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Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 06:15 PM CDT

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Welcome to Keystone Soldiers!
Volunteers proudly supporting those who serve our nation!





  It is very easy to say we support our troops, it is another thing entirely to show you support them.

  We are a 100% volunteer non profit organization. Through our organization and website you can show your support for our U.S. troops by becoming a volunteer, holding a fundraiser, collecting items on our list for packages, writing letters and cards to our troops or sponsoring a care package (or several!). You may also make a donation to help with postage or you can sponsor a special care package to one of our troops. There are opportunities available for anyone interested in helping. Just pick up the phone and call us or send an email with Volunteer in the subject line.



The information for writing to the troops is listed in the Penpals N Packages section. Please follow the instructions there. We do NOT give out any personal information on our troops or their families for their safety and security. Each letter you write will go to a different member of our military serving in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Korea or any area we have troops serving our country. Most of the troops who receive your letters do take the time to write back however we cannot guarantee a response. The main focus is to send them encouragement and support from home.


  **Our contact email is keystonemilitary@yahoo.com! Please send ALL email communications to this address.

  If you are in the military or have someone serving our country you would like added to our care package list or penpal list (or both) please send an email to: Keystone Soldiers and we will make sure they receive some letters and packages. If there is something special they need please be sure to let us know in your email. We will do our very best to get it in their care package! If underwear or T-shirts are requested please include sizes. You are also welcome to send us photos of your soldier no matter where they are from or where they are serving. We will add it to our gallery and post it on our Wall of Fame in our office.


 

We have 2 different addresses! Please make sure you are using the correct address so that your packages or letters do not get returned.

Monetary donations, inquiries, cards & letters for the troops should be mailed to:

Keystone Soldiers
P.O. Box 152
Fleetwood, PA 19522

OR:

Keystone Soldiers
130 Redners Way
Leesport, PA 19533


Call for donation drop off or delivery. We are in a shared warehouse. We now have access to a loading dock so no need for liftgate trucks.

Phone: 610-698-2122

 

Our current Hours of Operation are **TUES, WED & SAT 10 AM to NOON**. Donation drop off can also be scheduled by calling the phone listed above. Please try to give us at least 48 hours notice so we can have volunteers available to assist.You are always welcome to visit us at this address during the posted hours of operation. Visitors are not only welcome they are encouraged! There is plenty of work for all who want to help!! Our location is very easy to find. It is just off Route 61 just 10 miles south of the Route 61S exit on I78 and 10 miles north of Reading, PA.


 

There is a link on the right side of the website where you can make a donation through Paypal or you can download our pledge/donation form and mail it to us. Your contributions are what keep the packages and mail flowing. We appreciate every penny! No donation is too small or too large and it all goes to shipping the care packages to our troops.


***If you are registering for the website, PLEASE, please be sure you include your correct email address and user name.*** There is a link at the top of the page on email settings. It will help make sure you get our reply. We are on moderated registration so each new member must be approved by an admin. If you do not receive your password within 24 hours please send us an email and we will check on the problem.

  ~Lordzmom


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Big Stuff Happening!

General News

  Well folks, I promised you BIG news so here goes. We will have a new and permanent home in early Sept. Keystone Wounded Warriors is purchasing an office/warehouse in Shoemakersville, PA and has graciously asked us to share their space. Since our current building is for sale this seems to be the perfect solution. That means we will have services for our wounded troops, their families and the deployed all in one location. 


  Now in order to accomplish this move we are attempting to be as logical and well prepared as possible. We have already started packing the care package side of our operations so that means that we cannot ship many packages until after the move. Our moving priority will be the food pantry so that our families in need will not have to go very long without the pantry available. We have some tentative dates planned and these are subject to change based on some minor things being done to the new place. We plan to close at 1pm on August 16th. I want to encourage all our pantry families to come in before we close and get enough food for 2 weeks instead of one. Our plan is to reopen on Sept 2nd with the pantry operational and hopefully all areas ready to go. No matter what happens we will do our best to not go more than 2 weeks without the pantry available.

  On Tuesday August 19th we will begin moving the shelving for the pantry and get it all in place. Then we will move the pantry food and appliances to the new location and begin stocking the shelves and do a full and complete inventory. Second priority will be to move the office furniture and equipment and get that placed so our internet can be installed. After all that is accomplished we will move the care package items. After everything is moved it will need to be unpacked and the shelves stocked so we are ready to begin the annual Stockings for Soldiers campaign. All of this is a bit overwhelming and a bit of a challenge but I know that we have the support of our friends and volunteers so it will get done. We will need lots of volunteers, trucks and patience to get through this. I also know that in order to continue our mission to serve our military, our veterans and their families this is the right time and the right move. Having a permanent home for our pantry will make many things much easier for our volunteers and those who use our services.

  What's that? I didn't say where we are going? No I didn't! Guess you will just have to volunteer to find out. ;-) Or wait for our opening announcement....

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D’Ambrosio Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram Supports our Military Families

Fill the pickup for the Military Family Pantry at Keystone Soldiers

Leesport, PA June 13, 2014:  Anthony D’Ambrosio Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram in Elverson, PA is showing their support for our military families in a big way. They have placed a brand new pickup in their showroom and beginning June 14th, in celebration of Flag Day, the challenge is to fill this truck with shelf stable foods and baby items for the Military Family Pantry at Keystone Soldiers in Leesport, PA. The promotion will run until June 28th at noon when the pickup will be driven to the pantry for their Grand Opening and Open House celebration (11am to 2pm). The truck will be unloaded by volunteers and the donations will be weighed in and used to stock the shelves that help our military families get through some tough times.

 

Currently our most pressing needs are:

  • Paper towels
  • Bathroom tissue
  • Kleenex
  • Laundry detergent
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruits
  • Pasta sauce
  • Assorted pastas
  • Soups
  • Quick meals for lunch or dinner
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Rice Beans
  • Peanut butter or Nutella
  • Jelly or marshmallow
  • Pancake mix and syrup
  • Grocery store gift cards

 

The Military Family Pantry was formed when the volunteers at Keystone Soldiers realized that they had quite a few items donated that were not suitable for care packages. These items were sometimes given to the local food pantry or armory for disbursement to families in need. During the last year there were more requests for help so it was decided to keep the items in one place and let those in need come in and get what they could use. In June of 2013 the pantry was helping 12 families per month. As of May 2014 they are now assisting 20 to 25 families per week. This need will only increase as more troops come home to lost jobs, medical issues and delays in determinations of disability, and a host of other problems that put them in a position where they need help. Any military member or veteran can stop by and grab some food or other household needs free of charge. No media are permitted entry during the pantry hours. The pantry is totally anonymous and we do not save names or share any information other than the total number of guests and the total weight of the donations given out. We do not contact the unit or FRG (unless they want us to). The privacy, security and safety of the troops and their families is our primary concern in everything we do. Donations for the pantry may be dropped off during regular hours or by calling 610-698-2122 for an appointment.

Anthony D’Ambrosio Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram has shown their commitment to the military in the community many times. Their latest programs have included $50.00 dinner gift cards for all military members who visit their showroom and now the Fill the Truck Challenge. Anthony D'Ambrosio Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram is located in Elverson, PA. They have been serving Elverson's and surrounding areas vehicle needs for over 25 years. Please stop in and say hello! We are your friendly neighborhood dealership!

 

Please feel free to call with questions or for more information.

 

http://www.anthonyauto.com 2681 Ridge Rd Elverson, PA 19520 610-286-9450    

 

facebook.com/KeystoneMilitaryFamilies 130 Redners Way Leesport, PA 19533 610-698-2122

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Care Package Donation Collection

General News

We will be glad to help you put together a care package (or several!). This article will get you started and like all our articles on the website you can print this out to use as a guideline. Just click on the small printer icon at the bottom of the article for a printable page format.

 

First thing to do is visit our website and print out the current list of most needed items. We have a short list of urgent request items on our website and we update this list at least once or twice a month as the troops let us know exactly what they need. You can click on the link at the bottom of the article for a printable page format. We also list emergency requests on our Forum on the website. Click the Forum link in the top navigation bar and look for the Care Package Requests forum.
 

We need your full name, age, address and phone contact for our files. We also need to know the area of collection, dates you are collecting and date of dropoff. This information will be kept in our files for the safety and security of the troops. We do not sell or share your information.
 

If this is a group project you should distribute the list and set a collection date. Be sure to allow enough time for everyone to do their shopping! You might also want to print out a couple of our monetary donation forms for those who do not have time to shop or who would like to help with the postage costs. The link is on the right hand side of the website or I can email you a Microsoft Word document upon request. If you are doing this on your own just take the list shopping for the items you would like to include.
 

When all the items are collected simply pack them up and mail them to our packing office or deliver them to us and we will take it from there! Please package toiletries in different boxes than the food items. The smells can transfer to the foods and no one wants to eat snacks that smell like the soap. You can also pack the items in Ziploc bags to help keep them fresh. Our mailing address listed on the main page of the website and at the bottom of this article. We require 24 hours notice for drop off of collected items. We now share a warehouse and have to schedule around other deliveries. All items are inspected in our office and packaged to go to the units that need them most.
 

We encourage you to include letters or cards with words of encouragement. You can add as many as you like and we will make sure they get delivered with your care packages. For some of our troops the letters are even more important than the contents of the package. The longer they are away from home the harder it is to remember that they have people here who support them.
 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions or need more help! Our email is: keystonemilitary@yahoo.com. Thank you for supporting our troops!

 

Street Address:
 

Keystone Soldiers
130 Redner Way
Leesport, PA 19533

All donation collections must call for an appointment. To schedule your drop off please call 610-698-2122 or email us.
 

Postal Address:
 

Keystone Soldiers
P.O. Box 152
Fleetwood, PA 19522

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My son is a soldier...

General News

My son is a soldier

I can reveal this with pride

(the fear is hidden just below the surface, I confide).

 

He's a real American hero

Who believes in democracy

(yet there is an inner whisper that wants him here with me).

 

I am honored to be his mother

I brag of him through the day

(but I can't help but wonder if there isn't a better way?).

 

My son is a strong, brave soldier

Who says he's prepared to die

(he's not aware of the late night hours that I just sit and cry).

 

I wear a ribbon and a flag

Upon my collar every day

(but alone at night, I bow my head, for my baby boy I pray.). 

 

 I have no idea who the author of this poem is but I found it on another military mom's blog page and wanted to share it. It is a pretty close expression of my feelings and I am sure many other military parents in the U.S.

 ~Lordzmom

Care Package Donations

You may make a donation for Care Packages or Postage via Paypal. Our donation account is: keystonemilitary@yahoo.com


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Download and mail our donation form with your check or money order.

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