipping donors will be acknowledged for the number of boxes they pay to ship.  Each box costs $11 to ship:
Bronze Donor - One box
Silver Donor- 3 boxes
Gold Donor-5 boxes
Platinum Donor- 10 boxes
 

Be a letter writer: Each box shipped to a soldier will have a letter in it from someone from home, telling them thank you for the enormous personal sacrifice they are  making.  Contact me to volunteer as a letter writer and I will arrange to have your letter shipped to a soldier with a care package.

The names of all volunteers and donors will be posted on this website.

Contact me to let me know how you would like to help and I will give you further instructions.  You can reach me at yoshgunn@gmail.com

If you would like to help us with a monetary donation, please click the donations link below. Thank You

 

A Different Christmas Poem

 

The Embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,

I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.

My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,

My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,

Transforming the yard to a winter delight

 

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
 Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
 My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
  Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
 In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
 So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.


 The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
 But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
 Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
 sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
 My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
 And I crept to the door just to see who was near.


  Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
 A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
 A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
 Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
 Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
 Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.


 'What are you doing?' I asked without fear,
 'Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
 Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
 You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!'
 For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
 Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.


 To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
 Then he sighed and he said 'Its really all right,
 I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.'
 'It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
 That separates you from the darkest of times.


 No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
 I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
 My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,'
 Then he sighed, 'That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers.'
 My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
  And now it is my turn and so, here I am.


 I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
 But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
 Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
 The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
  I can live through the cold and the being alone,
 Away from my family, my house and my home.


 I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
 I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
 I can carry the weight of killing another,
 Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
 Who stand at the front against any and all,
 To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.'


 '  So go back inside,' he said, 'harbor no fright,
 Your family is waiting and I'll be all right.'
 'But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
 'Give you money,' I asked, 'or prepare you a feast?
 It seems all too little for all that you've done,
 For being away from your wife and your son.'


 Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
 'Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
 To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
 To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
 For when we come home, either standing or dead,
 To know you remember we fought and we bled.
 Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
 That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.'
******************


 PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many
 people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our
 U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
 festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
 stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.


  LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
 30th Naval Construction Regiment
 OIC, Logistics Cell One
 Al Taqqadum, Iraq

 

 

Donations

Donation Item

Amount Need

Amount Collected To Dated

Personal Hygiene Items

 

 

Toothbrushes

Completed!

151/70 Complete

Toothpaste

Completed!

91/70 Complete

Bar Soap

Completed!

78/70 Complete

Deodorant (Roll-on)

Completed!

71/70 Complete

Hair Combs

Completed!

70/70 Complete

Breath Mints

Completed!

73/70 Complete

Disposable Razors

Completed!

249/70 Complete

Shampoo

Completed!

72/70 Complete

Conditioner

Completed!

70/70 Complete

Sun Block

Completed!

70/70 Complete

Skin Cream/Moisturizer

Completed!

70/70 Complete

Emery Boards

Completed!

70/70 Complete

Snacks A to Z

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A- Apple Jacks

Completed!

70/70 Complete

B- Bazooka Bubble Gum

Completed!

275/70 Complete

C- Chips Ahoy Cookies

Completed!

84/70 Complete

D- Doritos

Completed!

93/70 Complete

E- Easy Macaroni & Cheese

Completed!

125/70 Complete

F- Frito Lays

Completed!

70/70 Complete

G- Goldfish Crackers

Completed!

70/70 Complete

H- Hershey Bars

Completed!

180/70 Complete

I- Instant Coffee

Completed!

70/70 Complete

J- Juicy Fruits

Completed!

96/70 Complete

K- Kool Aid

Completed!

70/70 Complete

L- Lemonade Mix

Completed!

70/70 Complete

M- M&M's

Completed!

70/70 Complete

N- Nabisco Graham Crackers

Completed!

70/70 Complete

O- Oreos

Completed!

70/70 Complete

P- Poptarts

Completed!

80/70 Complete

Q- Quick Chocolate Mix from Nestle

Completed!

85/70 Complete

R- Ritz Crackers

Completed!

133/70 Complete

S- Soup at Hand by Cambells

Completed!

70/70 Complete

T- Twizzlers

Completed!

75/70 Complete

U- Utz Pretzels

Completed!

70/70 Complete

V- V-8 Juice (canned)

Completed!

84/70 Complete

W- Wrigley's Double Mint Gum

Completed!

132/70 Complete

X- Chex Mix

Completed!

70/70 Complete

Y- York Peppermint Patty

Completed!

306/70 Complete

Z- Zesty Popcorn

Completed!

97/70 Complete

Also...
 
Movies: Any appropriate movies in a DVD format would be appreciated by our troops.
 
Books: Any appropriate paperback books would be welcome.
 
Games: Our soldiers requested any games you can donate, especially Playing Cards.

Troop 11 New Rochelle raised $803.12 at Stop N Shop on Saturday November 29th.  That you to everyone who contributed.
 
Troop 11 New Rochelle raised $791.63 at DiCicco's on Sunday December 7th.  Thank you to everyone who contributed.
 
 
Movies-
  53 DVDs
 
Books-
  132 Paperback books
 
Games-
  9 Assorted Game Items
  147 Decks of Cards
 
 
Shipping Donors
 
Platinum Donors-
  Greg Vajda
  Steiner Foods of New Rochelle
  John and Bonnie Gould
  Jack Meagher / Walter L Rothschild Co., Inc.
  Patsy's Italian Restaurant
  Patsy's Brand, Inc.
  Carol and Gary Friedman
  Anonymous Donor
  Tina and Joe Ciafone
  Chris and Don Bonarrigo
  The Galvin Family
  The Gilmartin Family
 
Gold Donors-
  George Calvi and Family
  Peter S.
  Dr. Edward D. McCabe
  Peter O.
  Daniel P.
  Mike and Antonia Jones
  The Dynan Family
 
Silver Donors-
  Joy Heins
  Georgia Cina
  Elizabeth Rauch
  Joan Moxam
  Louis and Joe Constantino
  The Massimo Family
  Steve Bear
  The Angelo Family
 
Bronze Donors-
  Nick W.
  Joey S.
 
Taste of Home A-Z Donor
 
-Kathy Vajda
-Nancy Nagl
-The Bonarrigo Kids
-Rita and Lou Ruggiero
-Carolyn and Tim Kelly
-Marie Kaye
-Anne Price
-Connie and Harry Bergen
-Bernadette and Mark Sarrazin
-The Scognamillo Family
-Anonymous Donors
-Chris Alba
-Anne-Marie Kaye
-Rose and Joe Scognamillo
-Tina and Joe Ciafone
-The Felicetti Family
-Steiner Foods of New Rochelle
-The Management and Patrons of Stop N' Shop on Palmer Avenue
-Grace Bonarrigo
-Maria and Frank Massimo
-The O'Donnell Family
-Josephine and Pete Bonelli
-Cecilia Beekman
-The Sayer Family
-John Polster and Family
-Louise Germano
-The Girl Scouts of New Rochelle
-The Faculty and Students of Iona Prep
-The Faculty and Students of New Canaan High School
-The Management and Patrons of DeCicco's in Pelham
-Amy Csenge
-Stu and Sue Teichman
-Johanna Bauer
-Adam Cherko

Thanks to everyone who is helping our Troops.  They appreciate your donations and thoughts, as do I for helping me with my Eagle Project.

                           Sincerest Thanks,

                                                       - Frank D. 

 
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