We have a sneaking suspicion that the only thing closer to a classic trucker's heart, aside from their family and their pickup of course, is the good ol' USA. We here at CLASSIC TRUCKS are hoping we can take advantage of this by offering you all a chance to say thanks by getting involved in one of our favorite organizations-HeroBox.org.
At this very moment the brave men and women of our armed forces are standing guard all over the world so that we may enjoy the freedoms and liberties of this great country. HeroBox is a non-profit organization that provides custom support to our soldiers overseas. Their mission is to provide items that deployed American soldiers need and want while they are away from home defending our freedom. HeroBox engages America's greatest resource, its people, to support our Heroes through a variety of programs and initiatives. Whether you want to adopt a Soldier, Host a Hero Day or make a donation, or follow along or lend a hand with their HeroBox '59 Ford F-100 project HeroBox offers numerous opportunities for all of us to get involved.
A HeroBox is a care package that has been customized to a soldier's specific request. The troops have certain needs and wants depending on their sex, location, and a variety of other factors. The typical care package that a soldier receives isn't always influenced by those needs and wants so HeroBox's goal is to make sure that each HeroBox is directly influenced by the soldier. HeroBox started as a family's simple effort of supporting their Hero, Specialist Evan Housley, a son, brother and husband deployed to Iraq in late 2007. As they began to send him care packages, they immediately realized the need for a more customized solutions that met particular soldier's specific needs and wants. It was with this in mind that founder Ryan Housley launched a simple web page (HeroBox 1.0) in May 2008 to field special requests from his brother and other soldiers. As word spread, the demand soon outweighed the supply and the little web page soon became a non-profit organization. In October 2008, Ryan left his corporate career to pursue HeroBox full time so he and others could continue to provide items that deployed American soldiers need and want while they are away from home defending our freedom. HeroBox engages America's greatest resource, you the people, to support our Heroes through a variety of programs and initiatives. Whether you want to adopt a Soldier, Host a Hero Day, or make a donation, HeroBox offer numerous opportunities for all of us to get involved.
So please do us a favor and take a few moments to check out HeroBox at www.herobox.org and consider getting involved-and don't forget to check out their progress on the HeroBox '59 F-100, it's a cool classic pickup being built for a cause that's near and dear to our hearts. Thanks a bunch, RIZ
Check out some letters of thanks from some of our soldiers below-you'll see just what a difference it makes in a soldiers day to know that the folks at home really do care!
Hero Feedback"Ryan, I just finished what I called Christmas Drop. I would not have been able to do it without the hero boxes from you and the USO. I was able to pull my battalion and deliver over 2000 packages to peoples living area. I had a candle light service and then had everyone meet me in the back room where I had pre-staged all the boxes. It took us 2 hours to deliver all the gifts and bags, but I know when Soldiers wake up and go outside their room they will like to know people from home cared enough to wrap a gift for them. Each CHU in my area received gifts. They went to Army, Navy, Air force and some of our civilian counter parts. Thanks for allowing us to bring a smile to Soldiers. Keep up the good work. God Bless."
CH (1LT) Jeremy Pickens
"Thank you so much for your support. It came just in time for Christmas. I have to inform you that none of my guys could wait to dig in! Some of my guys are first time deployer's and it's really special that you took out time to show your support. It makes our job here just a little bit easier when we get mail from back home. I felt compelled to response and thank you for everything that you do. Just know you have changed sad faces to happy faces. I hope this letter finds you well. I hope you have Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas. Thanks from the Fire Direction Section of HHB 1-10FA and God Bless."
SSG William Godwin
"Thank you for your generous boxes. Thank you for all that you have done on our behalf and for all of the support that warms our hearts. We really appreciate the thoughtful cards and notes and wish you all a very merry Christmas and Holiday Season. I have the honor to serve with the Kurdish People of Northern Iraq. They are a wonderful and hospitable people. They treat us as liberating heroes. They were under heavy suppression under Saddam. They are a smart and promising people. That is not much of a write up, but I can't say enough about the security and care that we have received from these people. They are true friends to America and have included us into their family."
CPT E. Dan Patterson
"I signed up for HeroBox a few months back and we got so busy over here I forgot about signing up. I noticed my name on the mail list today so I went down and checked and I had two boxes from HeroBox. Thank you very much. One box was full of Starbucks instant coffee. I walked around with the box and I felt like Santa as I asked "do you drink coffee" and if they responded with yes, I tossed them a box of the Starbucks instant coffee. Everyone was so excited, especially after being with Starbucks for about 6 months now. If you ever had coffee at a military chow hall, you would understand why they were so excited. The other box had personal hygiene items and some other items that I shared with everyone in my section. I also had some cards in the boxes and there was a note about where the cards came from, so I will be sure to write them and thank them. I just wanted to say thank you for taking care of us over here. Sometimes it is the stuff that people stick in the boxes that we would never have thought to ask our family for, that make this place feel a little more like home. You made a lot of Soldiers happy today with those two boxes. Keep up the good work and when we redeploy I will surely be signing up through HeroBox."
SFC Kohles, Ryan
"To all the thoughtful caring people who pack and provide all the reminders of home.
Thank you from all the soldiers from 2-198 CAB."
"Thank you, I enjoyed the cereal, they came in handy for a quick snack of energy. I shared the Texas Pete with others in the unit. They loved it and were excited to have a taste of Texas." ~ SSG Jenkins 719th MDUS
"I received my first Hero Box earlier this week. Thank you so much for taking time out to send me these useful items. I have attached an email which I sent to before with the information you requested."
George Romvos, SSGT USAF
"I got a box from yall today thank you so MUCH!!!"
Spc Jodie "Sushi" Gollihugh
"This is my third deployment and it seems that support from the home front has dwindled. It's refreshing to see that there are still groups like these to support us. Again, thank you."
"I was in a long mission and I just got back to find 3 boxes sent thru this program. I haven't got the opportunity to thank each one of the volunteers for their support but I will. Thank you very much for your support; it honestly makes this deployment a bit better, especially during this holiday season. I hope everything is good back home :)"
work with, and they thank you for sending them. I am the Executive Officer for a Combat Engineer Company located in Nangarhar, Afghanistan. We are part of the Army out of Fort Carson, Colorado. I am originally from New York, but reside in Colorado with my Fiance. I do like sports. I am a college football fan....Army, UVA, or Boston College are the teams I rout for and watch. I wear T-shirts and am a size Large. Thank you again for your kindness and thoughts."
"Thanks for the support while I was over there, and thank everyone else that does what they do to support us while we are deployed. It truly makes a difference receiving the packages, cards, pictures, and letters written by children. It makes what we do that much more important to know that we have the support. You guys provide a valuable service to all service members. I arrived home from Afghanistan a few weeks ago. It was an exciting and interesting experience that I will never forget. Many Afghans appreciate what we are doing to assist them, and many do not. I am fortunate to have made it home un-harmed, as many that I worked with did not. I am actually trying to do another tour in the near future, but don't know if the Navy will allow me."
"Thank you for what you are doing. My mom says thanks as well." ~ Stephen Stiles
"Thank you for all you do to help support the troops. Every little thing regardless of size can truly make a difference in someone's life."
"I am part of the unit ministry team. We are getting support for the soldiers here so that they feel that "support" from back home that they don't always feel. Some of these guys don't have strong family ties so we want them to feel appreciated. Thank you for your care and support."
"Thank you so much for your support!"
"THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!"
"My husband along with some other soldiers has been sent to a remote location where they live in a tent and have nothing. They don't have any kind of store or anything. I love my husband with all my heart and I want him to know that he will still be taken care of. We have not forgotten them."
"THANK YOU, TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORT THE TROOPS!"
"Thank you for all that you do! It really is nice to get items in the mail when you are not expecting anything."
"You guys are very special for doing what you do. God Bless!" ~ Vincent Meyers
"I WOULD LIKE TO THANKS ALL OF YOU FOR SUPPORTING US ALL THE HARD WORK THAT YOU ALL PUTING TOGETHER AND THE LOVE FOR US, GOD BLESS YOU ALL." ~ Carmen Cruz
"Thank you very much, god bless you! This is a wonderful service!"
"THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO."
"Thank you so much for all you do for us Soldiers!"
"I appreciate whatever you send and my requests are to help those here who may not get anything. So my request comes with the deepest gratitude for your time and effort to support those away from the comforts of home. Thank you for extending your time to us."
"Thank you so much for supporting us, while we are away from our loved ones."
"I really appreciate all the help that you can give to myself and other soldiers. It really means a lot to us when we receive things from home and from people that still appreciate what we are doing overseas. Thank you very much, from the bottom of my heart."
"First of all, thanks for lookin out for us over here. We get pretty bored when not out on missions. It means so much to us to get mail and even more getting things that remind us of what life was like back home before we left. I've been photographing a lot of Afghanistan since I got here and would love to share my experience with you guys, if you'd like. Thanks for all you do to keep us in the fight!"
"This means a lot to us that there are people willing to support us that don't even know who we are. It really makes us proud to do what we do."
"WE APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU GUYS AND GALS DO FOR THE TROOPS. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!"
"It is great to know there are still people who care and support us!"
"Thank you! I appreciate those who support us in our endeavor to keep freedom free."
"Would like to thank you for your support you guys bring morale to us in a box at a time."