What our Troops and their Heroes at Home are saying...


 

From the Heroes at Home

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— Jonathan L.
My husband is currently deployed. Four days before he had to leave to go overseas we found out we were going to be having our first child together. When I opened up the package I started to cry. I received the 12 days of Christmas package and seeing a handwritten note from him just melted my heart. This holiday season has been a bit of a struggle for me. This is our first christmas away from each other and all of our family are about 16 hours away. The package I received has been such a blessing. This holiday season has been rough but receiving this has just reminded me that people out there care. My husband and I are so grateful for all that you do. I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I know a lot of time and effort went into the packages you sent out. Words cannot describe how i feel. You have made our christmas. Thank you again for all you guys do. Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year.
— Rebecca G.
I received my Full Circle Home Mother’s Day Gift Box last night and was very pleasantly surprised. I opened this sweet little box to find it filled with beautiful, thoughtful items and even my name was spelled correctly!! 
What completely undid me was the bracelet and story behind it. Yes, I started bawling. My husband thought I had lost my mind. Which isn’t hard these days! You see, I have been battling breast cancer for the past two years essentially by myself while working full time, finished my BA, and taking care of a special needs child at home. Then to top it all off, I took a rather difficult turn for the worse just three months before my son deployed in Feb. I tried to prepare him for the idea that I might not be here when he comes back but if that should occur it would only be my body that is gone. My overflowing pride in him, my unconditional love for him, my fighting Marine Corps spirit, and my strength of will, will always flow through his veins just as sure as my DNA does. My son is a second generation Tanker. My husband was a Marine Corps Tanker too. I am the wife, mother, granddaughter, daughter, niece, sister, sister-n-law, aunt, and nurse to MARINES. I have lived and breathed Marine Corps my whole life. I take every opportunity to support my son’s Tank unit currently deployed overseas with the 13th Marine Corps. Expeditionary Unit. I have set up wish lists to try to keep each of the 20 men in the unit supplied of everything they need. I am a VA nurse and I believe it is just as important to take care of our men and women while they are actively serving to protect our freedom as much as I do every day for those that have already served our country. It is the reason why I get up every morning. The reason why I continue to fight. I have a special needs son at home that needs me, a son overseas that needs the support, and I’m told nobody can make “Momma K.’s Cookies” like I can according to all the Tankers at 29 Palms so I have to keep breathing to keep them supplied too. Right? 
Thank you both for all you do. Thank you too to all of the volunteers that gave me tears of joy last night as I placed a beautiful little bracelet on my wrist and thought of my son half way around the world as a man, leading men, all grown up and wondered what he was doing at that exact moment and as I write this note to explain my story instead of tears of pain and despair. Keep the Joy Flowing. You all are amazing.
— Dayna
I received my Full Circle Home Mother’s Day Gift Box last night and was very pleasantly surprised. I opened this sweet little box to find it filled with beautiful, thoughtful items and even my name was spelled correctly!! 
What completely undid me was the bracelet and story behind it. Yes, I started bawling. My husband thought I had lost my mind. Which isn’t hard these days! You see, I have been battling breast cancer for the past two years essentially by myself while working full time, finished my BA, and taking care of a special needs child at home. Then to top it all off, I took a rather difficult turn for the worse just three months before my son deployed in Feb. I tried to prepare him for the idea that I might not be here when he comes back but if that should occur it would only be my body that is gone. My overflowing pride in him, my unconditional love for him, my fighting Marine Corps spirit, and my strength of will, will always flow through his veins just as sure as my DNA does. My son is a second generation Tanker. My husband was a Marine Corps Tanker too. I am the wife, mother, granddaughter, daughter, niece, sister, sister-n-law, aunt, and nurse to MARINES. I have lived and breathed Marine Corps my whole life. I take every opportunity to support my son’s Tank unit currently deployed overseas with the 13th Marine Corps. Expeditionary Unit. I have set up wish lists to try to keep each of the 20 men in the unit supplied of everything they need. I am a VA nurse and I believe it is just as important to take care of our men and women while they are actively serving to protect our freedom as much as I do every day for those that have already served our country. It is the reason why I get up every morning. The reason why I continue to fight. I have a special needs son at home that needs me, a son overseas that needs the support, and I’m told nobody can make “Momma K.’s Cookies” like I can according to all the Tankers at 29 Palms so I have to keep breathing to keep them supplied too. Right? 

Thank you both for all you do. Thank you too, to all of the volunteers that gave me tears of joy last night as I placed a beautiful little bracelet on my wrist and thought of my son half way around the world as a man, leading men, all grown up and wondered what he was doing at that exact moment and as I write this note to explain my story instead of tears of pain and despair. Keep the Joy Flowing. You all are amazing. 
— Dayna
All I can say is THANK YOU ALLLLLLLLL so very much!!!!! I was SURPRISED, GRATEFUL, & BLESSED by the selfless acts!!! I had been so down this week with the holidays approaching & on my doorstep yesterday was this box! Tears of JOY!!! I couldn’t have imagined such useful gifts & each gift having a hand tied bow with special notes! VERY TOUCHING what you are doing! Bless you all!
— D’ete S.
I came home today with a box from you. I was not expecting anything so I was somewhat confused, I thought maybe I got the neighbors mail. When I opened it up I started to cry (yup, that ugly sob cry). This is my our first Christmas married, after dating for 5 years, and he is currently in Korea. We have spent a lot of our ‘firsts’ after getting married apart. He isn’t a romantic person but he is very thoughtful. This holiday season has been especially hard on me, being away from family and my husband but your box brightened my day. It could not have come at a better time. God Bless you and your wonderful volunteers for all that you do for Our Troops and their Families. It is truly appreciated! 
With Love,

— Katie T.
Today i went to go check my mail and wasn’t expecting anything. I saw this package and was like, hmm don’t know what this is but i opened it and instantly tears of joy♡ thank you so much for putting this together for military spouses defiantly helps bring a smile to our faces when our soldiers are away.
— Kimberly A.
I received my box more than 5 years ago, and I still remember it fondly. It was nice to have a gift, just for me under the tree when my husband was deployed. Thank you ladies so very much.
— Crystal T.
I received my first box last year for Christmas. I loved it! It’s an amazing feeling knowing someone out there takes the time to make others feel special and remembered! Thank you.
— Cindi G.
Being away from my husband for the holidays was rough. This was the first Christmas he was unable to be with us. It was also the longest i have ever been away from my husband in the 10 years we have been together. When i got my box of gifts, I flat out cried. It meant so much. It was like having a gift to let me know I was thought of for 12 days. Thank you for all you do. Best Wishes.
— Grace
Christmas 2014 was the first Christmas since my son, Ryan, was a baby that we were not together. I suspected this would be hard for all of us. I had received lots of boxes this year and Full Circle Home was one of them. I did not think much about it until Ryan directed me to it during a Skype conversation of Christmas Eve. Upon opening the box and reading the first message I was moved to tears. I was so touched by the meaning and thoughtfulness behind each gift. But more importantly, I was touched that Ryan recognized the challenges of his calling for his Mom. His Dad and I are so proud of Ryan’s willingness to serve his country and the man he has become. However, we miss him SO MUCH! Being a recipient of this box helped me know that Ryan understands. What a beautiful mission you have undertaken. Thank you from one very proud mom with a small hole in her heart. You made my Christmas a little brighter.
I know it’s hard for those deployed to send gifts to their loved ones when they’re abroad. They don’t always have the means or the time. I was VERY pleasantly surprised that I got this; I hadn’t expected anything. It was very cute, and elegantly presented. I could tell a lot of time, effort, and planning went into making this possible. I, as well as my Marine, greatly appreciate what was done here. It’s a really awesome thing you have going on. Keep rockin’ it out!!! Warm wishes and Happy New Year!
Hello, I’m Sharlene S. and our son is on the Cutter Venturous out of St. Petersburg, Fl. My husband and I were the very happy recipients of our holiday parcel on behalf of Andrew. We are a brand new military family...as a brand new military family we were very sad to realize that his cutter would be at sea during Christmas making it the first time in our lives that he wouldn’t be home with us. Getting the parcel was amazing...when it first arrived my husband and I each thought the other person had ordered it since we didn’t recognize the return label...The part that made me cry was when the message was so personalized that I knew he had known it was coming to us. He signed it by the name that only we call him so we knew he had been personally involved in at least part of the preparations. Later we learned more from him how it all works and are fascinated to now receive your kind letter giving us even more background about your organization. What a wonderful idea and so kind for families that are just adjusting to a new way of life...our son thinks only he joined the Coast Guard, but in reality, our entire family did. Life is different and the experiences he has have become part of our lives too.
We loved opening each fit every day and the presentation of the gifts was beautifully done. Our box arrived in perfect condition and I think I liked the cozy socks the best. How silly, but when I wear them I think of my son. The Alex and Ani bracelet is very special and after writing to him to ask his opinion, we decided that his girlfriend should really have it so we sent it to her....in closing, we were thrilled to get the parcel, loved the idea of one gift per day, loved how it began with the personalized message with the pack of tissues (which I needed for certain) and are so grateful for your organization and the joy you are sharing with so many people.

From our Deployed Troops

Huge thanks for making this program a great source of hope and encouragement for us, which we are far away from home. I think the real heroes are not those who fight at the front line, but those who are at home they are the real heroes, the wives or husbands who make the role of mother and father at the same time, parents who can not sleep well because they are concerned if something happens to their child. There are no words in which I can give you my infinite thanks. God always guide you and care for good hearted people like for taking care of our families back home. Thank you.
I just want to thank you for your giving me and the other Marines on the MEU the opportunity to do something special for our loved ones back home. Today my second daughter was born and this is my sixth deployment so this opportunity means a lot to me and my Marines. Again I just wanted to thank you for all that you do for us.
Thank you for doing all of these for us. We appreciate everything you do. We might be away from our families this coming holiday seasons but you guys are always there, always ready to support our troops. You guys are helping us a lot, making our loved ones feel that although we are away from home, we can still celebrate. Everybody from motherland has all your support for us. Thank you so much and may you guys have a wonderful holiday! Please send my regards to everybody you work with. Thank you!!!
I would like you to know how much this means to me and my Soldiers. Out of the 20 Soldiers I have only 3 of them have deployed so being separated and in a war zone is a new thing to them and their families. While communication is outstanding, especially when compared to Iraq or early Afghanistan. The news tends to blow things out of proportion which causes a lot of distress for the families left behind. The contribution of your organization will make a difference for the lives of the Soldiers and an even greater impact on the families that are left behind.

Photos from families Full Circle Home has impacted