My son is not usually on that ship but his helicopter squadron was flown out from Norfolk as they were deployed for the humanitarian mission. I would like to send a care package but have no idea if he will receive his mail using the Norfolk address.
Shoebuttons and Paula, I hope the kind words of so many eased the pain of the harsh words of "Lady Hamilton". I have been stung by her in the past. She appears to be a very intelligent woman, but very cold. I find it to be arrogant (and weird) to say that we shouldn't do a kindness for our sons (or other loved ones) on the Vinson (or any other ship in Haiti). They are there to help, and if we send care packages to our sailors it is the equivalent of refilling the gas tank to keep the machine running - the contacts from home just refill the tank of resilience so that they can continue to work 18 hour days doing difficult work. I have no shame for sending my son some goodies from home. By the way, if you go to Wikipedia and look up Lady Emma Hamilton, you may understand the N4M member better, or, like me, you may be even more puzzled about what she's all about. My feeling is, go ahead and be a mom and give to your son. I could be ignorant, but I doubt that the moms in Haiti are wishing that none of us would give a little something to our children who are there in Haiti doing what they can to help.
Just as long as you all know that most of your sailors are generous and open hearted when serving humanitarian missions; the contents of your packages are extremely likely to end up being given to the children and those in need. I learned to tuck small gifts and toothbrushes and such into my hubby's packages if I thought he'd be helping at an orphanage or with an evacuation. Made us both smile.
You know what Anti I agree 100% 99% of our military would give this but to have someone so rudly state that she hopes the womans son ... was just inconsiderate and ignorant. Not even just military, most people in general are good and caring. Hope everyone has a good w/e.