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Goal for 2014:
All that HOME can send.

Houston, Texas
Nov 24, 2014

63° F, Fair

Baghdad, Iraq
Nov 24, 2014

64° F, Mostly Cloudy

Kabul, Afghanistan
Nov 24, 2014

50° F, Mostly Cloudy

Dear Ms Knotts,

On behalf of the men and women of the 407 Expeditionary Communications Squadron at Ali Base in Iraq, I wanted to thank you for the kind and generous gifts you sent for the holiday season. We received a package that as best I can tell had items donated from all over. I apologize for not singling out anyone in particular who contributed to the package, my folks went through it pretty quick, especially the single folks that are not getting a lot of other packages. Let me say thanks again, so you know how much your gifts are very much appreciated. I obviously found your business card and decided to send an email and attach a photo for you to share with everyone involved.

A quick snapshot of us. We are a 65 person squadron tasked with providing all the communication needs to about 500 AF personnel here at Ali Base, Iraq. We just rotated in and are beginning a 6 month tour. The majority of personnel are from Tinker AFB in Oklahoma, but we do have a few from a mixture of other locations, as well, to include my duty station in Germany. Much to our excitement we received your gifts just a couple days before Christmas and they were gone before I knew it. The goodies and treats are appreciated, but even more than those, simply knowing that folks back home are thinking about us means more than you can imagine. Getting cards and letters from back home is a real morale booster, especially during the holiday season. For a lot of my folks, this is their first deployment, and first time away from family and loved ones during the holiday season. I've attached a photo of us gathering in our common area where I place the care packages for the folks to sort through.

I am the First Sergeant for this small group of folks and this is my second deployment. My job is simple.....people. I'm charged with ensuring that the health, morale and welfare of those under my supervision are taken care of. My job is pretty easy when we get packages like that from "home".

Once again thank you very much for the kindness shared.

Proud to Serve,

Kevin

///signed///
KEVIN D. ERNE, SMSgt, USAF
First Sgt, 407 ECS

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Feb 17,
Hi HOME,
Due to recent activity the roads were black (no travel) but today they made a postal run and I got all your boxes. Question, is there anything that will go bad? I did want to get some pictures for you but I am leaving for a conference in Qatar in the morning. I was going to wait and open them when I got back on the 28th.

Holy crap, another truck just came in with more! Okay, just opened the box with the knife sharpeners...told you we were fine! Nothing quite as creepy as a room full of people sharpening knives.

SETH HENDERSON, Capt, USAF

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Mission Statement

HOME - Help Our Military Endure was organized for charitable purposes to send care packages to United States servicemen and women serving in far off countries. This effort is solely supported by monetary and non-monetary donations collected from the general public throughout the year.


Latest News

Schedule of Events

The schedule for HOME is getting busy and volunteers are needed to help and highly encouraged. Here is the latest HOME schedule. Please contact any of our board members for information.

Doug Burton832-385-7748   Karen Barnes281-467-2677
Poonam Chhipwadia 832-274-7793   Rick DeWitt713-898-6990
Janet DeWitt832-317-5884   Ronnie Duhon281-614-9016
Trudy Duhon281-614-9015   Jonathan Hughes 281-229-3443
  • February 25, 2014
    Operation Shoebox Drive culminates at Clear Lake City Elementary School. HOME will assemble at the school office at 1315 and meet up with Mrs. Hines Student Council to receive the boxes.
  • April 12, 2014
    HOME presents Predator Chili at the JSC MOD Chili Cook-Off. Come out and support our military and vote for Predator Chili, grab some popcorn, and have a FUN time.
  • April 26, 2014
    HOME sponsors the 5th Annual HOME Golf Tournament at Country Place Golf Club, 3123 Flowers Field Lane, Pearland. Sign up start at 11:00; Shotgun start at 12:00; 4 person scramble; Entry Fee $100.00 per player.
  • May 25, 2014
    HOME supports Flags for Fallen Vets by helping to place a flag on each grave at the Houston National Cemetery located at 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive. If you plan to attend, you must register yourself and your family members at the following: www.flagsforfallenvets.com. Scroll down on the left banner to Houston Nat. Cemetery. Click on the Volunteering button on the left to register. The ceremony starts at 8am, so come early for parking. All are invited to participate. It is very, very moving.
  • June 21 & 22, 2014
    Boy Scout troop 1513 will head up a colection drive for our military at Kroger on El Dorado on June 21st & 22nd. Come out and support your troups by purchasing items and donating to troop 1513 which will help HOME box and ship it off to our military for Christmas in July.
  • July 12, 2014
    HOME Christmas in July packing party. We start at 12 noon at HOPE Church located at 770 Pineloch. (The corner of Highway 3 and Pineloch). Bring your donations with you to separate and box up.
  • November 1 & 2, 2014
    Come out to Ellington for an amazing air show and support our military with your donation to HOME. Come visit the HOME booth and purchase your HOME shirt. All proceeds go to the cost of shipping the care packages.
  • November 7-9, 2014
    Support our troops with HOME at Salute to Military Service 9am - 6pm. Discounts, displays, activities, and patriotism! Golden Knights Parachute Jump Team at 5:30pm. Fireworks at 7:00pm.
  • November 11, 2014
    Home will be at the University of Houston - Clear Lake on Veterans Day to support our Vets. Wonderful ceremonies will take place and you can meet many great veterans.
  • December 6, 2014
    HOME Christmas packing party. We start at 12 noon at HOPE Church located at 770 Pineloch. (The corner of Highway 3 and Pineloch.) Come ready to work and have fun. Bring your donations with you to separate and box up.
  • December 12, 2014
    Wreaths Across America. For more information go to www.waahouston.org.


Annual Christmas in July Packing Party - Saturday, July 12, 2014

How many ways can you say Americans are awesome? Let me count the ways. Right now it is 303 ways. 303 care packages were packed at the Christmas in July packing party on Saturday July 12th. The boxes are filled with generous donations from the public, friends, individual groups, Churches, Scouts, private companies, and local businesses. I could go on and on, but you know who you are. You know what you do for our men and women in uniform. I am humbled from the outpouring of support to our troops at each and every event HOME has.
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Boy Scout Troop 1513 Collection Drive - Saturday, June 21, 2014

Once again, our Boy Scouts from Troop 1513 came through with impressive numbers. On Saturday June 21, they raised $1,140 dollars in cash donations and filled 5-6 large plastic bins with donated items from their collection drive at Kroger's on El Dorado Blvd. The funds will help ship approximately 70 care packages to our men and women serving overseas, and the items will be packed up during the "Christmas in July" packing party coming up on Saturday July 12th.
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DHL and the Scouts Help Our Military Endure - Saturday, May 17, 2014

The HOME office sprang to life as DHL rolled up with two trucks. Boy Scout troop 1513 and Girl Scout troops 7660, 21261, 21282, and 19352 along with HOME, DHL, and other volunteers, helped load 12 pallets full of Girl Scout cookies onto the trucks. All told, over 1,000 cases, that's approximately 330,000 cookies, made their way to U.S. troops in Afghanistan courtesy of shipping services provided entirely free of charge by DHL. The generous lot of cookies were a gift from San Jacinto/Bay Area Girl Scouts council. A huge thanks goes out to all who made this happen.
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5th Annual HOME Golf Tournament - Saturday, April 26, 2014

The 5th Annual HOME Golf Tournament had perfect weather along with a perfect group of folks that came out to play and support our military.

It was great to see many 'ol friends that I worked with in the aerospace industry.

The 147th Reconnaissance Wing Team from Ellington was at the tournament in all their glory to defend their 1st place title for the third year in a row.

The jROTC from Pearland High School presented the colors in perfect unison followed by our pledge of allegiance.



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