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Farmers send two tons of Kona Coffee to troops in Afghanistan, Iraq
By News Release @ 3:49 PM :: 8722 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

From Gathering of Eagles Hawaii

I would like to thank you for your support and participation in the effort to keep continuous shipments of freshly roasted and often, freshly ground 100% Kona coffee going out to our Hawaii based Soldiers , Sailors , Airmen and Marines in 2010.  This was the 3rd Year of the running of this project.

In 2010 Kona Coffee farmers donated 1089lbs of Kona coffee.  Also during 2010 GOE project friends and supporters donated $4875 for postage costs and other coffee related supplies and brewing equipment, with $878 still in the HI GOE acct. for postage and supplies.

Finally, I have to report, we actually might have lost a few boxes in 2010…..

A U.S.M.C helicopter squadron contact in AFG failed to report that they were leaving and a shipment of 10 boxes hit their postal cut-off date (set approx 1 month out from return date- U.S.)  He reported receiving 3 or 4 boxes , another 3 or four made it back here , and several remained unaccounted for.  The 3 or 4 boxes that made it back to Hawaii were immediately flipped around and sent to the Special Forces folks down in the Philippines. So all was not lost. 

During 2010 most Kona coffee went to Afghanistan , where it was very highly welcomed and appreciated.  Some also went to the P.I. and now here at the end of the year I am once again sending Kona coffee to the 25th Infantry Division folks who have recently deployed to Camp Liberty, Iraq.

  • 2008 saw 1620 lbs go out
  • 2009 we got up to 1726 lbs .
  • 2010 is down a bit @ 1089 lbs .

Total sent over the term of the effort so far is 4,435 lbs , in the 3 years – over 2 tons.

Right now we have MANY folks still out there, hoping for Kona coffee. 

To all who have helped with me with this throughout 2010:  THANK YOU!

For any that would like to continue and / or come back into this important effort:  PLEASE contact me HERE.  As they stay in the fight for us, let us keep up our support for them.

To all of you: God bless you in this New Year of 2011, and thanks again for helping me do this.

We have made history.  Kona coffee will be remembered by so many good people who are serving today for the rest their lives!

Special thanks also go out to Heavenly Hawaiian Coffee Co. for sending additional amounts of their great Kona coffee to U.S.A.F units at Bagram AFG , independently of my work.

Way to go!

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