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Shiloh Walker

Helping out! I’m a little late with this one… #SOS

I got this from Kelly last week, but I’m running behind.

Her email:

Hi helpers….one of our marines has a birthday on the 23rd….might be pushing it to get boxes but if we can get cards to him that would be great…if you want to send a package that is fine too but might get there late, having said that I am sure he won’t mind!
GYSGT Joe Diehl
HMH 465 Maintenance Control
Unit 26177
FPO,AP 96427-6177

If you’re unfamiliar with my SOS posts, please read here before asking Qs.  It answers most, if not all, the typical questions.  Please note that yes this is a bit late, but trust me…these guys don’t really mind if they get a card, letter or package a few days late.  A note knowing that people are thinking of them makes all the difference in the world!

Christmas Cards for soldiers

Interested in sending some cards to soldiers?  Take a name (or more) below.

Please do NOT share to facebook!
Tim Luedecking (main contact 150 in his unit)
4th Sustainment Brigade
TF Wrangler Bagram AFB
APO AE 09354-9998

Roy Banzon (they have 20 in their unit 7 females, they gave me first names for the women, write to either of these men under their name put share or the female name)
MSG Fernando Marquez

AFS BN Qatar
Unit 530
APO,AE 09898

Jorge Baeza
Unit 15817
APO,AP 96257-5817

this young soldier is stateside he is in Texas hid dad is a Marine Vietnam Vet 19 years old

E1 Kade McCammon
F- 5155
527 I AVE
Unit 2488
Sheppard AFB TX 76311

Wayne Simonsen
PSC 2 Bos 6431
APO,AE 09012

Matthew Butler
PSC 63
PO BOX 001
APO,AE 09397-0001

okay finally names from John’s unit

SPC Acevedo
SPC Wendrick
PFC Angaangan
PFC Morris
SSG Bowden

396 TC
Camp Buehring
APO,AE 09330

Arkansas Tornado Relief…how you can help

I grabbed this link via @smartbitches twitter feed.


Check list from The Made Thing~posted with permission.



This list is specific needs for individual families that have asked for certain items. I’ll be updating this as time goes on, including adding a mailing address to send donations to.

Money Donations for Mayflower and Vilonia Tornado

If you’re not local to Arkansas, the best thing you can do is donate money to relief organizations and earmark it for our area.

  • Red Cross – You can go here and do a “quick donation” for a general disaster relief fund. I expect they will set up a specific cause you can donate to later and will update this information as I get it. Even if you’re not here, they always need blood. You can also donate $10 by texting the word “REDCROSS” to 90999.
  • The Salvation Army – Fill out this donation form to specifically donate to the Arkansas tornado relief. You can also mail checks to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO Box 738, North Little Rock, AR  72115-0738 and write Arkansas Tornado Relief on the check memo line. To donate $10 to the general disaster ref lief fund, text “STORM” to 80888. You can also call 1-800-725-2769.
  • United Methodists of Arkansas – They have a fund set up too. Donate here.
  • Mosaic Church – A few families at this church were affected and are accepting donations.
  • Arkansas Rice Depot – Text “FEED” to 74700 to make an immediate $5 or $10 donation. You can also go to www.ricedepot.org and click “GIVE TODAY.”
  • United Way – Our local Conway office is taking donations on their website. Scroll down past the list of local needs to the button!
  • Kangabloo – An local online marketing company is selling t-shirts to benefit and collecting donations. Order one for $15 and help victims!

Local Donations for Mayflower and Vilonia Tornado

If you’re here in Central Arkansas, we need supplies. You can bring the requested items to these locations.

  • Apostolic Church in North Little Rock accepting donations beginning at 9 a.m. Monday to “Stuff the Truck.”  Donations of tarps, flashlights, batteries, hand sanitizer, non-perishable food items, gloves, toiletries, chainsaws, blankets and bottled water can be dropped off at 4315 Landers Rd. in North Little Rock.  They can be reached at 501-945-2655.
  • Holiday Inn Express in Maumelle will be a drop off site for donations . They need bottled water, non perishable food items, blankets, clothes, baby items, books and stuffed animals.  Holiday Inn Express is located at  200 Holiday Dr, Maumelle, AR 72113.
  • The Van is accepting donations (currently) at the cafe across the street from 8 Mile gas station on 64. Check their Facebook for more info.  You can donate cash to The One (the organization behind the Van) online.  The Van is in Vilonia right now helping out.
  • Faulkner County SPCA – They need tarps, tents, crates, and dog kennels, dog food, cat food, horse food, medical supplies, bandages, tape, gauze, soft towels, or baby blankets. You can donate these items to the 8 Mile Store in Conway. There is also a lost and found pet Facebook page, although not associated with the SPCA. If you find wandering animals in the area, check there.
  • Stratton’s Market – They’re taking collections on Monday and Tuesday. Bring clothes, blankets, non-perishable food, etc.
  • Family Life Bible Church – (150 S. Hogan Ln) will be collecting items for local tornado relief shelters. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Monday. They need water, nonperishable snack items, new blankets and pillows, and large tarps. They’re collecting until 4:30 each day until further notice.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Bryant- Collecting donations of non-perishables, water, clothing. Drop off between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Located at 6401 Boone Road in Bryant.
  • Mayflower High School and Middle School Shelters- They need blankets, cots, pillows and snacks. John Pipkins or Doug Jones will accept donations there.
  • Arkansas Women Bloggers – One in our ranks was hit. We’re collectingwomen’s small and size 6 pants and 8 shoes. Men’s xl and size 38 pants and 12 shoes. kids size 7 and 3 shoes. & 12-18 months and 3 shoes.  Please call me at 501.825.0421 for pickup or make a Paypal donation to Stephanie (at) arkansaswomenbloggers.com with Leslie in the note. You can drop it off at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, 925 Mitchell street, Conway with another one of our members but be sure to mark them “Leslie.”
  • Oak Bowery Baptist Church – 889 Otto Rd in Conway is accepting donations for relief efforts. 
  • Kroger & JCPenny in Batesville – They’re taking money donations inside Kroger to buy supplies and collecting bottled water, canned food, blankets, formula, diapers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.
  • J. Tyler Pearson Fundrasier at La Huerta in Conway – This political fundraiser has been changed to a relief fund and donation center. We will be taking supplies and monetary donations. We will be collecting clothing for kids and adults, blankets, non-perishable food items, bottled water, baby items, toiletries, personal hygiene products, dog food, cat food, first aid supplies, over the counter medications, garbage bags, and plastic storage totes. It’s at 11:30 am at La Huerta in Conway. I will personally be there.
  • Faith Assembly of God in Springdale – They are working on coordinating efforts. Check back with them if you’re in the area.
  • Faulkner Co Extension Office- Collecting water, toiletries, etc., 4 storm victims. 110 S. Amity Road, Conway. 501-329-8344.
  • Central Church of Christ- Please drop by the tarps, bottled water, work gloves, flashlights, hand sanitizer and other basics. For the victims themselves–toiletries (tissue, soap, diapers, etc.) This will begin at noon today. 823 W 6th St, Little Rock, AR 72201 (501) 374-2039 http://www.arcentralchurch.org/#/central
  • Arkansas Rice Depot – They are making Disaster Meal Kits. Click here to view what is needed.
  • First Baptist of Benton – They’re collecting Walmart gift cards to give out to affected families. Find out more here.
  • United Way of Conway – They’re collecting supplies. Read the list here.

Volunteering in Mayflower and Vilonia for Cleanup

  • Arkansas National Guard – Call 1-800-725-2769 to get an assignment from central command.
  • New Life Church – Tornado Relief for Vilonia & Mayflower: Meet tomorrow at 8AM at NLC Conway. Bring chain saws & gloves. Wear hard sole shoes & ARDC shirts. #SERVErelief (New Life Church’s Facebook).  They also have a tornado relief fund setup at the Arkansas Dream Center Page. Sign up for volunteeringhere.
  • Beryl Baptist Church –  Non-emergency volunteers can meet at the church at 873 U.S. 64 Business, Vilonia and receive passes and assignments to help with relief.

Wanna send some Christmas Cards for some troops?

Got an email from my friend Kelley who works with an SOS unit.  She had this names passed onto her…


GySgt Heather Vecchia;
GySgt Fatima Herrera;
Sgt Kim Barton;
Cpl Liza Cabanillas;
Cpl Tylena Murray;
Cpl Chavez;
Cpl Tiffany Webster;
LCpl McCartney; LCpl Rhodes.
Unit 16045
FPO AP 96427-6045



Cpl Showni Anderson
APO AE 09354


LCpl Jordan Somerson
1/9 A Co.
UNit 13955
FPO AE 09510-3955

Lcpl Miquel A. Vidal
Lcpl Nicholas Mcdonald
Lcpl Juan M. Molina
Lcpl Mathew Guelzow
Cpl. Klye Vanalmkerk
BLT 1/4, Det 2, Charlie Co.
UNIT 16053.
FPO. AP. 96427-6058

Sgt Jo Moody
CLR2 TS Company
Unit# 73760
APO AE 09510-3760

Sgt Jorge A. Pineda
Unit 26050
FPO AE 96427-6050

Roneshia D. Owens
UNIT 78372
APO AE 09510

SPC Nailea Silguero
APO AE 09355

Works in the trauma hospital in Kandahar. She shares with all of the injured men and women.
Sgt Nichols, Ashley
8th Ordnance Co
APO, AE 09354


Lcpl Logan, Adam E
UNIT 42190
FPO-AP 96427-2190


Kelley says we’re mostly looking for Christmas cards, although if anybody wants to adopt a name for gifts, etc, that’s fine.  Ideas for gifts, care packages can be found here.  Keep in mind, these people are looking for cards, letters, support…nothing beyond that 🙂  This is being stated because …well, it needs to be stated. 😉

Soldier name…needing cards :)

His birthday is February 17. He’ll be back in May. For now, we just ask for cards-thanks, thanks for the support, that sort of thing. If you send your email, he may contact you back.

Updating to add… I got back word that Stephen would love letters, care packages, etc.  Please follow the link below to see what to send and what NOT to send as far as care packages go. 🙂

KEEEP IN MIND… this is just support. It’s not a dating service or anything else. Many of the names I posted, the people are married. Yes, I post this for a reason. Read more about the SOS posts here.

1LT Stephen Owens
3-401st AFSBn
APO, AE 09354

Hey, authors…got books?

So, some of you have probably seen my posts about helping out the troops.  I’ve got a contact who works with the Support Our Soldiers group, one of the charities that…well, provides support to the soldiers.

One of the things Kelley does is send books.

When I get my author copies, I send her anywhere from 5-10 copies.  She sends these to various groups.

And they love them.  I’ve got pictures and notes from the men and women who write her back…they don’t often write me, but they do write her and they so appreciate getting the books.

One of my prized possessions is a flag that was sent to me in appreciation for the books I’ve sent.

If you have books that you can spare, her list of authors is getting thin.  She does need print titles.  They don’t always have easy access to get ebooks, but if you have some spare author copies, I’m sure they’d appreciate them.

I can’t really answer any Qs about this, but if you want to talk with Kelley, you can shoot her an email at kelleygranzow@yahoo.com.  She’s done a lot of work with the SOS functions over the years and I know the troops would appreciate the support.

And yes… they enjoy romance. 🙂