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    My name is Edward Sylvia. I am currently stationed at Kandahar, Afghanistan and I wanted to thank you for the care package you sent. It was wonderful gesture. Not only was everything inside extremely helpful, the letters of appreciation were excellent motivators. Its people like you that make me proud to serve this country. Again thank you so much for taking time out to do that for us.

SrA Edward Sylvia


I received a package from you today at Camp Phoenix, Kabul, Afghanistan.  I want to thank you very much for the items.  As you can imagine being in a foreign country without seeing friends and loved ones can be hard on many soldiers.  I placed the package out for everybody to enjoy and they all loved it.  When I told everybody it was from Cape Cod For The Troops, the were  very impressed. 

It is definitely an honor to serve for all of you back home and for the rest of the country.  Please keep up the good work.  Soldiers need citizens like you to look forward to.


William Patton


Dear Dylan,
Thank you so much for what you and your foundation are doing for the
troops.  We are truly grateful and thankful of your support.  I must say
that your boxes that we received today are some of the most carefully
packaged, and well thought out care packages that I have EVER SEEN!! I
sincerely mean that.  Thanks again and keep up the good work!

2LT Valenzuela


Dylan and all of your supporters,

Thank you for your most generous care package. It is apparent that alot of care, thought, and time went into preparing this great care package. In addition to the great items you managed to squeeze into this box, I am extremely grateful for all of the cards, with their wishes and thoughts, from the local Cape Cod residents. There is no better feeling knowing folks from my local community care enough to take the time to do this, and that they are thinking about all the troops serving our country!!!

One item that touched me the most is the Star of the US Flag from the Cape Cod Moms. I will carry it with me every day. Please pass on my appreciation for the support their thoughts have provided.

Again an enormous Thanks to you and all of those who helped you with this most generous gift!

John J. O'Keefe


Thank you very much for the care package and support. As you know, our unit is in some of the most rugged and remote land that Afghanistan has to offer, and our Soldiers do not have access to a PX. Therefore, what we receive in the mail is what we have to share with one another. Much of what you have sent has specifically met needs, and the goodies are the kinds of things that the Soldiers love. Please know that the time, energy and expense that you have invested in us does make a difference in the lives of our Soldiers. Thank you especially for your prayers. I know that God can do amazing things in situations like this. Please ask as many people as possible to pray for us regularly.

Thank you again for your care and support. CPT. C. Arnold


Thanks for sending the care packages. There are a lot of useful items. The fact that you don’t even know us really show the type of person you are. Things here are going as good as they can while we are here at Camp Leatherneck. I am part of the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. The morale here has boosted as a result of your care packages.

Thank you so much. 1st LT Cory J.


Dylan and members of Cape Cod Cares for the Troops, I am at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. I wanted to tell you a big “THANK YOU” for everything. The boxes sent by your group really do make a difference. I help distribute the care packages to men/women at the outlying bases or FOB’s. I just wanted you to know you and your group are doing is greatly appreciated.

SSG Miles


I just wanted to say that all your hard work is not un-noticed. We here in Iraq, thank you all for your support and care packages. Your caring gives us a sense of pride. We also love the moral boost your care package provide us. I hope our sacrifices remind everyone that freedom is cherished.

SSGT K. S. Baghdad, Iraq


Thank you so much for what your organization does for deployed troops. Your packages are smiles and hugs in a box.

Thank you. Lynn P.


I am a recipient of one of your Christmas Care Packages.  I believe the man I replaced, had something to do with me receiving this care package and I must say it has made my stay y over here much easier to manage.  This is the first time since my wife and I had a family (3 children ages 10, 8 & 5) that I have had to be away during the holidays-one of the lucky ones I guess.  I believe what you are doing is a fantastic idea and the morale of the troops will be better for this effort.  Please pass on my sincere Thanks to all who helped fill this package with so many good things and the letters of support included as well.  I will be saying my prayers that by my efforts over here, that you, my children and the rest of the children throughout the world will never have to come do what I am doing.  Please have a Blessed and Happy

Holiday Seasons.  LtCol R. T.


I want to personally thank you for taking the time and care to send us such support in the form of care packages.  I want you to know that all of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines that I sharedyour boxes with sincerely appreciate the support you and Cape Cod Cares for the Troops gives.

It is amazing the work and devotion your town shares to support our troops.  Just when we think we are a distant thought to everything else happening in the world, along comes a reminder of much our nation cares.  Your care packages renew our determination to fulfill our promise.give hope and freedom to all.  On behalf of everyone who benefitted from your packages, thank you for personifying the spirit of the holidays. 

Warmest regards and thanks, Major Frank C.


Thank you so much for the Christmas Care Package.  When I received it I was absolute stunned.  These people do not know me???  This is really for me???  Anyway, I soon found out from your great letterthat is was for me, and it’s just “because” I was here.  The kind words and support from everyone back home is amazing.  For you to set up a non-profit organization and distribute so many packages is outstanding.  I am really impressed and grateful.  Don’t worry about us – we have each other and know we have prayers and support from home. 

Sincerely, Brian G.


 Thank you for the box of goodies.  Your love, prayers and support help us through in timesof stress and need. 

With much love and appreciation to you all back home.  Sincerely, SSgt. H


 From the bottom of my heart, I wish to thank you for the wonderful packages you sent to not only me, but hundreds of other soldiers as well that included, personal care items, snack foods, coffee and a Christmas stocking to name just a few examples.  It means very much to the troops and I to have people back home supporting us through efforts like yours.  That’s what keeps us going and helps us through times such as the holiday season!  I know your act, Dylan, is one that I, along with many other soldiers, will never forget.  I think it’s pretty incredible that a young man, such as you, put together such a wonderful program that put so many smiles on the faces of troops across the combat zone.  I saw it with my own eyes.  You should be proud of your work.  In your letter you did mention that you sometimes send school supplies to troops to distribute to Iraqi children.  Being a teacher in the civilian world, helping kids over here is something that fulfills me.  As a military policeman in the Army, my squad does have contact with schools and we intend on visiting them.  If you do have access to school supplies, you can definitely send them this way.  Thank you again Dylan. 

We appreciate everything you’ve done and will continue to do for us in the future!  Spc. Peter F.


I am stationed at Balad Base in Iraq.  I just wanted to thank you and your organization Cape Cod Cares and let you know that your organization is a life-blood to your nations military.  If it was not For people like you doing honorable and selfless acts, your military would not have the confident and determined soldiers, airmen, seamen and marines that it does today.  People like you are making a difference, and it means twice as much to guys like me. 

God Bless You,  TSgt Chris M.


Thanks so much for your efforts are Cape Cod Cares for the Troops.  Not many individuals, let alone a teen, would have the insight, tenacity and heart to take on a project of this kind. I can tell you, it makes a huge difference to the troops. 

All the best, CPT  T


Our shop recently received a Christmas Care Package out here onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt from you and would like to extend our deepest gratitude!  The contents were excellently thought out and put to good use right away.  Knowing that the people we’re serving are supporting us in what we do day in and day out gives us motivation to give our all in everything we do.  Your thoughtfulness is truly appreciated and the smiles on our faces are proof of that.  Keep up the good work, you’re making our  holiday season brighter and keeping our spirits high! 

AE2 Baxter


I received one of your care packages.  I want to thank you for the effort you are putting into sending these out to our troops all over the world.  It means everything to us.  It’s hard to stay out here away from our friends and families but when we receive packages we are reminded of why we are in fact here and stop thinking so selfishly.  Thank you so much again for everything you have sent to myself and my fellow troops.  We will continue fighting over seas as long as we know there is something for fight for.

Respectfully, ANAN Travis C.


Hello my name is SGT Joseph C, and I would like to personally thank you for the time and effort you put into sending myself and my soldiers packages this holiday season.  The thought and kindness is truly appreciated and won’t be forgotten.  So as I write this message just know that you have some very good friends in the 299th.  Happy Holidays. 

Thank you from J. Creer


I wanted to take the time to thank you for your support.  It means a great deal to know that people are standing behind us and that they still care and remember.  We are working so hard to ensure our country remains the safest and the best in the world.  I also want to ensure you that the items you sent were immediately given to Marines that could use them.  It lessens our burdens and increases out mission readiness, from the senior Lieutenant Colonel to the youngest Private.  The Marines work from 0800 to 1800 everyday, sometimes longer.  It means a lot when they can simply pick up something that you sent instead of taking the time to go to the PX(store) on base.  It gives them more time to relax, call home or exercise.  Regardless of how one looks at the benefits, your efforts, thoughts and thanks are greatly appreciated.  We watch the news here as well and it can get frustrating at times when all you hear about is the bad and the ugly.  If they just showed the good and the progress being made, they would think differently back home.  Thanks again and if there is anything you could use from our end let me know. 

Sincerely, Captain Andrew B.


My unit received care packages from you.  What you do to support the troops is a great service to us and our country.  It is a great morale boost to receive packages and letters from people who care about us and our mission.  Happy Holidays.  Keep up the good work. 

All the best, 1Lt. Dan   1-8 InfBn


I really do appreciate your gifts.  I and I’m sure others appreciate you all as much as you do us.  I want to let you know that I shared my packages with the Afghans.  They are very thankful.  They don’t have much out here, so I try to give them something. 

SPC Brandon R.



I want to thank you for the Christmas care package you put together and sent out his way over the holidays. There were all kinds of useful things inside of it, and it helped keep our minds off of Iraq for a little while. This was the second package we have received from you since arriving in August, and both of them were top notch care packages. Your website and organization do a lot for all of us deployed overseas, and is greatly appreciated. It’s nice to see the support we get from people back in the states, and some simple things from stateside helps us pass the time. None the less, keep doing what you’re doing, it’s not overlooked nor underappreciated.

Take care and keep up the good work. SSgt. B. Frantz



I would like to thank you for the wonderful service you are providing the troops here who are away from our families. The packages that you have sent us have brightened our weeks. We really, really Appreciate your efforts. Again, thanks so much for taking the time to make our time away a little bit more pleasant.

Sincerely, SSgt. Doyon



Thank you for all the support you have given us with our deployment here in Kuwait. We especially Appreciate the cards and packages you have sent, and the encouragement you have shared wit h us. Your backing has been invaluable to us during this period. I will be leaving here soon, and have provided the name of my replacement, his address is the same as mine. Again, we thank you so much. We greatly appreciate your generosity.

Sincerely, CMSgt. Groeneveld



Thank you for the care package with the goodies and the letters from students from all over the U.S. It was very thoughtful of you to send care packages to the Troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
We Appreciate the support from everyone back in the states… CPT Ashton

Thanks for the package I received this Christmas. I didn’t get much this year and your package really made my day. This is my second rotation here and it is people like you that make this a lot more bearable.

Thanks again, CMS Colton



I would like to thank you very much for the care package. It is nice to know that even being so far away from our families and friends that people still go out of their way to care for all of us our here. It means a lot not just to me but all of my friends that are taking up their part in the War on Terror. Right now I have friends stationed all over the middle east and we all have been blessed by the support of everyone sending us care packages. It always feels good to get something from your families and friends but it always seems more of a pleasant surprise when it is from someone you never met. It is these little things that help many of us push through the day, just knowing someone cares helps out a lot.
Thank you again. I know you have brought smiles to many of the troops over here.

Keep up the good work. TSgt. A. Fantasis, Jr.



I just wanted to take a minute and thank you for the package that you sent to me. I have shared the contents with the members of my team of more than 20 medical personnel and we are all grateful for The package. We are here to help the Afghan people rebuild their medical system and it was surely a great surprise to get your package. It reinforces the fact that we are here for wonderful Americans like You. Having a little taste of Cape Cod, and all the wonderful things you sent made us all feel more appreciated by the folks back home. You are the reason we keep going on, you and your group are Great Americans and are making a big impact on the morale of our troops.
Keep up the great works and Thanks again. CDR Williams

Just a quick note to let you know that one of your care packages arrived safe and sound. It brought smiles and joy to all of us here in Kabul, Afghanistan. We shall be in touch with you in the future. God Bless you and all those who stand by and assist you with your heart felt efforts – it does make a difference….if only you knew.

Thank you and best wishes, LCDR A. Carter



I got your care package the other day. Thanks so much for everything. I was able to share everything with the rest of the guys and everyone really appreciated it. We like the letters and the DVD too. Getting things from back home is a real morale boost, so keep up the good work. It makes a lot of people happy.

Sincerely, 1Lt. Gregg S.



First off I would like to thank you all personally for what you do.  Also the rest of my team here would like to thank you for the goodies you sent and for what you guys are doing for all the soldiers out here.  It is really good to see there are people like you doing rather than just saying! It makes a huge difference and from us all "keep up the good work"  You are the reason we fight. Again Thank You so much and keep up the amazing work you do.

God Bless America. SPC J. Heste



I'm writing this from my hooch her in Baghdad, Iraq.  It is the beginning of February and my tour here is winding down.  It has been quite an eventful past few months, and while it wasn't always easy, I can tell you that is has certainly be worthwhile.  It's hard to explain just how much your support means to all of us over here.  While your packages consistently stacked up as some of the best we've seen, even more important is the thought behind them.  It is people like you who are the heartbeat of our great nation.  Know that your work at home is not in vain, and that the Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Airman you're supporting truly do appreciate and need all that you do.  God Bless you, and keep up the great work.  You're our heros.

Respectfully, 1Lt. Benjamin D. USAF


My company recently had a Christmas Party and I noticed all these little holiday care packages that said from Cape Cod Cares for the Troops.  Being from Falmouth it was nice to see something so close to home out here in Mosul, Iraq.

Thanks for your caring.From, Anthony


I wanted to take a few minutes and express my personal thanks to all you you for taking the time and sending Christmas Care Packages to us soldiers here in Iraq.  I can't put into works how much this means to me.  You are an inspiration to us all and we are overwhelmed by your support.  I want also to tell you that I am as proud of you, as I am our great nation.  It's the people like you that make being here less a burden.  You have me at a slight disadvantage because I'm not sure how your received my name and address. but I am grateful that you did.  This is the first time in many years that I've had to leave my family and friends behind to serve, an honor I will always remember.  I believe we are doing the right thing by being here, regardless of what the media may say.  We are a great country because we show compassion for others, and we value our freedom.  I am reminded of this when  people like you take the time to do something as admirable as what you've done for me.  Thank you once again, and on behalf of my friends and extended family here I'd like to wish you all a very happy and Blessed New Year.  May the Lord Bless and keep you always in his loving care.

Best Regards, SSG Michael V


Thank you so much for the time and effort you take to support the Soldiers.  The games and DVD's are great and will go in our recreation room.  I appreciate all that you do.  We will pass out all of the individual gift bags at our Christmas Party.  Thank you again.

Respectfully, 1LT James C.



Thank you for what you do. Being deployed is a tough time, being away from home, family and loved ones. When we receive mail from home it brightens our Week, and every little thing is cherished. I was lucky to receive one of your care packages, and all I can say is thank you. I shared it's contents with my platoon, and we are all grateful. They are all amazed at what you do, and very proud that you would think of us while we are away from home.

Thank you and keep up the good work.
Spc. K. T. US Army


I am a 1st Lt. In the USMC. You have no idea how good it makes "us" feel over here to know there are Americans like YOU who feel the way you do. As an Officer of Marines, it is my responsibility to look out for the morale and welfare of the troops. Seeing the look on their faces when they receive a care package or letter from a random patriot back home is absolutely priceless.

1st Lt. David


Thank you very much for everything you sent, everything was put to good use. The support from back home is greatly appreciated and it strengthens our resolve. We proudly serve our country and the Marine Corps because we think It is very important for people around the world to enjoy freedom and democracy. We are here to help them in their process and fight the terrorist that want to stop Them. Keep up the good work and thank you for your support. God Bless the United States of America.

Semper Fi!
SSgt. A. F.


I am a Staff Sergeant with the Massachusetts Air National Guard. Today I received a care package from your organization. I can tell you it was the highlight of my day. I have served in the military full and part time for over 20 years and must admit if it were not for our families and organizations like yours there would be Soldiers, Sailors and Marines that never received a letter let alone a care package. I along with the men I serve with salute you. It is easier for us to serve here knowing that we are not forgotten. We are merely doing the job that needs to be done.

SSgt Sullivan


We received your care package and are very grateful. I am impressed that you started this non-profit organization. So few bother to do anything beyond say that they support the troops, but you really put your money where your mouth is.The care package that you sent lasted less than 5 minutes. Our PX only has a basic selection of items which makes packages from the states a prized commodity. I wish you and your organization good health and fortune.

Thank you for your support. It is greatly appreciated.
SPC Alan C.


I received a care package from you and your organization today. I went to your web page to check out your organization and all your efforts brought a tear to my eye. To see such a young American like yourself doing so much for people who you have not even met truly defines what patriotism is. Your efforts clearly define of the "Army Values" that I live by everyday: Selfless Service… Again, a heartfelt thanks for the care package. One of the Army's "Warrior Ethos" is " I will never quit!" I am sure your dedication and drive will remain until all of my fellow soldiers, sailors, airman and marines are home.



I am a Command Sergeant Major and I wanted to let you know that I received you care package today. What a noble cause you have at such a young age. Not that we want or expect care packages but I wish everyone carried your spirit and love for your country as you do. I can certainly tell you that when our soldiers receive care packages, it is just like Christmas for them. With all the letters and drawings that children write or color has an uplifting impact on our troops and I can not thank you and your friends enough for that…I want to thank everyone who wrote something in your care package and I will do my best t hopefully not leave anyone off:First, I much thank you Dylan, your family, Torri, JD and Jaime. Next: Cody, Samantha King, Daniel, Lillian Brightman, Tudi, Haley, Ariel, Jared, Chris & Tom.

Thank you again for all you do, not only for my troops but for all the others that you have put a smile on their face, you are the heart of what America is, a kind, caring and giving nation.


My MAJ. just showed me the care package he just received from you. I was humbled. We have been here for approximately 3 months and have received many care packages from our families and friends, but yours was different and special. You see, my wife and I have been noticing that the “Support Our Troops” spirit has greatly diminished over the past couple years. It makes me happy and proud to see you and your organization at work. You are truly appreciated. I know that I speak for all the soldiers in Iraq when I say that your efforts are noticed and spoken of at all levels. As I live close to you, in Portsmouth, RI, it makes me feel there is still “home-town” support for our mission here. Don’t ever lose your drive to support troops overseas as we attempt to spread peace and democracy. You are a part of us and our mission. Thank you.

Most sincerely,
CAPT. Jeffrey K.


Dear Dylan, Where do I begin trying to describe the feelings we felt when we opened your care package with great excitement today. Your family is a true example of why we love America, and Americans. Thank you so much for all you do. You have gone above and beyond your call of duty as citizens and we are forever grateful for you. Thank you for the wonderful treats. Your package was enjoyed by several people and we are eternally grateful for you. Thank you so much for everything. If there is anything we can do for you please let us know.

With deep appreciation,
Sgt. James M.


Dear Cape Cod for the Troops foundation, Hello. How are you doing? I wanted to send an email to you, and say thank you for your support, while we are deployed in operation Iraqi Freedom. I have been sharing the boxes of goodies, that you have generously sent to my platoon. I also want you to know, that people like you really do make military personal feel really good about the jobs they do and in general... themselves. Being deployed especially in a warzone, is hard, but nice, caring, and generous people like yourself back at home, are making it easier, and making our morale better while we are deployed. My entire platoon wishes to thank you, and wishes you and your family the best for your holiday season.

Thank you again,


I am here in Iraq serving with the 101st Airborne Division. I serve with Ist Brigade out of Kirkuk, Iraq. Unfortunately I don't actually serve in Kirkuk, I'm at one of the smaller foreward operating bases in the area. Having luxuries out here is a very big deal. Unlike a lot of soldiers here, I have a wife and children at home sending me letters and their prayers. I recieved one of your care packages and saw how well they went over with the guys. I don't know if many of the soldiers here can take the time to thank you, so I will for all of us. On behalf of all the guys out here, as well as our families back home, thanks for caring. It is easy to forget people care about us out here.

Thank you.


Having stumbled across your website from a newspaper article in the base newspaper of my deployed location it was an awesome feeling to see the people back home going out of their way way to help US... I wanted to personally thank you and let you know that your actions do make a difference for there is no greater feeling than knowing fellow Americans want to make sure that my fellow troops and I are OK. It is a powerful reminder on why we do this job without hesitation and with dedication.

 Thanks for the reminder!
Senior Airman Rick L.


I was one of the recipients of your wonderful care packages! I want to thank you for your kindness and hard work. Your package brought so much joy to me and the other memebers of my unit. For one guy, it was the first box he got from home. It meant a lot to him.

Thank you for caring so much about us.


I want to tell you that we received your generous package. I have passed it out to soldier that has not received any mail in our over two month deployment. I can say that I know you are making a difference in soldiers lives. This is my second time over here and the support we are receiving this time is very encouraging. It is very hard to be away from loved ones and the land that we call home. Mail day is very special to all of us.It only comes three times a week and know that your package was welcome and greatly appreciated.

Proudly serving,


Hello Dylan,
Thank you so much for your care package. I was really busy on Saturday when it came in so I couldn't open it until last night after work. It was so nice to see a package from people I don't even know and may never meet. Yet, you did so because I'm in the military, and serving our country.

MSGT Christopher A.


Thank you so much for the package. We all really appreciate the support from back home. You dont know what it means to us.

Thank you so much.
Sgt. Miller


Thank you SO much for the package and your words of support and care! Being out here and having been away from my wife and 2 year old son for eight monthes, getting that package really made my day. It is good to know that people care what we are doing here, and that you would take the time to help is incredible. What a blessing! Please know that I am deeply thankful as are all the troops out here. Your thoughtfulness means a lot to all of us. Keep up the good work, you should all be proud of yourselves for your service to our great country.

Thank You,
SSgt. Paul M.


Hi Dylan,
I thought I would like to say JOB WELL DONE. I viewed your web site and it is fantastic. Thank you for all the work you are doing for all those soldiers, sailors and airman that are deployed here in the Middle East. It is because of individuals like you that you bring a little bit of home to us while we are here. It truly means a lot.

Thank you.
Lt. Col. C. R.


Thank you very much for the neat care package you sent us. Somethimes it seems we are forgotten over here but getting your package was like Christmas morning! We all shared the package, that is all the men and women who work with me here, and it was a super treat.

Thanks again for caring!
Lt. Col. Charles G.


I want to personally thank you for supporting us and starting an organization like Cape Cod Cares for our Troops.

We appreciate it more than you will know.
SSgt. Tom L.


Thank you so much for the package you sent me. What a great feeling it is to be appreciated and to know people back home CARE! It is my hope that in service to my country, good will prevail. I also want you to know that what you are doing matters.

I am proud to know you.
MSgt. D. B.


Thank you very much for your care package. You have no idea how nice that is, and how much it means. I shared the contents with my other soldiers and was appreciated by all.

Again thank you very much.
1st Lt. J. Fawcett


I want you to know that everything you sent me was and what you are doing means alot. Your support is very much appreciated and very comforting.



Thank you so much for your care package. It really made me feel like someone special. Here in Iraq, there are six of us on my team and I shared with them. They could not believe it was sent by a group of kids. Keep up the good work and thanks again for everything!

SFC. E. J.


I want to personally thank you for the care package that you sent me. Your generosity and support brought a tear to my eye! You are doing a wonderful job showing us your support, and I proudly salute you for your dedication and contributions.

A. Rodriquez


I want to thank you so much for the care package! That was so thoughtful. The whole idea is excellent. I am glad there are people out there that really care for our troops!









- May 1, 2007 -

James T. Conway
General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commandant of the Marine Corps
12 February 2007

Dear Dylan,

Many thanks for the ball cap and t-shirt you sent. I sincerely
appreciate your thoughfulness and your support.

I also want to thank you for all that you do for our deployed
Marines. I can't tell you how much it means to our military men and
women to get care packages and to know that they have the support of
people here at home. Your selfless dedication to helping others is truly
admirable and is in keeping with our Core Values.

Congratulations as well on graduating top of your Young Marines
class this past May. You are a remarkable young man, and I wish you
all the best for continued success.

Semper Fidelis

First Lieutenant Ryan Lynch U.S.M.C


Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops
P.O. Box # 1444 Harwich, MA. 02645
(774) 216-9052