How One Military Mom is Supporting the Troops this Season

This is an unclassified copy of communication sent from U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Mark Tromblee:

Lucy,
Yesterday we received several care packages from you.
Thank you so much for your support and generosity.  The packages were graciously received and very much appreciated.
Many days is seems that a majority of our Country has 'forgotten' that we are still in a state of conflict.  Your gesture proves that there are still people that remember and care.
Thank you again for all that you do.
Very Sincerely,
Mark

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This emailed thank you was received by Lucy Mercado last week in response to packages that went out to a platoon in Afghanistan - one of three that she has adopted. For eleven years, since her son was deployed to Iraq, Mercado has been packaging up small gifts and mailing them half way around the world to show love and appreciation from the states our soldiers are diligently defending. Over the years several groups have pooled donations for Mercado's initiative, but this year she has come up a little short and she is diligently working to meet a Christmas deadline for her men and women overseas. 

Lucy's son, Luis Mercado, JR., is now stationed in Dubai. But when he enlisted in 2001—just two weeks before the attack on 9-11—he went where he was most needed. It was enough to make a Mom crazy. 

At that time my son requested items for everyone. Some of them didn't receive packages in the mail due to different reasons. At that time I started to ask friends , neighbors and family members for support and that was how the foundation started.I started to adopt other platoons, as a mother not knowing if my son was coming back, the foundation was the only thing that kept me sane.

Mercado is looking for small things: toothbrushes, tissues, toothpaste, energy power drinks, candy, lozenges, chapstick, batteries, lotion, etc. Mercado stated that just $5 out of pocket could really make the difference in getting these packages on their way to the troops. 

Participating groups to date include: the Junior Division #5 Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Of Monroe, NY; The Blue Knights Chapter XIV; Town of New Windsor Police Dept. PBA and Orange County 4-H Hare Raisers.

I want to do something special for Christmas but I cannot do it alone. I aspire to send a Christmas package to every single troop in the platoon.  The community has to be reminded: even if the news doesn't mention our military, they are still overseas. They are someone's son or daughter, missing their loved ones, not knowing when they will see their family again.

Support Our Heroes is here to let our troops know that we appreciate them. The cause, though pressing at this time, is a year-round initiative. 

Checks can be mailed to:  Support Our Heroes c/o Luz Mercado 18 Windsor Square Drive  New Windsor, NY, 12553. 

Direct email inquiries to: Supportheroes@aol.com
telephone #845-590-4325