Words of thanks from Afghanistan to Southborough

What could be more appropriate on Thanksgiving than to read words of thanks — these ones from troops in Afghanistan who are grateful for the more than 10,000 pounds of goodies sent by Southborough residents earlier this fall.

Organizers Debbie Depp-Wilson and Lisa Braccio shared the many thank you notes they’ve received. I’ve excerpted some below, but you can read all of them here.

Lisa, Debbie, First let me start by saying, thank you very much to everyone there in the Metrowest Community. I cannot thank you enough for your wishes and prayers, for taking time of your busy schedule to send a little light from home and most importantly for reminding us that what we do does not go unnoticed. Thanks. —CPT Daniel E. Torres

I love the leaves in the box, I’m originally from NY so I really miss the Fall season right now. I hung the leaves up on my wall as if they were falling from the trees (SMILE) and I hung up the letters and cards for everyone to read. Tell Maddie, Chloe and the Southboro Daisy Troop 72782 that I said ‘Hello” and thank you so much for the box of sunshine!!!! —SFC Cynthia Gyening

It’s tough to stay motivated especially for the ones here for an entire year like myself. It seems like Groundhog Day for 365 days in a row. But then, every once in a while, a package or letter is delivered and everyone’s spirits and morale seem to rise and it makes the shop a little more tolerable as the monotony is dispersed even if just for a little while…Please know that you are making a difference in the lives of men and women in uniform. Never underestimate the power of your contribution has to the war effort. We will never forget it!! Sincerely, —Daniel J. Ward and the entire Target Operations Cell

My name is Julio M. Mella. I hope everything is ok over there. Here things are the way they are. I try to live one day at the time. Thank you very much for the care package. Thank you for your generosity. It is amazing how we care about people that we do not even know. —SSG Julio M. Mella

The danger level here is the highest I have seen since my first deployment back in 2005. This is my 3rd go round and it is the worst yet! We will keep defending the locals and protecting them from the bad guys as usual and just pray for everyone’s safety. I can’t express the gratitude we have for all the support we get from home. It is greatly appreciated. Thank you to everyone who helped my guys have a better day! —SGT Laurie Billings

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