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Re: Alias check in
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Reply to: #812014 by Green Tortuga
Oct 23, 2013 8:09am
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Yeah, after being out in the woods all day. :-)
Re: Alias check in
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Reply to: #812000 by Sits N Knits
Oct 23, 2013 8:41am
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Back Ass Tee
Cat Asks Bee
Wanna do a little Act of Kindness for Christmas????
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Oct 24, 2013 7:13pm
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This is not an act of kindness because that is my flag that they wear on their sleeves.

I have adopted two American Soldiers serving overseas. I obtained contact information for them through Adoptaussoldier.org. It's free.

All they ask of you is a letter a week and an occasional care package.

So, every Saturday, I send a letter to both. Sometimes it's an actual letters, sometimes it pictures, its info on letterboxings, it about my events, its about my carves, it's those funny emails we all get that I printed out and made into funny books, it's cut out Sudoku puzzles. It's whatever I can put in an envelope.

Of the two, I have only heard from one. I will be honest, it's a little hard not hearing from the other one but this is not about me. It's about giving someone the opportunity of hearing their name being called at Mail Call.

I have been putting together care packages for both. I consider myself a practical person, and if I have it, especially enough of it, I can share. So here's what I got:

q tips, from my personal stash
tea, from my personal stash
sandwich bags, from my personal stash
magazines that I swiped from a senior center

I usually spend about 5-7 dollars a week on snacks and other needs. I usually split it between them. Dollar Store is wonderful.

If you don't want to commit to a letter a week, GREAT! Anysoldier.com will give you the address of any soldiers signed up with them, though you made have to donate a dollar. Anyways, you can send a care pack, and scratch off your GOOD CHRISTMAS DEED FOR A STRANGER, with it dubbed "From Santa" and it's win-win for both.

But what a wonderful family project. Everyone can contribute, pictures, drawings, colorings, food, cookies, candies. Anysoldier.com actually gives the soldier who is asking a place to put what they are requesting/needing/hoping for. You can even reach out to friends, families, fellow church members to help assemble a wonderful care package.

Heck, wanna get rid of the leftover Halloween candy, and your neighbors???? Here you go. Send it from "Headless, Sleepy Hollow, Maine, USA".

Do your research and go with whatever you feel is best. Adopt a us soldier assigns you the soldier. Any Soldier you decide which soldier you want to send a care package to.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

And if you do this, please, please, please let me know.

Thank you.

csk
Act of Kindness #16
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Oct 24, 2013 7:27pm
His name is Nathan*, and he is in the fourth grade. His parents are divorced. His dad just had a new baby with his step mom and his mom goes out a lot at night to the local bar. I can not fix this.

But I can use my skills as a event planner/writer and the tips I learned from my awesome co-conspirator to create a wonderful treasure hunt in the theme of Indiana Jones. And give him a wonderful treasure hunt, the HUNT For the Sultan's Sapphires, with his mom. And hopefully a wonderful memory for the both of them.

csk
Re: Wanna do a little Act of Kindness for Christmas????
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Reply to: #812251 by Captain Slick Kitty
Oct 25, 2013 7:40am
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Don't be afraid to carve them a stamp and send a 1 of 2 LTC. Most guys will really appreciate something hand made from the states. Just one idea from someone who knows a few guys over there.

"X"
Re: Wanna do a little Act of Kindness for Christmas????
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Reply to: #812251 by Captain Slick Kitty
Oct 25, 2013 9:21am
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That sounds like a great idea! My husband is a Vet of Operation Iraqi Freedom and he was over there for christmas. He said it was always the best getting care packages with random little things, he said its suprizing how many guys dont get them so they share. I think I will have to look into this!
Re: Wanna do a little Act of Kindness for Christmas????
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Reply to: #812251 by Captain Slick Kitty
Oct 25, 2013 9:40am
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For over 10 years My Kodiak Lions have been sending care packages to soldiers who had any connection to Kodiak. We've sent over 2000 packages of black socks, lip balm, candy, newspaper, smoked salmon etc. If anyone wants a list of what should go in a box i would be happy to post the list.

deniserows
the postage meter alot
Re: Wanna do a little Act of Kindness for Christmas????
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Reply to: #812311 by deniserows
Oct 25, 2013 9:44am
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Post the list, please.
Lock n locks new website
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Oct 25, 2013 10:05am
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Re: Lock n locks new website
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Reply to: #812313 by turkey feathers
Oct 25, 2013 10:17am
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Went, looked, was going to buy . . . $14 Shipping! Hell to the no.
Re: Lock n locks new website
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Reply to: #812315 by judithandsparky
Oct 25, 2013 10:40am
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It does say free shipping on orders over $100. Stock up and save. :-)
Re: Lock n locks new website
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Reply to: #812315 by judithandsparky
Oct 25, 2013 11:12am
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Went, looked, was going to buy . . . $14 Shipping!

I got this email from Lock & Lock today:

This coming Sunday October 27th, QVC will be hosting their "October Cookevent Day", featuring a Lock & Lock one hour show. We will be presenting 8 BRAND NEW ITEMS!

This will be a one hour show from 6:00am to 7:00am Eastern Time.
After the one hour airing, you can also keep purchasing these 8 brand new items from the QVC website. (www.QVC.com)
Please do not miss out on this ONE HOUR AIRING opportunity!

We also have our own website (www.locknlock-shop.com) where you can purchase various containers aside from a set. At our website, you can also enjoy buying not only Lock & Lock plastic food containers, but also Lock & Lock glass containers, ceramic containers, cookware, water bottle items and much more!

*Notification
Our website address (www.locknlock-shop.com) will be changed to (www.locknlock-usa.com) on October 26th, 2013.

I don't have any idea what the shipping is from QVC but you may pay less than $14 that way.
Re: Wanna do a little Act of Kindness for Christmas????
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Reply to: #812251 by Captain Slick Kitty
Oct 25, 2013 11:30am
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Great idea!
If you end up with a lot of stuff you can save a little on postage by asking for a military (APO) large flat rate box. You can stuff the heck out of it for $14.85 :)
Re: Lock n locks new website
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Reply to: #812313 by turkey feathers
Oct 25, 2013 12:11pm
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Good stuff, but the shipping fee is quite alot :/ not a bad deal though if you want to stack up.
Re: Lock n locks new website
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Reply to: #812326 by GreaseLightning
Oct 25, 2013 12:28pm
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I went through this website and saw only one container that might be used as a letterbox container. Did I miss something? I also thought the prices were quite expensive.
Crocodile Hunter
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Oct 25, 2013 12:56pm
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Couldn't find the TV board, but wanted to share--just read that Steve's now 9-yr-old son will have his own show now in Asia about science & nature. He looks just like his dad. Brought tears in my eyes remembering about Steve. My kids & I used to watch Crocodile Hunter all the time. What a wonderful family he helped raise.
Re: Crocodile Hunter
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Reply to: #812338 by Topcollector
Oct 25, 2013 1:16pm
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I hear his daughter is also doing quite well! Im glad to see they kept the animal love going after their father passed.
Re: Lock n locks new website
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Reply to: #812332 by BBStacker
Oct 25, 2013 4:34pm
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I went through this website and saw only one container that might be used as a letterbox container. Did I miss something? I also thought the prices were quite expensive.

I thought the 350ml (rect., 5.3x4x2) box at $2.38 was reasonable, and good for most of my needs. The others did seem pricy, and the shipping is a bit much.....

What I found more interesting, though, is that I just found L&L's at a Korean grocery store that were not on the website. 3x4 box for $1.89; a 5x5 for $2.39. Unfortunately, they did not have any of the 350 ml boxes, the one I want the most!
Re: Lock n locks new website
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Reply to: #812313 by turkey feathers
Oct 25, 2013 6:14pm
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So one of my engineers is moving to Korea, the only place you seem to be able to get the little ones......I've got him toying with the idea of being my "source" since he'll be able to ship to me via company dispatches........MWHAHHAHAHAH
List of items to send soldiers anytime.
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Oct 25, 2013 6:27pm
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FOOD, SNACKS AND DRINKS: (Please - no expired or canned food)
PROTEIN POWDER & PROTEIN BARS (Top request!)
K-CUPS for KEURIG MACHINES (coffee, tea, hot cocoa)
POWDER DRINK MIX (Gatorade, Kool-Aid, Crystal Light)
TUNA & CHICKEN SALAD (in foil pouches, or ready-to-eat kits (no cans)
BEEF JERKY / SLIM JIMS
SUNFLOWER SEEDS & PUMPKIN SEEDS
CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS - Accepted only OCT. through FEB
(it will melt in high temperatures!)
Hard Pretzels / Cheetos / Fritos / Chex Mix / Wheat Thins / Ritz Crackers
Granola Bars / Power Bars / Cereal Bars / Cliff Bars
Fig Newtons, Oreos, Cheese & Crackers - Small Packs
Tr
NUTS: Peanuts, Mixed Nuts (salted preferred)
MICROWAVE FOOD (Chef-Boy-R-Dee, stews, etc.)
COOKIES / Girl Scout Cookies (with chocolate: Oct. - Febrauary only!)
Rice Krispie Treats (Store-bought only)
Little Debbies & Hostess cake products
Cereal (Small, individual boxes)
Condiments, Spices; Sugar; Salad Dressing (no glass jars)
Caffeinated energy gum or candy (to stay alert)

TOILETRIES: NO HOTEL SAMPLES!
Chapstick, Tissues, and Shaving Cream in tubes.
Lip Balm / Chap Stick / Carmex / Blistex
Body Wash, Liquid Soap, Facial Cleanser
Hair Gel (for female troops to pull hair back)
Combs / Brushes / Bobby Pins (in original packaging, please)
Deodorant (travel size)
Shaving Cream in Tubes / Shaving Soap (No CANS of Shaving Cream!)
Hand & Body Lotion / Moisturizer (travel size)
Sunblock, SPF 45, Zinc, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera Gel
Bug Spray / DEET / Skin-So-Soft
Mouthwash (travel size)
Breath Mints / Breath Strips
Lozenges / Cough Drops
Loufa Sponges / Buff Puffs
Nail files / Emery Boards / Nail Clippers
Feminine Hygiene Products
Moleskin & Shoe Insole Cushions (gel kind is best)
Tylenol, Motrin, Advil or Aspirin Packets (Please check expiration dates)
Eye Drops (i.e. Visine)
Nasal Spray
Vitamins (These are always needed. Please check expiration dates)

ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS:
iTunes® Gift Cards (Top request!)
DVD Movies (new or used - recent releases only, please!)
Xbox Games, PSP, PS2 & PS3 Games (new or used)
Board Games (Top request!)
Computer Flash Drives & Camera Memory Cards
Portable CD players / head phones
Electronic handheld games
Small homemade gifts - reminders & comforts of "home"
Small photographs or posters of scenery for their tents & walls
Small crafts kits, scrap-booking items
Day planners / Small, Pocket Calendars sent in Dec. & Jan.
Game Books: (Crossword Puzzles / Word Search Books / Math Puzzle books / MAD LIBS / Logic Problems / Sudoku)
Yo-Yo's, Dominoes, Poker Chips & Mats, Dice
Board games (UNO, Othello, Checkers - travel size is great, too!)
Dart Boards (regular or magnetic - any size)
Nerf Footballs / Whiffle bats, balls & Mitts / Sports equipment
Frisbees / Hackey sacks

OTHER:
Gift Cards to send home to loved ones (for Restaurants, Supermarkets)
Keurig Coffee Makers & "K-Cups" (to be shared)
LINENS: Pillow cases, twin sheets, towels & washcloths (green & tan}
LAUNDRY DETERGENT/ FABRIC SOFTENER SHEETS: (Click HERE for types)
FLASHLIGHTS - SMALL (battery operated. Surefire Brand preferred)
AIR FRESHENERS (standalone-not plug-in. Car types are also good)
Holiday and Seasonal Decorations - see our PROGRAMS PAGE for details
Fleece Blankets (Yes, it gets very cold in the winter over there!!)
Disposable Hand warmers and Foot warmers (in the wintertime)
Winter Hats (Yes, it snows in the winter over there! Hand knitted hats in black, tan or green are always welcome!)
PHONE CARDS - Pre-Paid
Small toys (Beanie babies) & school supplies for foreign children
Patriotic knick-knacks, USA flags, flags from your state, bandanas, baseball hats, football jerseys, banners to tack on their walls or tents.

TOOLS (including staple guns), paint brushes, adhesive wall hooks, wall screws, small tool kits, rubber gloves, sponges, unused rags, etc
Dust masks, carpentry tools, Fly swatters, fly paper, mosquito netting, bug repellent in plastic pump bottles only - NO AEROSOL or PRESSURIZED CANS.
Gun cleaning supplies (lube) such as Militec-1 & CLP
Alarm Clocks (Small in size; wind-up or battery-operated)
Small, portable heaters & fans (110 voltage okay)
Water Bottles, Travel Mugs & Thermoses with Lids (for Coffee, Soup, etc)
Coffee Makers & Filters (110 voltage okay)
Coffee Bean Grinders - small (electric or battery-operated)
Microwave Ovens (55 pounds max; 110 voltage okay)
Hot Pots - Small
Elixir & Water Purification Tablets for Camelbaks
Combat Application Tourniquets (black only)
Religious booklets, small bibles, inspirational readings(recent, please)
Musical Instruments requested (please contact us before sending)
T-SHIRTS: Cotton green & tan under shirts - new (Sizes: M, L & XL)
[Note: The DOD banned "Under-Armor" shirts due to its material being potentially flammable & bad reactions to open wounds.]
SOCKS: Black, Olive Green & White (cotton or wool)

deniserows
and stuffs the Large PO box
Re: List of items to send soldiers anytime.
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Reply to: #812390 by deniserows
Oct 25, 2013 7:06pm
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Awesome list! Thank you so much for posting that.
Happy Halloween!
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Oct 26, 2013 11:42am
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Re: Lock n locks new website
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Reply to: #812319 by Nature Hikers
Oct 26, 2013 12:00pm
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Or stock up and sell to other letterboxers? Now there's an idea. It would be just 42 of the little ones to equal $100. Hmmm . . .
Re: Happy Halloween!
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Reply to: #812517 by WiseOldOwl
Oct 26, 2013 12:01pm
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On the Food Network, the new season of Halloween Wars is running.. Team compete with three members on the team... Cake artist, Candy craftsman and a pumpkin carver. A team is eliminated each episode. Back episodes from this season are On Demand.

Wendy
Re: Happy Halloween!
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Reply to: #812517 by WiseOldOwl
Oct 26, 2013 1:03pm
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I WANT ONE!!!
Re: Happy Halloween!
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Reply to: #812517 by WiseOldOwl
Oct 26, 2013 3:53pm
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Thats awesome!
Re: Crocodile Hunter
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Reply to: #812344 by GreaseLightning
Oct 27, 2013 8:32am
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Funny thing is, I only knew that he had a daughter. She has done quite a bit w/ kids shows and the likeness. I did not know he had a son until I saw a commercial for his son's show this past week!
Re: Crocodile Hunter
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Reply to: #812620 by MBPhenomenon
Oct 27, 2013 9:45am
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I remember when his son was a baby & there was a big hullabaloo because he had taken the baby with him into the enclosure when he was feeding one of the crocs.
Re: Crocodile Hunter
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Reply to: #812628 by WiseOldOwl
Oct 27, 2013 3:24pm
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Ohhmuhgoodness... my stomach knotted up when I watched this!!!
Wish granted
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Oct 29, 2013 9:04pm
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If you are a fan of Mike Rowe, formerly of Dirty Jobs, and have ever thought "I could listen to that man read the phone book!" because of his fantastic voice...here you go! :D

TG