One of the only ways we know whether the care packages are appreciated are from 'thank you' letters sent to us from the care package recipients. This one, dated 22 December 2011 was received by us on 18 January 2012:
(Parts of this letter have been omitted due to security restrictions. Otherwise, this letter is reprinted in the same way it was written.)
Hello. I thank you all so much for being huge supporters. Has been really nice getting good stuff in care packages, especially around the holidays. You guys are great. Wishing you all a very merry christmas and a happy new year. It's hard being away this time of year but the good news is we are half way through. Keep being good people, brings the moral up on the soldiers. Thank you all so much again I/we appreciate the support.