Critical Minds, Compassionate Hearts

Thanks Return from Overseas Soldiers

It seems that the care packages that Rashi middle schoolers sent for Chanukah have been finding their way into the hands of U.S. soldiers around the globe.
It seems that the care packages that Rashi middle schoolers sent for Chanukah have been finding their way into the hands of U.S. soldiers around the globe. Here are a few letters of thanks that have made their way back.

Dear Blaine,

Hi there, my name is Josephine and I want to thank you for your service, so thank you. So Blaine, can I call you Blaine? I’m just going to call you Blaine. First, I hope you like chocolate because there’s a lot in the bag. Second, I’m not good at letters so I’m going to list all the things that rhyme with ball (there’s a star at the end of all the rhyming, so if you want you can skip over). Tall, call, fall, gall, wall, small, mall, lall, twall, *. That’s all I can think of. Also, here’s a joke. What happens to a frog’s car when it breaks down? It gets “toad” away. LMAO. Thank you for listening to my ridiculous ranting.

Love your new friend,
Josephine

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Josephine,

I really enjoyed reading your letter. My team and I thought it was hilarious. And yes, you may absolutely call me Blaine, although my Airmen call me Captain [redacted] (being that I’m a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, y’know). I enjoy what I do and the people I work with.

I’m 27 years old and from New Orleans, Louisiana. I am currently deployed to Qatar but will be heading back to the U.S. soon. We’re right next to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and a few hundred kilometers from Iran. So there is plenty of sand and coldest it gets here is like, 50 degrees Fahrenheit at night… in January. It also got really humid last summer. I think it was 119 with 70% humidity. But believe it or not, parts of the capital of Doha are beautiful and remind me of Tel Aviv (although I’d much rather be vacationing in Israel).

Anyway, this is the part in the letter where I tell you that school and studying is important (it really is). I hated all my math classes (that’s between you and me) and I never did very well in them, but I have found that doing well in school set me up for success throughout my time in college and as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

But what’s also important is that you surround yourself with good friends and stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. As you grow up, you’ll find out more about who you are, and possibly more important, who you are not. Regardless, always be kind and good to others.

Thank you for the letter and the chocolate,
Blaine

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Good afternoon Rashi School!

We have received your baseballs, granola bars, and hot chocolate here at the Ramstein USO. We just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your donation and taking the time to sign those baseballs! The service members are going to love them! We see service members and their families passing through every single day here. We will make sure that they get all of your goodies on their way to their deployments or on their way home.

Shannon [Redacted]
Center Operations Specialist

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Dear Rashi students,

Thank you so much for sending us such a wonderful care package with the goodies. I’m not sure how you got my information, but it was wonderful being in Afghanistan and receiving something from MA (I grew up in Hopkinton!).

We especially loved the baseballs. By coincidence, both I and the Army Captain who sits next to me played baseball collegiately, and we agree that baseball brings people together. Like Billy, we are passionate about baseball, so much so that we brought our gloves to Afghanistan so that we could play catch. We might even play catch with one of our new baseballs!

Thanks again for your kindness. Happy late Hanukkah and Happy New Year!

Adam [redacted], Capt, USAF
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