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“Mail Call for Our Heroes 2017”

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

While volunteering at Ground Zero in New York City in September 2001, I made a promise to a Marine that I would support our military the best I could from that day forward. Since that point in time I have sent care packages to over 150 service members & their units. None of this would have been possible without your financial support over the years or help writing words of encouragement & gratitude to those serving far away from home.

Our troops have expressed to me over and over again the importance of having their name called at “Mail Call”. It helps them cope with the distance between them & their loved ones and boosts morale. For that reason, I created “Mail Call for Our Heroes” in 2006. My goal is to have each service member have at least one piece of mail to open over the holidays (if not more).

 

WO1 Rachael Washburn O’Brien – Blackhawk Pilot 

Over the years I have been blessed beyond measure to get to know and become friends with some of the soldiers I have supported. This year “Mail Call for Our Heroes” is for two of those soldiers.  Last week I had the honor of attending Rachael’s mobilization ceremony in Oregon, which is when the above photo was taken. Telling her “until next time” was incredibly difficult for me. Her best friend, Erin has been in Afghanistan for a few months now.  Care packages will go to these two service members, as well as the Wounded Warrior hospital in Landstuhl, Germany & a Marine family based in Japan.

If you could once again help me by writing cards & letters, or making cards with your kids; that would be amazing! Please feel free to get your children’s schools, boy/girl scouts & clubs, senior citizens homes, churches, social clubs, and families involved. Having you and your loved ones express your thoughts & appreciation to our service members will make such a difference for them this holiday season. The troops love receiving the cards gathered from across the globe for them!

If you would like to contribute monetarily towards contents of the care packages or postage to ship them; these are the two ways to donate.

PayPal to: supportourheroes@live.com

Or send a check/money order to the address below.  Please keep in mind donations are NOT tax deductible as I do all this out of the kindness of my heart and do not want the hassle of becoming a non-profit.  Please know I cannot possibly send any packages without your donations or cards/letters & I will post photos & videos on social media to provide proof I am doing with your money what I have promised I will do with it.

The deadline for me to receive your cards/letters or donations is Veterans Day, 11 November, 2017. This will give me time to bake, purchase items to go in the care packages (Christmas trees, ornaments, decorations, holiday cheer), and put everything together so I can mail the packages so they arrive to their destinations before Christmas. Donations received after that date will still be sent – just may be after the holidays. (I do all of this between work trips at my full time job as a flight attendant).

The generosity of your time and desire to assist me with this project each year is overwhelming.  Thank you in advance for making “Mail Call for Our Heroes 2017” a success. My goal is to have none of our service members ever feel alone on the battlefield, or when they return home.

Always,

Robin

“The Sky Angel”

Robin Schmidt

PO Box 1494

Mercer Island, WA 98040

“Mail Call for Our Heroes 2016”

Friday, September 16th, 2016

“Mail Call for Our Heroes 2016″

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Wow, what a year this has been!  Sorry I have not blogged at all, but I have been caught up with life issues and using Facebook and other social media to keep everyone up to date.  With all the changes in my personal life, I am making some changes to this years “Mail Call for Our Heroes”. I do have to apologize that with moving so many times this year, I have not any idea where my photos are from last years care packages – so I am sharing ones from years prior.  Hope you don’t mind.  🙂

Since 2002 I have been ‘adopting’ troops serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn all over the globe. Our service members have expressed to me, over and over again, the importance of receiving mail and hearing their name called at Mail Call. It helps them to cope with the time away from their loved ones back home & having their name called at Mail Call.  For that reason, to uplift spirits and boost morale over the holidays, “The Sky Angel” is doing my tenth annual “Mail Call for Our Heroes”.

1SGT Miah Washburn recipient of “Mail Call for Our Heroes 2014”

This year “Mail Call for Our Heroes” is for a soldier and his unit that are deployed in Kuwait and the units they support that are deployed “downline”. I also will be sending Christmas decorations and surprises to a Marine EOD family that recently was sent to Japan for the next three years.  Additionally, as I do every year, I will send needed items to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center for the staff and our Wounded Warriors in Germany. You will also find me volunteering a bit more often at the SeaTac USO; beginning in late October & through the holidays … so please come look for me, if you are in the airport!

My goals: 1) To raise $$$$ for holiday care packages including Christmas trees with all the decorations, toiletries, homemade treats, clothing for our Wounded Warriors, goodies for our canine heroes, and postage to ship the care packages. 

2)  Collect individual cards, letters, or notes so each service member in each unit or at the hospitals will have a piece of mail to open over the holidays.

Having you and your loved ones express your thoughts to the service members in these units will make such a difference for them this holiday season. Please feel free to get your children’s schools, girl/boy scouts, senior citizens homes, churches, social clubs, and families involved!  The troops love receiving the cards gathered from across the world for them!!

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Santa arrived in Kuwait … via “Mail Call for Our Heroes 2013”

Please send donations (checks or money orders need to be payable to Robin Schmidt) to the address below. (Donations are not tax deductible as I do this out of the kindness of my heart and do not want the hassle of becoming a non-profit).  If you would like to make a donation online, you can do so via PayPal to the email address of: supportourheroes@live.com (or clicking on the donate button at the top of http://alwayssupportourheroes.com/what-to-send.html )

The deadline for me to receive any cards or letters to the troops, or cash donations need to be arrived in my mailbox no later than Veteran’s Day (11 November 2016) to ensure they arrive overseas before Christmas.  Any items received after the deadline will still be sent and appreciated (I just cannot guarantee the care packages will arrive before Christmas).

Please take note: This year I will not be accepting any actual items for the care packages, other than the cards or letters made or written.  There will be a baking day at some point in November, to send homemade treats to those deployed.  Since my living situation has changed, I need to take on a new approach. My commitment remains the same as it has since I started this project a decade ago:  to always support our valiant heroes, so none of them ever feel along on the battlefield, or when they return home.

Thank you in advance for making a huge difference through your generous donations and participation in “Mail Call for Our Heroes 2016″. 

Making Christmas Wishes ...

Believing in the magic of Christmas for our valiant heroes!

Always,

Robin

“The Sky Angel”

Robin Schmidt ~ PO Box 16796 ~ Seattle, WA 98116

for Fed Ex or UPS: 4412 California Ave SW #16796, Seattle, WA 98116

“Mail Call for Our Heroes 2015”

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

“Mail Call for Our Heroes 2015″

Since 2002 I have been ‘adopting’ troops serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn all over the globe. Our service members have expressed to me, over and over again, the importance of receiving mail and hearing their name called at Mail Call. It helps them to cope with the time away from their loved ones back home & having their name called at Mail Call.  For that reason, to uplift spirits and boost morale over the holidays, “The Sky Angel” is doing my ninth annual “Mail Call for Our Heroes”.

1SGT Miah Washburn recipient of “Mail Call for Our Heroes 2014”

 

This year “Mail Call for Our Heroes” is for four different soldiers and their units, who are currently serving in Kuwait, Japan, Korea.  We still have troops being deployed to Afghanistan although the media states otherwise.  One of my friends is deploying to the Horn of Africa in November and will be receiving packages as well.

My goals: 1) To raise enough $$$$ for holiday care packages including Christmas trees with all the decorations, toiletries, food, homemade treats, clothing for our Wounded Warriors, goodies for our canine heroes, and postage to ship everything collected.  Care packages will also be going to the Wounded Warriors and hospital staff at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

2) 4,000 individual cards, letters, or notes so each service member in each unit or at the hospitals will have a piece of mail to open over the holidays.

Having you and your loved ones express your thoughts to the service members in these units will make such a difference for them this holiday season. Please feel free to get your children’s schools, girl/boy scouts, senior citizens homes, churches, social clubs, and families involved!  The troops love receiving the cards gathered from across the world for them!!

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Santa arrived in Kuwait … via “Mail Call for Our Heroes 2013”

Please send donations (checks should be payable to Robin Schmidt) to the address below. (Donations are not tax deductible as I do this out of the kindness of my heart and do not want the hassle of becoming a non-profit).  If you would like to make a donation online, you can do so via PayPal to the email address of: supportourheroes@live.com (or clicking on the donate button at the top of http://alwayssupportourheroes.com/what-to-send.html )

The deadline for me to receive any items you want to donate for the care packages themselves; including cards or letters to the troops, contents for packages, or cash donations need to be arrived in my mailbox no later thanVeterans Day (11 November 2015) to ensure they arrive overseas before Christmas.  Any items received after the deadline will still be sent and appreciated.

Every year our troops have been ecstatic with how much I was able to send because of the generosity of everyone who got involved. It was absolutely AMAZING to see how many people came together from the far reaches of earth, to take care of all the units my friends and I supported last year over the holidays and the special treatment we were able to extend to the National Guard unit from Oregon; that was serving in Afghanistan.

Thank you in advance for making a huge difference through your generous donations and participation in “Mail Call for Our Heroes 2015”, so none of our valiant heroes serving ever feel alone on the battlefield, or when they return home.

Always,

Robin

“The Sky Angel”

Robin Schmidt ~ PO Box 16796 ~ Seattle, WA 98116

for Fed Ex or UPS: 4412 California Ave SW #16796, Seattle, WA 98116

September 11, 2001 Remembrance

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
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Kristina and I in Iceland, August 2015

This blog was originally written on September 11, 2012.  There have been significant changes in my life since the time of it’s writing.  The most important being my health.  In 2013 I was finally diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); which put me on the proper path to being able to manage the daily migraines that you all have come to know as “Throb”.  (That proverbial elephant that has sat on my head for longer than 4 years now).

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As you read below, you will see that every year I do something significant on September 11th and the reasons why.  This year I will once again be doing my FAA recertification (known as CQ) as a gift to myself on this important day in my life.  It will mark the second year anniversary of me returning back to work; after the 28 months of being on disability.

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Sometimes I wonder why certain things have to happen to certain people.  Rarely have I asked “why me?” because I truly believe beyond any shadow of a doubt, everything happens for a reason.  I know there is a reason my life was spared on September 11, 2001 (and that of my friends).  I know there are reasons I have gone through financial and physical hardships; and I know that God is using me – regardless of my circumstances.

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Since 2002, I have now sent care packages or supported 144 service members and their units; with the help of many of you reading this.  Thank you for your continued support over the years in making a difference for them; but just as importantly – for believing in me as a human being.

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There is nothing in the world more important to me than my faith; and nothing more valuable in life than knowing I have made a difference.  Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to touch your soul in some way … and may this post fill you with hope that out of darkness comes a magnificent light.

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I am living proof.

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Always,

Robin

“The Sky Angel”

Robin Schmidt

PO Box 16796

Seattle, WA 98116

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Every year since September 11th, 2001, I have done something “special” to commemorate the day.  Sometimes it was volunteering at Habitat, others it was traveling to far away places with dear friends.  This year, as God would have it, I found myself alone, trying to finally grapple with the memories that flooded me unexpectedly.  Many of you may not know my story, but it is one of miracles through tragedy.  And today, I feel the need to share my thoughts, feelings, and emotions, so you will have an opportunity to see who I am, and why I am the way I am.

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You see, 11 years ago four of my friends met me in New York City on September 10th, so we could go to Egypt the following day on vacation.  None of the people had met one another, and I was the link for all of us joining together.  Three of us were flight attendants, one worked for Phillips Arena, and the other was/is a firefighter for the city of Orlando. (4 females, one male).   The night of the 10th, I remember it raining, and us not wanting to travel far from the Pan American hotel on Queens Boulevard.  So, we went to a little Italian restaurant, to get to know one another a little better, and make plans for the following day.

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We all agreed to wake up at 7am, get ready quickly, and be out the door and on the subway at 8am.  Our first stop would be the Windows of the World, so everyone who had not been to New York City could see the view from “the top”.  From there, we planned to go to Canal street to pick up any last minute items for our trip to Egypt.  Then we would take the subway back to the hotel, finish getting ready, and go to JFK for our flight.  What I am writing now is from my perspective and memories, and may not be exactly the same as my other friends remember.  Emotions and time may have altered things a bit, but I do know that it affected each of us profoundly, and differently.

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As I write this, it is as though the event occurred yesterday.  Every single one of us woke up 1/2 an hour late.  So we were rushing to get out the door.  Kristina and I were the last two getting ready in the bathroom, telling everyone to calm down and we would be done shortly.  🙂  I told Janeen to turn on her favorite tv show as a joke, knowing she would be watching CNN.  It wasn’t but just a few minutes when I heard a tone in her voice that I will never forget, which was “Oh my God”.  Not knowing what she was talking about, I went into the room to ask what was wrong.  She pointed at the television and said “a plane just hit the World Trade Center”.  My response was that it was probably a small Cessna, and don’t worry, we would be leaving to head that way soon.  (brains don’t always connect dots immediately).

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I do know that Eric and Beth immediately were in the hallway, watching what was happening from the big picture window.  At the time there were not trees to block our view, and I cannot tell you who of my friends actually watched the second plane hit the towers.  But I know at least two or three of them did.  I know I watched it happen on the news.  Immediately my disaster and emergency training went into gear and I called immediately to get us a rental car as an escape route out of town.  We had come from Atlanta, Orlando, and California.

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My memories from what happened next, are that all five of us were at that big window; each of us watching in astonishment as the Towers crumbled before our very eyes.  I kept asking if this was some kind of movie that no one told us about and if Arnold Schwartzenager was going to come and save the day.  The sky went from a completely clear sky, to dark in moments.   It was so surreal, that I could not believe what was actually happening before my very eyes.  And yet, deep in my soul, I wanted to go and help.  But I had my four friends to think about, and I knew we needed to get out of dodge.

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As moments passed, we realized we would not be able to go anywhere for a while.  Everything was shut down.  I know that at some point one of my friends (I have no idea which one) and I decided to go find a store that was open nearby, to get us food for the day.  All we could find nearby was a Chinese grocery store open.  I remember us buying beer and grapes.  Isn’t that funny?  The little details of what I remember, but I could not tell you anything else that was purchased.

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But as we were walking to and from the grocery store, I remember people running from downtown Manhattan (only 3 miles away) covered in ash.  The expressions on their faces was sheer horror.  I remember buses driving past with people hanging out the windows, just to be able to fit as many people in as possible.  They all had that same look of fear and horror in their eyes.  I did not choose to take any pictures that day, except of us in our hotel room.  To this day, I cannot tell you where those pictures are.
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After returning from the grocery store, Janeen and I went to get the car from La Guardia airport.  I remember walking onto Queens Blvd and taxis driving by with no people in them.  None of them would stop.  So I literally walked in the middle of the street and stood in front of a cab until it had no choice but to either stop, or run me over.  The driver refused to take us to the airport, telling me “are you insane? The airport is closed and I am not taking you anywhere”.  I told him “you can either take us there, or let me drive the car and I will take us myself.  We will not get out of your vehicle.”  There were a lot of experlative words spoken, but finally he took us.
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When we got to Avis (the only rental car agency at the time that was not charging a “drop fee”, the person at the counter proceeded to tell us they were all out of vehicles.  I remember arguing (more swear words) that I had a reservation and he needed to get his manager to the facility or on the phone.  I basically told the manager that I had gotten a reservation hours prior and if he didn’t have a vehicle for us, he could happily give me the keys to his own car.  Ironically, the next thing I knew, there was a mini van for us to drive off the lot.
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We made it back to the hotel, to find so many people in the lobby trying to get information and find rooms.  People were standing in line at the pay phone to try to get out.  None of us had computers because we were traveling to Egypt, and cell phone service was sporadic, at best.  We already had five people in our room, so there wasn’t room for more.  That is where we huddled, trying to distract one another by playing cards or anything else we could think of.  I don’t remember much about the hotel after that.

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The following morning, once the only bridge out of town was open, we left.  It was still dark outside.  I remember that we had to drive closer to Manhattan in order to get out of town.  I believe it was the Tapanzee bridge or tunnel we had to go through or over.  But what I remember most from that day was the smoke and the smell.  Hard to describe, but one I will never forget.  The ride over the bridge was surreal as well.  We were driving out of the city as the sun came up, and through the smoke we saw a military convoy going the other direction ~ toward downtown.  I knew in an instant we were going to war.  Eric kept saying he wanted to stay, but he felt a sense of responsibility to get us girls back home safely.  I wanted desperately to go and help as well, but I felt so guilty for having put my friends in harms way, that I had to get them back home.  It was difficult because Kristina had come from California and as the day progressed, we learned all flights had been cancelled.  We tried to get her a rental car from various cities, but there were none to be found.

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We found ourselves on conference calls through our job as flight attendants, trying to get updates.  I don’t remember much of the drive, other than our only outlet was stopping at the Hershey Factory in Pennsylvania for a distraction.  I know it was an extremely difficult time for each of us, lost in our own thoughts.  Once we arrived in Atlanta, Kristina took the rental vehicle and drove to California by herself.  It was so hard, because we were all so exhausted and I just wanted her to rest a while before the drive.  I would have gone with her.  But I just couldn’t function from the shock and exhaustion.  I don’t know how she made that drive alone, but I know she needed and was committed to getting back to her family.

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We all react in our own ways.  Mine was “how can I help?”.  I volunteered at the Operational Control Center, helping to get a hold of our flight crews that were in international destinations, making sure they had transportation to get to a city where they would be able to travel once flights were back in the air.  Many crews had gone to various locations on their own, and we knew that the FAA would only allow particular airports, with the appropriate security, to come back into the USA once flights were lifted.  I was just happy to be helping in some way or another, and talking to people who were all over the globe, wondering what was happening back in America found relief in having that phone connection with us.

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Once flights began again, I did “emergency flying” for only a day.  Then everyone figured out I was on my vacation time and told me to go home and rest.  What I did, was go home, pack my suitcase, get my laptop, and get on the first flight to New York City.  ( Every day that I as there, I did a journal as a Word Document on my computer.  The problem was that when I returned, my laptop crashed, and I lost everything that was on my hard drive.  It was just meant to be that certain memories were only to be locked in my mind, and not specifically etched in stone forever  That is why you are getting only what I remember now.)

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When I landed, I got a free cab ride from the airport (yes, in NYC!) to the Red Cross and said “I have disaster management training through my job, two hands, a willing heart, and will do anything you want me to do”.  I know I didn’t have a place to stay and that was going to be an issue at some point.  But I really believed God had called me to “COME” and there was no turning back.  He would provide … after all, He had just saved my life.

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Initially I had gone to the Red Cross on Amsterdam Avenue.  They tried to give me keys to a van (I had never driven in New York, nor did I know the streets AT ALL) and told me to go to the Hard Rock Cafe to pick up food, to take to Ground Zero for the Respitz Center where all the workers were still looking for survivors.  I laughed and said “I don’t mind doing that, but you need to give me a driver”.  It was so weird, being in the City at that time.  I had stayed with Janeen’s cousin for two nights in Jersey. But that wasn’t working and I needed a place to stay.  I also had found out that I had to go to the Red Cross center in Brooklyn, to get an ID so I could volunteer and go to Ground Zero.

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As I walked down the hallway to get my ID, I saw a man in a firefighter shirt, giving someone a massage in one of those chairs.  I asked if he could do that to me.  He told me to come back after getting my ID.  After introducing ourselves to one another, he asked how long I would be in town.  I told him “I don’t really know, because I don’t have a place to stay”.  He literally had spoken to me for three minutes.  He picked up his phone and said “hey Ang, it’s Jimmy.  I’m here with my good friend, Robin, the flight attendant.  She came up to help out my “brothers” and she needs a place to stay.  Sure, we will be there at 8.”.  We both volunteered all day, and he drove me to Jersey to get my luggage.  From there, he took me to an angel on earth.

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Angie had/has a one bedroom apartment on Roosevelt Island.  That island had been cut off from society for three entire days, and she was thankful to have someone to talk to.  I was incredibly grateful to have a place to stay, because it meant I could stay ~ which I did for 18 days.  Angie would take no payment, she just kept saying “this is my way of helping”.

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I volunteered at the Family Assistance Center and Ground Zero, going between the two.  Until one day on the subway, I overheard a family member say to the person sitting next to them “you know, it was the flight attendants fault.  They were submissive and gave in to the terrorists.”  I began to cry uncontrollably, but didn’t say a word.  When I got to what was referred to as the FAC, I told them that I could not help the families any longer.  It was a conflict of interest for me, and I would better be of service at Ground Zero.  It upset me for a very long time that anyone could think or feel that way about the flight crews who were trained to save lives, and it took years of counseling for me to get over the fact that everyone reacts to things in a different way.

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But to be honest, my true colors came out at Ground Zero.  There I served meals to the firefighters, police officers, steel workers, military personnel, OSHA, FBI, and every other agency that was there.  Along with every other volunteer, we tried to encourage those people just get a little bit of rest.  But more than anything, they just wanted to keep looking for survivors.  And in picking up their plates after meals, they began to talk to me about what was going on in their own minds.

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I will never forget the stories like a Fire Chief telling me how just a few months prior, they had a camping trip with his “guys” and their kids.  He retold his memories of them all sitting around the fire telling stories, and cried in my arms as he said he could not believe all of those children were going to grow up without their dads.  He just happened to not be on shift that morning. That conversation ended with him telling me “thank you for showing up”.

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Someone from the CIA had come in after an entire day at what was known as “the pile”.  He told me that day they had decided to start issuing death certificates because they knew they would not find any more survivors.  The only that had been saved were two or three fire fighters and a woman I think who was named Geraldine, in the very beginning.  He asked me “how do I tell a family member that their loved one is dead, when there is not any DNA or proof”?  I told him the story of my mom dying in a car accident in 1996.  How I never got to see her body or tell her goodbye.  How even though my sister had told me she had identified my mom from a lock of her hair (she was bandaged everywhere), that I personally had previously struggled because I never saw for myself.  I never had any proof.  And for almost a year afterward, I wondered if I would get a phone call from my mom, telling me she was alive and there had been a mistake.  I understood what it was like to not have closure. It is a difficult thing to process.  He also ended his conversation with “thank you for being here … thank you for showing up” as tears flowed from both of us.

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Another day at Ground Zero I was talking to a Marine who had been working the “pile” and I said “we are going to war, aren’t we?”.  He replied “yes”.  And in that conversation I made a commitment to him that I would do everything I could to support our troops while they were deployed.

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A chain of events a few months afterward, with me meeting a soldier on a military charter gave me my first opportunity.  Since that point in time, I have “adopted” (written letters, cards, postcards, and sent care packages to 119 service members) through their deployments.

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What was the most tragic event next to Pearl Harbor in US history, turned out to be the most life changing and beautiful experience for me.  I have always been one to do things for others and put people before myself.  However, I learned through volunteering in this situation, that my life had a much bigger purpose.  I learned that me “showing up” actually mattered.

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It was life changing for me.  I stayed for 18 days, working the midnight to 8am shift.  Angie would get out of bed, and I would roll in and take it over for a few hours before heading back out again. She became like a second mom to me over the years, with her life coaching, mentoring, and unconditional love.  She has helped me to process my feelings and find new ways to think about life events.  If any of you ever meet her, you will agree that she is truly an earth angel.

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There is much I can say about September 11, 2001 and the months that I went back and forth to volunteer afterward.  But what I want to share the most, is that thousands of people died between New York City, the Pentagon, and on an airplane full of heroes in Pennsylvania.  Many more have died in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I don’t care whether you believe in the war or not, because I care about our troops who are following orders and doing what they can to keep the enemy from striking us on US soil again.  Others have come home with deep wounds that can and cannot be seen.  Honor them, help them any way you can.

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Reach out to our firefighters, police officers, first responders, humanitarians, flight crews, and people you would normally take for granted ~ like the people who will save your life when needed on an airplane.  Why?  Because they each made career choices to put themselves in harms way, in order to protect you from harm.

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As for me, I have learned that I am truly a humanitarian at heart.  Not only am I willing to travel to the ends of the earth to help those in need, I am my happiest when I am living my life with the purpose of sharing Gods love.  Maybe that is through a kind gesture, or a smile.  Maybe it is simply by me “showing up” when someone is in need.

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Many of you know this has been a difficult 16 months for me, but God is teaching me much in this time with “Throb”.  Some of you have suggested that maybe it was my time in NY that caused this head pain to start.  Who knows?  Only my Creator truly knows … and each day I am getting stronger and I know my purpose is still being fulfilled.  Even if it is by me sharing my experiences, so each of you can learn from them.

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Every day I thank God for the gift of life He has given me … and I know He has tremendous plans.  And although there are times that I feel deep and gut wrenching pain for the lives that have been lost on that day, or my loved ones that have passed through the years; it just shows me how big my heart is.  It is a heart full of love for my fellow man and all humans everywhere.

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No matter who we are, our lives have purpose … I encourage you to find what makes your heart happy … and live your passion.  Today, I ask only one thing of you.  No matter what your religious belief, take time to thank your Creator for the life you have been given.  Allow yourself to look in the mirror and smile at the reflection … knowing you are loved beyond all comprehension.  Take it from someone who has gone through hell and back here on earth, and years of counseling to know …the greatest gift we can give one another, is that of our heart.  After all, if I hadn’t overslept 1/2 hour late, eleven years ago, I wouldn’t be around to tell you what a miracle life is …

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Always,

Robin

“The Sky Angel”

September 11, 2012

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“Birthday in a Box 2015”

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
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Birthday fun for our deployed heroes

Extra, Extra … read all about it!!! Did you know this is my birthday month?  And with my schedule I completely forgot to post this blog about wanting to ask for a very special gift?  Care packages for our deployed heroes, of course!!!

It’s my birthday month … and time for “birthday in a box” for our deployed troops. If you would like to send any party items (like balloons, cups, beads, silly hats, party favors, plates, feather boas, board or card games, etc) that I can include in the contents, that would be fantastic. Also, it goes without saying, but I really need money for postage to send the items donated or I pick up in my travels.

This is something I have enjoyed doing over the years and the troops really love getting cake mixes, candles, and frosting and everything to help them celebrate my birthday with them.  :)    (they also are still needing scarves, hats, and items to stay warm … it is very cold in Afghanistan right now!!)

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Everything needed for a birthday party in a war zone …

“Birthday in a Box” is my way of uplifting our troops morale after the holidays.  Sending toys, games, pillows, twin size sheets, and of course my homemade fudge always warms their hearts and tummies.  This also is sent in conjunction with Valentine’s Day, so cards from your children, local schools, or you, are also welcome.  (As well as any fudge or cookies you want to make!!)

Please send anything you want me to include (and checks for postage) to:

Robin Schmidt

PO Box 16796

Seattle, WA 98116

Can’t wait to see what you all come up with to help make this a success.  I will be shipping to Afghanistan and Kuwait on 3Feb 2014; so I need your donations received no later than 31Jan 2014. (Definitely want to give everyone time to be a part of the fun, while making sure Miah and Brad receive the items in time for Valentine’s Day!!!).

If you want to PayPal money for this, you can do so to:  suppourtourheroes@live.com

(if you need a street address to ship items that you are ordering from a website, please let me know …)

Thanks so much for being a part of something fun to continue in my efforts of never allowing any of our valiant heroes to feel alone on the battlefield, and know they have someone to turn to when they return “home”. 

 

Always,
Robin

“The Sky Angel”

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Rachael’s birthday in a box and Tigger, too; from 2012

“Mail Call for Our Heroes 2014”

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
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The “Crusaders” – 2013

“Mail Call for Our Heroes”

2014

Since 2002 I have been ‘adopting’ troops serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn all over the globe. Our service members have expressed to me, over and over again, the importance of receiving mail and hearing their name called at Mail Call. It helps them to cope with the time away from their loved ones back home & having their name called at Mail Call.  For that reason, to uplift spirits and boost morale over the holidays, “The Sky Angel is doing my eighth annual “Mail Call for Our Heroes”.

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Can’t wait to see Miah’s smile when he receives “Mail Call for Our Heroes 2014” and gets to play Santa for the soldiers in his unit 🙂

This year “Mail Call for Our Heroes” is for 1SG Miah Washburn and the other soldiers in the US Army National Guard Unit (Bravo Company, 2-162 IN) from Oregon, who are currently serving in Afghanistan. My goals: 1) To raise enough $$$$ for holiday care packages including Christmas trees with all the decorations, toiletries, food, homemade treats, clothing for our Wounded Warriors, a gift for each member of Miah’s unit, goodies for our canine heroes, and postage to ship everything collected.  Care packages will also be going to various other units I have been supporting, as well as the Combat Surgical Hospital in Afghanistan, along with items for the Wounded Warriors and hospital staff at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

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“Mail Call for Our Heroes 2013”

2) 4,000 individual cards, letters, or notes so each service member in each unit or at the hospitals will have a piece of mail to open over the holidays.

Having you and your loved ones express your thoughts to the service members in these units will make such a difference for them this holiday season. Please feel free to get your children’s schools, girl/boy scouts, senior citizens homes, churches, social clubs, and families involved!  The troops love receiving the cards gathered from across the world for them!!

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Santa arrived in Kuwait … via “Mail Call for Our Heroes 2013”

Please send donations (checks should be payable to Robin Schmidt) to the address below. (Donations are not tax deductible as I do this out of the kindness of my heart and do not want the hassle of becoming a non-profit).  If you would like to make a donation online, you can do so via PayPal to the email address of: supportourheroes@live.com (or clicking on the donate button at the top of http://alwayssupportourheroes.com/what-to-send.html )

The deadline for me to receive any items you want to donate for the care packages themselves; including cards or letters to the troops, contents for packages, or cash donations need to be arrived in my mailbox no later than

Veterans Day (11 November 2014) to ensure they arrive overseas before Christmas.  Any items received after the deadline will still be sent and appreciated.

Every year our troops have been ecstatic with how much I was able to send because of the generosity of everyone who got involved. It was absolutely AMAZING to see how many people came together from the far reaches of earth, to take care of all the units my friends and I supported last year over the holidays and the special treatment we were able to extend to “The Crusaders”.

Thank you in advance for making a huge difference through your generous donations and participation in “Mail Call for Our Heroes 2014”, so none of our valiant heroes serving ever feel alone on the battlefield, or when they return home.

Always,

Robin

“The Sky Angel”

Robin Schmidt ~ PO Box 16796 ~ Seattle, WA 98116

for Fed Ex or UPS: 4412 Californian Ave SW #16796, Seattle, WA 98116

Special request for our Wounded Warriors …

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen ~

 

This is a very special request as it touches my heart in a very deep way.  One of the things that has given me strength the past few years, was remembering the Wounded Warriors I have met in hospital rooms from Bethesda, Brooke Army Medical Center, Walter Reed, Balboa, and Landstuhl.  The sacrifices that have been made for our freedoms are tremendous.  Never will I forget being asked “does it bother you that I have no legs or an arm, or that I have a scar from my shoulder to my pelvis?”  My response was “I didn’t even notice, I was too busy admiring the hero looking at me”.  Every time I have spent time with our Wounded Warriors, my life has been impacted in a significant way.

 

That is why, when I was asked to help collect items for the WIVES of our WOUNDED WARRIORS I said I would write this blog and ask for help from the public at large, to make this project a huge success.  What we need are lightly used (or new) and in good condition from the following list; for the wives to wear at the Wounded Warrior Ball.  All colors, shapes, and sizes.  🙂

 

* Shoes

* Jewelry

* Long or short dresses

* Nice pants

* Dressy tops

Next week I have a layover in San Diego, so I would like to hand deliver any of the above items to my friend, Lori, who asked for my help.  If you live in the Seattle area, please contact me to make arrangements for me to collect any of the above from you.  (no later than 24July for a face to face meeting or me to pick up in person).

 

If you cannot make that deadline or you live out of the area, you can either ship directly to me at: Robin Schmidt, PO Box 16796, Seattle, WA 98116 or email me at supportourheroes@live.com for me to respond to you with an address you can ship the items to in San Diego.  Additionally, if any of you would like to make a monetary donation so Lori and I can pick up items at consignment stores, you can do so via PayPal to: supportourheroes@live.com .

The deadline for any items to be received for this project is no later than 24August, 2014 as I have to make sure Lori has everything in the San Diego area before the Wounded Warrior Ball.  This morning I found two dresses in my closet to donate and will be going through my shoes later today.  What do you have in YOUR closets that you don’t ever wear??? (Men, if you have a wife or girlfriend that take up two closets with their clothes, could you encourage them to look and see if there is ANYTHING they can donate to this worthwhile cause??? Thank you!!!)

Long and short dresses for the Wives of our Wounded Warriors

Long and short dresses for the Wives of our Wounded Warriors

 

Thank you in advance for your kind donation, and please keep in mind it is not tax deductible and this is simply a way to help the wives of our Wounded Warriors.  The least we can give them and their brave husbands; is a beautiful outfit to wear to the Wounded Warrior Ball.   May you be blessed immensely for all you do to help me support the troops.

 

Always,

Robin

“The Sky Angel”

New mailing address for “The Sky Angel”

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

As the seasons have changed, so has my life.  One HUGE event was me to moving closer to the airport.  Having sent eight care packages to our valiant heroes earlier this week; I want to make sure you update your records with the following information when helping with my commitment to make a difference in the world.

 

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If sending United States Postal Service:

Robin Schmidt

PO Box 16796

Seattle, WA 98116

 

If sending Fed Ex or UPS:

Robin Schmidt

4412 California Ave SW #16796

Seattle, WA 98116

 

Please keep in mind this is NOT my physical address and is only a location to accept mail or packages.  If you ever want to make a donation towards care packages and would like to do it online, please log on to PayPal and send to:

supportourheroes@live.com

 

Thanks so very much for your continued prayers, support, and all the smiles you help me bring to others.

 

http://alwayssupportourheroes.com

 

Always,

Robin

“The Sky Angel”

 

PS.  The www.adoptahero.us  website is back up and running, so feel free to share it with anyone you know who wants to adopt their own service member.

People Magazine, January 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Birthday in a Box 2014”

Friday, January 10th, 2014

The Sky Angel with “Birthday in a Box 2013” contents …

It’s my birthday month … and time for “birthday in a box” for our deployed troops. If you would like to send any party items (like balloons, cups, beads, silly hats, party favors, plates, feather boas, board or card games, etc) that I can include in the contents, that would be fantastic. Also, it goes without saying, but I really need money for postage to send the items donated or I pick up in my travels.

This is something I have enjoyed doing over the years and the troops really love getting cake mixes, candles, and frosting and everything to help them celebrate my birthday with them.  :)    (they also are still needing scarves, hats, and items to stay warm … it is very cold in Afghanistan right now!!)

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Everything needed for a birthday party in a war zone …

“Birthday in a Box” is my way of uplifting our troops morale after the holidays.  Sending toys, games, pillows, twin size sheets, and of course my homemade fudge always warms their hearts and tummies.  This also is sent in conjunction with Valentine’s Day, so cards from your children, local schools, or you, are also welcome.  (As well as any fudge or cookies you want to make!!)

Please send anything you want me to include (and checks for postage) to:

Robin Schmidt

PO Box 449

Mercer Island, WA 98040

Can’t wait to see what you all come up with to help make this a success … deadline to ship to me would be 5 February 2013 (want to give everyone time to be a part of the fun, while balancing this project with working a full time flight schedule).

If you want to PayPal money for this, you can do so to:  suppourtourheroes@live.com

(if you need a street address to ship items that you are ordering from a website, please let me know …)

Thanks so much for being a part of something fun to continue in my efforts of never allowing any of our valiant heroes to feel alone on the battlefield, and a reminder that people care back “home”.

 

Always,
Robin

“The Sky Angel”

Rachael’s Birthday in Afghanistan

“Mail Call for Our Heroes 2013”

Monday, October 14th, 2013

“Mail Call for Our Heroes 2013”

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The Marines of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing G-1 … recipients of “Mail Call for Our Heroes” 2013

(notice behind the smiles the amazing wallpaper of cards and letters sent to them for the holidays along with the Christmas decorations! 🙂 )

Since 2002 I have been ‘adopting’ troops serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn all over the globe. Our service members have explained to me over and over again, the importance of receiving mail to help them cope with the time away from their loved ones back home. In an effort to uplift spirits and boost morale over the holidays, “The Sky Angel” is doing my sixth annual “Mail Call for Our Heroes”.

My goal: To raise $5,000 for holiday care packages (including Christmas trees with all the decorations, calling cards for the troops to use while the transition from country to country and don’t have access to the internet, and so much more!) for service the various units I am currently supporting in  Afghanistan, Kuwait, & Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.  The money raised will also include the cost of postage to get the items to our deployed troops and care packages throughout the year if there is any extra. 🙂

The second aspect of this project, is to collect 4,000 individual cards, letters, or notes so each service member in each unit I am supporting will have a piece of mail to open over the holidays. It would be wonderful for you to express your thoughts to any of the service members in these units, so they feel a little less lonely as they serve our country far away from their loved ones. Please get your children’s schools, girl/boy scouts, senior citizens homes, churches, social clubs, and families involved!

To be a part of this special project for our heroes away from home, please send donations (checks should be payable to Robin Schmidt) to the address below. If you would like to use a credit card or make a donation online, you can do so via PayPal to the email address of supportourheroes@live.com (or clicking on the donate button at the top of http://www.alwayssupportourheroes.com/what-to-send.html  ) .

Every year our troops have been ecstatic with how much I was able to send because of the generosity of everyone who got involved.  It was absolutely AMAZING to see how many people came together from the far reaches of earth, to take care of our Marines of 3rd Aircraft Wing G-1 last year.  In August 2013 we threw a “Welcome Home” party for this unit, and each Marine shared with us how much those random acts of kindness meant to them and all those they shared with “down range”.   This was my first “welcome home” party for a unit my friends and I adopted, and one of the most magnificent experiences of my life.  Thank you so much for your continued participation and donations to make a difference for our deployed troops.

This year my AMAZING friends and I are supporting the Combat Surgical Hospital in Afghanistan, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany (which includes the  staff as well as our Wounded), an Army unit at Camp Eggers, a Marine unit also in Afghanistan, and the “Crusaders”  of the  United States Army unit from Ft. Carson, Colorado who recently deployed to Kuwait.  If you write cards for a specific place, please somehow indicate that on your package to me.

The office of our deployed Marines during the holidays …

This year the project got a late start, as I have been busy since receiving my medical release that returned me to work in September. Now I am asking each of you for your help in making it all come to fruition ~ quickly. All of this has to be balanced between commuting to New York City from Seattle for work and devoting off time in the next month to this project for the holidays.  J  The deadline for me to receive any items you want to donate for the care packages themselves; including cards to the troops, contents for packages, or cash donations need to be delivered to me in person or arrive in my mailbox no later than Veterans Day (11 November 2013).

My goal is for none of our troops ever feel alone on the battlefield, or when they return home.  Thanks SO much for helping to make sure that never happens by making a difference for our valiant heroes through being a part of my project “Mail Call for Our Heroes 2013”!!

Always,

Robin

“The Sky Angel”

Robin Schmidt ~ PO Box 449 ~ Mercer Island, WA 98040