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Soldier support: Thank you to the community          Send a link to a friend

To the community:

On behalf of the Family Readiness Group and the soldiers and soldiers' families of the Army National Guard 106th Aviation Units, I would like to send out a giant and all-inclusive THANK YOU to the great individuals, organizations, businesses and fantastic communities of central Illinois for making the Jan. 4 send-off rally for our soldiers an absolutely wonderful heartwarming event!  

The units have arrived safely at Fort Knox, Ky., and as phone calls now filter in from the soldiers to their families, many soldiers mention the overwhelming encouragement and strength they received from the hundreds of caring people, businesses and organizations that rallied along miles of pavement as buses took them away from home and family and toward an 18-month deployment in Iraq.

To Operation Enduring Support and its dedicated members who arrived early and stayed late, served coffee and doughnuts, handed out flags and posters, gave hugs, and took pictures for families -- thank you from the bottom of our hearts. And many, many thanks to the Decatur Macon County Red Cross and their wonderful volunteers who warmed families with coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts and served as the public information booth for the rally. And FRG extends its deepest appreciation to the VFW Oren L. David Post 99 honor guard who braved the terrible weather to shuttle families to and from the Armory all morning long.


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Warm thanks to the 106th soldiers who set up tables and chairs and were so polite, kind and helpful even as they themselves were readying to leave!

To the hundreds of students from schools all over the area who made banners and posters --please know that your works set the enthusiastic and patriotic atmosphere for the rally. To area business and organizations who donated items for the rally -- you are much appreciated! And to the media who passed along word of the rally to the community -- WOW! What a great job! What a turnout we had, and all because of your dedication to central Illinois communities!

These central Illinois soldiers not only leave their families, they leave their jobs and they leave the volunteer ranks in churches, youth organizations, clubs, service groups, PTOs and nonprofit charity organizations. Soldiers, you will be genuinely missed in this community as you put your lives on hold to serve your country!!

Now we turn our full attention to supporting our American soldiers as they serve in the Iraqi theater. Moreover, we will start planning another community rally -- one for the safe return home of our soldiers when their mission in Iraq is completed!

Godspeed, 106th -- your communities wait for your return.

Respectfully yours,

Kelly Rund

106th Family Readiness Group

(posted Jan. 8, 2004)

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Lincoln talents feed the hungry          Send a link to a friend

On Dec. 31, 2003, the books were closed on the most successful Harvest of Talents for World Hunger in its history. The 20th annual Harvest of Talents proceeds, totaling $75,534.34, have been forwarded to International Disaster Emergency Service to fund several feeding programs in various parts of the world during the coming year.

In a year with a poor economic climate, there were many who said it could not be done. Through the grace of God and the contributions of many, from this and other communities, the Harvest was able to claim a victory on behalf of the world's hungry people.


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With deep humility and grateful hearts, we express our love and appreciation to each and every individual and/or business that contributed to the success of this ministry of hope.

Our 20th anniversary theme was "Building Bridges of Hope." We plan to continue building those bridges as plans are launched for the 21st annual Harvest of Talents for World Hunger to be held on October 23, 2004.


Pat Snyder, on behalf of the

Harvest of Talents for World Hunger

ministry team

(posted Jan. 7, 2004)

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