Scrooge strikes a Soldier’s Angel

Hat/tip to Mamaw – who sent me this.   This just makes me so ANGRY! PZ readers – let’s get on this – we did a great job with PFC Levine – Soldier’s Angels is one of the best groups/supporters of the military that I know.   I’m a very proud Angel myself, as is Mamaw, Tech Mama, SemperFiWife, Some Soldier’s Mom and so many other friends. (click on the title of the post to open)

Blankets of Hope for the troops stolen: Please help!

By Michelle Malkin  •  December 5, 2008 09:08 AM
This story has me cursing in my coffee this morning: Linda Ferrara, a California mother of a soldier killed in Afghanistan with three other sons in the military, organizes charity blanket drives for the troops. She and other volunteers hand-sewed patriotic blankets and other items worth an estimated $8,000. Ferrara had stored them in her RV while preparing to send them off. Over the weekend, some asshole(s) (pardon my language) broke into the vehicle and stole all the goods.
The story is here at Soldier’s Angels and at the Daily Breeze.
After her son died fighting country, Linda Ferrara wanted to do something for soldiers like him who sacrifice their safety for others.
So in the year since Army Capt. Matthew Ferrara was killed in Afghanistan, his mother has dedicated hours collecting clothes and crafting handmade blankets for wounded soldiers overseas. The Torrance resident had planned to ship the goods Wednesday to an Army hospital in Germany. Instead, she’s despondent over the weekend theft of hundreds of socks, sweat shirts, pajama pants, boxers, blankets and other items. “I don’t want to let them down,” Ferrara said. “This wasn’t just stuff, this was going to wounded soldiers.”
…Soldiers’ Angels is an organization through which people can send care packages to soldiers overseas. In Germany, Phillips supports wounded and sick troops undergoing treatment at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
Many of them are transferred there directly from the front lines and have nothing more than the clothes on their backs, Ferrara said.
Already involved with the West Point Parents Club of Orange County, Ferrara recruited support from other parents and volunteers to collect items for the wounded soldiers.
Her RV was packed with boxes, and the Parents Club had printed thank-you letters to the “wounded warriors” to be distributed with the clothes.. On Sunday morning, Ferrara first realized something was amiss when she found empty boxes outside the RV and her inventory lists on the ground. Inside, she discovered almost all the collected items missing. Also, some of the letters were torn to shreds.
Compton sheriff’s deputies took a report and fingerprints, she said.
Her insurance company has told her not to expect help. Because she planned to give the items away, they technically didn’t belong to her and aren’t covered by her policy.
You can help:
Anyone who is interested in donating items for wounded soldiers can email Linda Ferrara at or visit the West Point Parent Club of Orange County web site.
Ferrara says the organization can accept cash donations or brand new items because the Military hospital does not allow used goods.

Comments

4 Responses to “Scrooge strikes a Soldier’s Angel”

  1. Shane on December 6th, 2008 6:44 am

    Man…that is really awful! I am going to post this on our website, just to make sure it gets all of the exposure it needs to hopefully catch the culprit.

  2. LAW on December 6th, 2008 12:51 pm

    catching the creep would be great – but replacing what was taken – even better.

    LAW

  3. Mamaw on December 6th, 2008 6:15 pm

    I received this email from someone on my list:
    “The solders these days have it lucky. What did the solders in WW1 and WW2 have? They can go without blankets.” My reply? “In response to your e-mail: One of the first places that the wounded soldiers are taken is to the base in Germany. We have better technology but being wounded now is like being wounded back then and this is what the article was about-items going to the hospital for our wounded.

    “In Germany, Phillips supports wounded and sick troops undergoing treatment at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
    Many of them are transferred there directly from the front lines and have nothing more than the clothes on their backs.”

    The items stolen by some low life in Compton was intended for those injured soldiers. WWI and WWII were fought in areas of the world that are different than Iraq and Afghanistan. And our soldiers out in the field are eatting MRE’s, suffering biting cold at night as well as extreme heat during the day, just like they did 50/more years ago. Today we are fighting, just like we did then, for someone who could not stand on their own against what amounts to a bully agressor. And granted, Claymore mines of yesteryear are very similiar to IED’s of today and weaponry has changed a little but families, friends, American Red Cross, USO were sending the same things we are sending now for those who are fighting, getting wounded and dying. They sent blankets, cigarettes, candy, cookies, cards, letters, small-fake xmas trees, coffee and more. Those of us with children, husbands, wives, etc., in the military know that much of what you see in the movies has “romanticized” what actually happens and if you don’t feel anything, well, you don’t have to send anything. Enjoy the freedom that past Americans and our founding fathers and their families fought for, and that our current, patriotic Americans are still fighting for in many, many ways.

    You don’t have to agree with the war, it’s not about politics, it’s about American men and women (and many from other countries as well) who have volunteered to do what they are doing what they feel is the right thing to do and sending a little something from home to let them know that they are being thought of.

    Thank you for your question and statement, it made me realize that many people are unaware of what actually happens to our wounded, maybe volunteering in the community with some of our wounded or at the USO to see lonely soldiers away from home would open the eyes of more people as to what is necessary and what is appreciated by those who have spent years away from home in our defense.

  4. LAW on December 6th, 2008 9:04 pm

    great answer! I’d have said something a lot less polite~…

    LAW

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