Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Special Request for a Special Unit: Mail!

Cardmakers....we have some sad news for you, and yet an opportunity that we can't pass up!

Captain Dale Goetz, Chaplain, was killed in action just weeks ago, August 30, 2010, in Afghanistan. He is the first Chaplain to die in combat since the Vietnam War - almost exactly 40 years ago. Chaplain Goetz leaves behind a wife and three boys, ages 10, 8, and 13 months.

The Chaplain and his unit had not even been in-country for a month when he and four other Soldiers were lost when their Humvee was hit by an IED. In all, this unit lost 10 Soldiers in their first month - and are dealing with deployment without the one whose job it is to keep up morale: their Chaplain.

OWH is taking on Chaplain Goetz's unit to receive cards, and a box is going out to his Chaplain's Assistant immediately - packed with the best of the best for them!

Ways YOU can help:

  1. AnyHero mail. We'd love to shower them with mail from home after all they've been through in such a short time. If you'd like to send a note of encouragement, please send it to our Federal Way location - please do not mention the tragic loss, they need uplifting messages and not reminders of their unit's angst. Mark your letters "GOETZ" on the outside envelope or with a stickynote and we'll make sure that card or letter makes it into one of the boxes upcoming for that unit.
    Operation Write Home
    35205 13th Pl SW
    Federal Way WA 98023
    Cards will be sent in each of their boxes for months to come, so please continue sending mail. All our shippers need more letters, but the Washington address will be the one taking on Goetz's unit.
  2. Make a donation. The Goetz family has set up a memorial fund. Dale often purchased materials with his own money in order to have up-to-date, relevant information for his soldiers.  This fund will allow chaplains to access money without having to dig into their own wallets.
    Checks should be made out to the "Dale A. Goetz Memorial Fund" and sent to:
    The Bank at Broadmoor
    155 Lake Ave.
    Colorado Springs, CO  80906

  3. Make more cards! OWH is able to support units like this because of wonderful, generous crafters like you. Your donations of cards and finances help us continue supporting those standing in harm's way - and encouraging those going through severe trials as this unit is suffering. Thank you for your continuing support!
Many thanks to Becca, a cardmaker and a member of a Chaplain's Spouses group, who made us aware of this special need and is connecting us with the unit on the ground.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is so heartbreaking. I wrote two any hero cards last Tuesday night.They are my first ones so I don't know if they are what you need, but I will send them out tomorrow and will try to write another. It was much harder than I thought. I just didn't know what to say.
Jeanne Edwards