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~ 2010 Video Post Cards to the Troops ~


Army Thanks Cape Cod Cares for the Troops
December 5th, 2010

(left to right) Cynthia DesLauriers, Jon Lambrou, Pam DeSilva, Sgt. Burke, Michelle DeSilva
  Dave Gilmore, JD DeSilva, Dylan DeSilva, Major Regan, Major Koski


Thank you to everyone who participated in this event
YOU ALL helped to send 1,600 Christmas Care Packages
to our troops in Iraq & Afghanistan!

Trowbridge Tavern in Bourne, MA.
November 20th & 21st, 2010

Andrew Somerville - November 20th
Andrew Somerville of the Carver Boy Scout Troop 48 collected supplies for Cape Cod Cares for the Troops Christmas Care Packages. For his Eagle Scout Project, Andrew planned to collect 750lbs. of supplies at his local Walmart. His awesome dedication and hard work led him to collect 1850lbs of supplies for the care packages!

Dylan DeSilva and Andrew Somerville

Saturday November 13th
Thank you to Charlie at Cape Cod Harley-Davison in Pocassett, The Aerochix, James Montgomery, Ken Foster and his X-Grill, and all who participated . We received close to a $1,000.00 and  two full truckloads of care package supplies!

Aerochix "Live"

special guest James Montgomery

Sunday November 7th Hyannis, MA

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the event. Almost $7,000.00 was raise to help pay the cost for shipping the Christmas Care Packages. Thank you Chris Court and the Balls to the Wall Staff, you are amazing!



Sunday October 3, 2010

1st Annual "Bloody Mary Mix-Off"

The "Bloody Mary Mix-Off" held at the Trowbridge Tavern
raised a $1000.00 towards Christmas Care Packages.

Thank You to the owner of the Trowbridge Tavern Mary Ellen
and to all who participated!


September 28th, 2010

Nauset Rotary Club presents Dylan with the
"Student of the Month" award.

Mr. Piemontese, Dylan, and Mr. Conrad

September 26th, 2010

Luncheon at Dunbar's Tea Room
Cynthia Deslauries, Pamela Morse, Kae McGuire

Dylan receiving a BraveHeart Award
from MA. U.S. Senator Scott Brown

September 18th, 2010 - Wareham Crossing

The first annual Braveheart Awards honor everyday Heroes who have shown courage and compassion, bravely defying the odds to make a difference.


Race Raises Money to Send Care Packages Overseas

                                    CAPE COD TIMES....August 22, 2010

Since 2006, when Cynthia DesLauriers became the first Cape Cod mother to lose a son in the war against terrorism, she's gone through many phases.

"I'm OK. I'll never be anything but OK. I'll never be the same person I was," she said yesterday, as more than 150 people ran nine miles along the Cape Cod Canal to raise money to send care packages to troops in Afghanistan.

DesLauriers' 25-year-old son, Mark Vecchione, was killed when he jumped from his tank and fell on an improvised explosive device in Iraq.

"I went through a phase when I couldn't look at a father and a baby together," she said. During another phase, she stared longingly at the realistic baby dolls in stores and thought of buying one.

"But I thought they'd put me away if I did that," she said.

She keeps some of Vecchione's civilian clothes. His after-shave "is my aromatherapy," the Eastham woman said.

Since Vecchione's death, six men and one woman with Cape ties have also died in the war.

Many of their family members attended the second annual Canal Walk/Run for the Troops yesterday morning.

The event was expected to raise $10,000 for Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops, whose founder, Dylan DeSilva, 17, is about to enter a new phase in his young life.

The Brewster teenager started the organization when he was 12 years old and has since mobilized hundreds of volunteers and sent about 8,100 care packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Yesterday, he rose at 4:30 a.m. to help his mother, Michelle, get ready for the race.

Next year at this time, DeSilva expects to be in Parris Island, S.C., in basic training for the Marines.

"Even before I started the Care for the Troops thing, I've always wanted to join the military," said DeSilva, who will be a senior concentrating on auto body work at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich.

His grandfathers both served, but he seems self-motivated to help soldiers in combat and to become a Marine himself.

At age 12, he sat outside a Kmart at Christmastime and collected enough money and donations to send six care packages overseas, he said.

"We got so many letters back saying how much they appreciated them," he


Eight thousand packages and thousands of dollars later, the letters keep coming, giving DeSilva and adults who help him an up-close perspective on how lonely and lacking in clean socks, bug spray and gummy worms the young soldiers are.

"My son was in Afghanistan in 2007, and he got a package from Dylan," said Tom Lynch, of Sandwich. "He told me, 'This kid really knows what he's doing.'"

DeSilva learned from experience that certain items like candy, chips, coffee, T-shirts, socks and magazines are craved in Afghanistan's remote military bases. Soldiers can go without showers, decent food and even medical treatment for weeks, he said. So DeSilva adds to the packages several handwritten letters from schoolchildren for an emotionally nutritious punch.

"Just getting a care package from a perfect stranger, and a young one at that, it's overwhelming," Lynch said.

Not only did yesterday's event raise money for November's ambitious mailing of 1,500 Christmas care packages, which will cost about $40,000, Michelle DeSilva said, but it was an event that allows Gold Star families to be together, Lynch said. Relatives of nearly all of the fallen Cape soldiers attended yesterday, including Cindy and Ken Jones of Mashpee, who lost their son, Eric Jones, in October. They formed their own organization, Heroes in Transition, to help disabled veterans and support military families.

Jon Lambrou who has volunteered at every Dylan DeSilva-planned event said he's "stunned by everything about military families."

"These Gold Star families are thanking us, and they have sacrificed their sons and daughters for us," Lambrou said.

Kevin O'Farrell, who served in the Air Force, stands during the national anthem yesterday at the Canal Walk/Run for the Troops. "Sometimes, saying, 'Thank you,' is not enough; you have to do something," he said. "That's why I'm here."
(Cape Cod Times/Christine Hochkeppel)

New England Office Supply

A big THANK YOU to New England Office Supply in Braintree!
Employees held a donation drive during the month of July
They filled Michelle's SUV with supplies and over 100
letter to be placed in the care packages.

- August 10th, 2010 -



Vets Fish P-Town

On Saturday June 5th, Cape Cod Cares for the Troops was proud to partner
with Vets Fish P-town to provide a day of  fun and fishing for our Veterans and their families,
our Wounded Warriors, our Gold Star families and the families of those currently serving
in Iraq and Afghanistan. 



Monument Beach Sportsman's Club

On Friday June 4th the Monument Beach Sportsman's Club in Bourne
provided a great day at the range for Wounded Warrior units from VA and PA.
Events included the Riffle Range, Pistol Range, Archery, and Trapshooting.
Thank you to everyone at the Monument Beach Sportsman's Club.



6th Annual "Troops in the Spotlight"

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 6th Annual Troops in the Spotlight.
Over $24, 000. was raised and boxes & boxes of items were donated for care packages.
Thank you Kevin Matthews from WCOD, Representative Jeff Perry, Meghan Trainor, Suzanne Brosnan,
George Meservey and General Jimmy Dishner for participating in the Opening/Closing Ceremonies.
A special thank you to all of our military members who stood on the stage in one hour shifts for
24 hours.  You're our inspiration.

To our Gold Star Families of
SGT. Mark Vecchoine, SGT. Alexander Fuller, SSGT Alicia Berchett, SGT Zachary Tellier,
PFC Daniel McGuire, PFC Paul Conlon, CPL Nicholas Xiahros and CPT Eric Jones
we promise to never forget!

We appreciate the following businesses
~ for their generous support of  Troops in the Spotlight ~

Barnstable County Sheriff's Department
Outback Steakhouse
Trowbridge Tavern
A special thank you to our Military Recruiters
-Army National Guard
-Coast Guard
Col. Edward S. Graham -Association of the Army
Robert Childs, Inc.
Hole in One
Nauset Disposal
Bouse House
Ken Foster and the X Grill
Kmart - Hyannis
Thrifty Rentals - Orleans
United Rentals


~Thank you to the following who donated to the Support the Troops Raffle~

Aqua Sports
Laurie Barrett @ Salon 339
Best Buy
Cape Cod Central Railroad
Capt Elmers
Cynthia Deslauriers
Tim & Mary Harrington
Jailhouse Tavern
JP's Oceanside Grill
Napa Auto Parts
Olde Car Wash
Orleans Inn

The Skiff in Provincetown
Kathy & Donnie Stubstad
Yardarm Restaurant
Women's Workout Company



Fairfax County 911 Dispatch Center 
Tuesday April 20th, 2010

They  were presented a plaque for their support.
Over the last couple of years they have presented
Cape Cod Cares for the Troops over $5,000.00!


 Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Tuesday April 20th, 2010

Dylan speaks with a group of soldiers from the Wounded Warrior transition
unit and receives a standing ovation from the unit members.

They are an amazing group of soldiers who are working hard to over come
injuries they received while serving in Iraq and afghanistan.


~ April 12th ~
Saint Pius X School in Yarmouth, held "Operation Camo Sham" event for the troops.
Students grades 5-8 presented Dylan with 8 boxes of items they collected needed in care packages!



8,000th Care Package Sent
March 30th, 2010

The 8000th care package was sent to 1st Sgt. Patrick Burke of Yarmouth.
Dylan is joined by SSgt Wendy Burke and her boys. 

They added a few items to the care package that their dad had requested
1st Sgt Patrick Burke is serving a one year deployment in Afghanistan.

Harwich Post Office employee Alex is processing the 8000th care package.
All 8000 care packages have been sent from the Harwich Post Office.



March 5, 2010
WXTK's SPECTRUM host Judith Goetz
Interviews Dylan & Michelle DeSilva and Tom Lynch




Brewster Brownie Troop # 80724
March 8th, 2010

Brewster Brownies brought over 6 cases of cookies for care packages
and wrote support letters to be included in those care packages to the troops.



Gold Star Mom's working on Care Packages

Gold Star Moms - Kae McGuire, Cynthia Deslauries, and Pamela Morris
aided by SSgt. Coffey and his wife Crystal. They made 70+ candy bags
for the troops on February 27, 2010


Support Walk for our Troops
February 20, 2010

This was Tom Lynch's  3rd Annual 22 mile walk
for support of our Troops, Veterans, and Gold Star Families...

Tom Lynch puts up flags to mark the miles

Songs for the Troops
Saturday January 23, 2010

The Mashpee VFW put on "Songs for the Troops"
as a fund raiser for Cape Cod Cares for the Troops.

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