Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Seven tons of love

Two years ago, Pete was alive and leading and inspiring his men.

He was a net giver.

This is the email that started what eventually became the Burks Country Store. This is the list that to date has created more than seven tons of care packages for our military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This is the list that we will continue to honor and support.

Our Hero

Pete and Missy
Sun, Nov 11, 2007 at 8:33 PM
To: Melissa Haddad , Pete Burks

Hi there!

Hope that everyone is doing great and getting excited for the Holidays.

I wanted to let you know that Pete is doing very well in Iraq. He is leading a group of guys over there, and they continue to complete their missions successfully and safely. I can't tell you how proud I am of him - he is not only a determined soldier, but also an outstanding role model for his men. He was able to send a couple of pictures recently, and I wanted to share the attached one with you guys. Doesn't he look wonderful? :)

On another note, Pete is definitely the most popular soldier during mail call, thanks to all of you. He LOVES all of the wonderful letters and packages from home. Thank you all so much for taking the time to write to him - it really keeps his spirits up. Many of you have asked for some suggestions on what to send in care packages, so Pete and the guys got together today and compiled the below list of what they're craving from home. Please don't feel obligated to send anything - just wanted to send some ideas along in case:

double stuffed oreos / double stuff chocolate oreos
chocolate chip cookies
snack packs
blue gatorade powder
microwavable popcorn
pretzels
beef jerky
lollipops
poptarts with frosting
honey buns
hot cheetos / hot fries
fudge cookies
xbox 360 controllers
good shaving cream (Aveeno, etc.) / after shave cream
tooth brushes
pens
baby wipes
UNO cards / deck of playing cards
magazines to read (Sports Illustrated, ESPN, National Geographic, etc.)
Q-tips
hand sanitizer (big need)
deodorant

Thanks again for everything, and happy Veterans' Day!

Much love,
Missy (and Pete)

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