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October 28, 2011

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October 28, 2011

I followed Soldiers for Angels on Facebook for about a year before I joined. I was already sending boxes to several different Marines and Soldiers that were family or their friends. It breaks my heart to think that even one of our heros goes without any mail at all. One particular story tugged at my heart. A Marine Sniper on a joint billet with Soldiers in Iraq needed some TLC. 3 deployments and no mail. I thought long and hard about the commitment it would take. 1 letter per week and a box per month. Usually not a big deal, but I was already sending my Marine son in-law and his best friend boxes every couple of weeks as they are in a remote area with no access to purchase anything. So, after about 15 minutes, I accepted the offer of adopting this soul I will probably never meet. I sent him and email and had a reply the next morning. The joy he expressed when he received his first box was beyond what my heart could take. We email back and forth regularly. Within a few weeks, he told me that he had put my name and contact information on a piece of paper he keeps on him and on his computer. That document had the names and contact information of the people he wanted to be notified if anything happened to him. In his email after his first box, he told me that he didn't know how, but someday he would figure out a way to thank me. As a Mom, that was the way. Now instead of two daughters with Marine son in-laws, I have two daughters with Marine son in-laws and a Marine son.
Thank you Soldiers Angels. They have me for life.
Joan Slawson

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Linking me with a young Marine Sniper who had separated himself from the unit of Soldiers he was assigned to because of Philosophical differences between the Army and the Marines. The situation of one person from a branch with an entire unit from another is a recipe for tension.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change anything except to have a chapter in my area.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

My heart went out to the young man's situation.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

My heart went out to this young man's situation.

What would you tell others about this organization?

It is a worthwhile cause that impacts our military heros and there families in so many ways. They are impacts that last a lifetime.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 20, 2011

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February 20, 2011

It can be very confusing and heartbreaking when you desperately want to help and don't know where to turn. As a mother, I wanted to help those young people who are deployed and, for whatever reason, were not able to receive the packages and letters that are crucial for helping them get through the tough times. Soldier's Angels has not only set me up with soldiers to send fun and needed items to, but they have provided the opportunity to make blankets for the wounded as well. A charitable one-stop shop! Thanks to S.A. for your help. Beckie C.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The thanks and gratitude from my soldiers.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

Soldiers Angels is an important and meaningful organization. While being involved in SA I have written letters and sent care packages to deployed soldiers. I have only been involved for a few months and I love it. It is so rewarding to be able to give support and gratitude to our military men and women who sacrifice so much. I hope to become more involved in SA in the future. This organization has so many thoughtful and much needed services for our soldiers and their loved ones.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Every letter I write and every package I send, reminds me to be thankful for the peace, health and freedom I enjoy- thanks to the sacrifices of our soldiers. I enjoy readind updates and "thank you" notes from soldiers involved in SA.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I woudn't make any changes.

May 24, 2010

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May 24, 2010

As a part of the Fairytale Brownies Customer Service team, I get the opportunity to interact with Soldiers’ Angels/Ladies of Liberty regularly. They are a wonderful organization, helping our men and women serving overseas get the items they so desperately need; items that are really hard to come by in a country so far from home. Soldiers’ Angels/Ladies of Liberty supports our female combat and support forces so generously, and by helping them, it helps the morale of all the forces deployed overseas. As a part of the effort, we have joined with the Ladies of Liberty to provide the women serving overseas with fresh baked brownies, so they can have a taste of home in a place that, sometimes, can seem so lonely. Those strong, courageous women of the U.S. Armed Forces serve daily for the freedom of our country, as well as the freedom and safety of the many nations where they are deployed. Their actions help to provide a safe world in which all of us can live and work every day. Our brownies are just a way of saying THANK YOU to all of the wives, mothers, significant others, sisters, aunts, cousins, and daughters.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

letters and emails of appreciation from all the soldiers, whose lives we've touched. We receive pictures, letters, emails, postcards, all telling us how grateful they are for a small taste of home.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 28, 2010
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March 28, 2010
2 people found this review helpful

My husband and I signed up to be soldiers angels at the end of last year. After a few weeks of not hearing from our local contact, I emailed and asked about getting our solider's name. I was told, basically, that we would get it when they get it and we would know what they know. I trusted those instructions and emailed back that I didn't realize there was a wait involved. Several weeks more passed into a few months, again, with no contact. I finally recieved an email telling us that we were no longer needed as our soldier (name listed) had been sent home. I was appalled and disappointed to realize that perhaps, this young man was told that he had been assigned a SA but never received anything since WE were not told of him. I emailed our contact again stating as such and have heard NOTHING back in response even though the email had been verified as being sent. No explaination, nothing. As a writer for military issues, and a mother to service members myself, I am appalled at the lack of integrity I have just witnessed. While I would hope that this was an isolated incident, I have since come across certain curiosities involved with this organization which do not sit well with me. One of which was found at the American Institute of Philanthropy/ charity watch from 2007. I am heartily disappointed and thoroughly digusted.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personally? I went by what they told me they do over the phone and at their site.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure that they're slogan holds true, "No soldier goes unloved." Well, since we never got our soldier's name, we can only hope he didn't!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning not to use or endorse them again and to check out charities even if they seem legitimate before signing up.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

never met them. Got one call from one in town here for an interview. She was legitimate which is why we signed up. The only other was through email and we were brushed off.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It should train better.

Ways to make it better...

They had done what they said they would do and if I hadn't read their review at another charity watch site. While mistakes happen, this one was brought to attention and STILL ignored.Shameful.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Making certain their staff is better trained and no soldier is left out. Since we were not told of ours, at least one may have been!

One thing I'd also say is that...

Enough said.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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