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    Support our Troops
    Having a reliable, portable, safe supply of food for our troops is as valuable a weapon as the weapons they carry for protection. Some say the outcome of the U.S. Civil War was in part decided by which side could adequately feed and supply their troops. The North had the advantage as their soldiers on the march were provided with condensed milk and canned vegetables. However the Confederates had plenty of fresh produce, grains and meat from Southern farms, but did not have an easy way to transport these items to the battle sites once railroads were destroyed.
    So what about our troops today who are deployed to dangerous, remote areas of the world where conditions are harsh and austere? These troops are provided with two MREs (Meals-Ready-to-Eat) a day and bottled water. With no running water, electricity, food markets or pharmacies, our troops often go without the things we take for granted. The energy and calories they consume in their duties exceed the protein and calories in an MRE. Aside from eating healthy it is essential that they drink an ample amount of water to stay hydrated which is especially important with the HOT summer months. An article in the Chicago Tribune stated that Marines on foot patrols in Afghanistan had lost as much as 40 pounds each on a diet of just MREs.
    Some of the food items most requested by our troops are shown below. Small individual packets or cans are requested for ease in transporting on missions.
    Beef Jerky
    Peanut Butter/Cheese Crackers
    Tuna/Chicken Packets
    Sugarless gum
    Nuts, Sunflower Seeds
    Protein Bars (GNC)
    Trail Mix
    Electrolyte powdered drink mix(Individual size Gatorade, Emergen-C & Propel)
    Canned Fruit
    You can help make a difference in the life of our military! Please join us in our Fit to Fight protein food drive. Contact us today and let us know if your organization, school or business would like to join us in this effort. The drive will be on-going until they all come home. For more information please contact one of our Moms.
    Drop off sites include:
    Harley-Davidson of the Woodlands
    25545 I-45 North
    The Woodlands, TX 77380
    Katy Budget Books
    2450 Fry Rd.
    Houston, TX 77084
    ALL Tradition Bank Locations
    Until they all come home,
    Houston Marine Moms

    Our Marines serving, especially those on the front lines, desperately need socks. This is an item that is NOT provided to them by their employer. Some wear their socks until they rot off their feet. Some just go without. Some fortunate to have care pkgs coming in will go through as many as 7-10 pairs A DAY because of the terrible hygiene conditions. Trenchfoot is a serious disease that many suffer from. There are no laundry facilities & once their socks/underwear are worn, they are burned.
    The Houston Marine Moms has launched OPERATION: Sock It To 'Em. Several schools have done such drives in the past, but we have an immediate urgency to increase the volume of socks that we send our troops now.
    With summer upon us, why not take a moment to visit our friends at Katy Budget Books, drop off a pack or two, & pick up a little something for that someone special, or maybe for yourself to snuggle up and read! The only expiration to this drive is when we have all of our troops home safe and sound. Something so little that will make such a big difference for someone who is ultimately, watching out for you!
    We are collecting Black socks only (NO White Socks please) and Gold Bond Medicated Foot Powder.
    NOTE: All sock donations received will be gathered & shipped out via the Houston Marine Moms to the Chaplains overseeing the active units for distribution. The Houston Marine Moms solely pay for all postage through donations.
    Drop off locations for DARK Socks (No white socks please, they are not allowed):
    Katy Budget Books
    2450 Fry Rd
    Houston, TX 77084
    ALL Tradition Bank Locations

    Dear Friends:
    As many of you know, the United States has committed more troops. With many Marines and Military returning from a grueling deployment over the past year, additional troops are taking their place. Some Marines who were deployed are preparing to deploy again.
    Much like the conditions when we initially entered Iraq in 2003, the conditions are austere to say the least. Marines at Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) currently have no chow halls, laundry facilities, showers or restroom facilities. They are eating Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), washing the best they can out of ammo cans, and sleeping on cots or on the ground. Electricity is provided by generators (when available). The extreme weather conditions vary from below freezing in the winter to over 130 degrees in the summer.
    The Houston Marine Moms are comprised of individuals who endeavor to provide as much to our deployed military (Marines, Air Men, Soldiers and Sailors) as we are capable. We not only provide to our military as a group but as individuals as well.
    To date, we have provided one of the FOBs with Dutch ovens, socks, tools and building supplies and travel sized hygiene items, and non-perishable food items. Due to the generosity of some local school districts, businesses, organizations, and individuals we have mailed out thousands of care packages to our deployed military. We will continue to provide for our military through generous donors.
    When the Marines at the FOBs to which we provided items learned of what we had sent to date, they were just incredulous that we would make the effort. The young men and women fighting to preserve our freedom are, on average, 19 years old according to the latest statistics. They have voluntarily made the choice to leave hearth, home and family to ensure our freedom. Their gratitude for the support they receive from home is tremendous.
    Please check out our Current Events page for the event(s) and location(s) for the Houston Marine Moms fundraiser(s).
    The types of items needed by our troops (travel size):
    Tuna/Chicken Packets/Protein
    Granola/Power Bars
    Beef Jerky/Slim Jims
    Powdered Drink Mix(On the Go type, Single Servings)
    Cheese Crackers/Nuts
    Personal Care Items
    Adult Disposable Wash Cloths(has soap that does not need to be removed)
    Black Crew Socks
    Gold Bond Foot Powder (small)
    Lip Balm
    Mach 3 Razors

    Sending a check to:
    Please feel free to include notes and letters to the Marines and Soldiers
    Houston Marine Moms
    P.O.BOX 6411
    Katy, TX 77491
    Houston Marine Moms
    (For more information please contact one of our Moms)

    Tina Gorcie, President

    Cathy Moates, Vice President