Friday, August 31, 2007

No news

No news is supposed to be good news, but I miss hearing from Daniel. I would guess the prolonged silence is because they have left the FOB (Forward Operating Base) and have gone to a COB (Company Operating Base), which will be smaller and have very limited facilities.
I got a letter today from a wonderful woman at church who said her study group wanted to put a box together for Daniel and asked for specific suggestions. To avoid duplication, I'll list my thoughts here as well. Remember that the best packing material are individually wrapped hard candies they can distribute to the local children.

  • Tortilla chips with salsa. Yes, they'll arrive broken, but make for good snacking. Bags of pre-popped popcorn would also fill that bill nicely.
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.
  • Cookies. Although I wouldn't usually advocate it, store packaged would probably be best as they do put preservatives in them.
  • Craisins (dried cranberries).
  • Trail mix
  • Crackers and cheese spread
  • Top Ramen/Cup 'o Noodles/Yakisoba bowls (just add hot water type of oriental noodles)
  • Salted Nut Roll candy bars
  • Beef Jerky/"Slim Jim" type meat sticks

What not to send? Anything that will melt in heat. Anything with alcohol in it. Surprisingly, Daniel said they don't need liquids - the military provides them with all the water and Gatorade they can hold.

Other than that, handwritten notes, pictures from Seattle and words of encouragement are appreciated.

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