“The gratitude circulates,” said Bender. “The soldiers send us thank you notes. Last year, while reading one of the thank-you notes, I started crying. The soldier was so appreciative and talked about seeing his child.”
Another thank you note, from the Operating Enduring Freedom, HHC, 101st ESB RNCC, was framed and is hanging on the wall of Delhi Legion Post #190.
“I always sent thank-you notes to those who sent us care packages,” said Vicki Noble of Delhi. Noble said she remembers receiving care packages while she was stationed overseas.
“We’d all get so excited when anyone received a package,” Noble said. “Everything was shared. Just to open the package together gave us something to look forward to.”
In 1974, Noble joined the Marine Corps. After seven years, she transferred to the National Guard.
“I was deployed to Kuwait year 2006-2007,” Noble said. “When packages came from home, we never knew exactly what was in the package until we opened it, so it truly was like Christmas.”