2019 Issue 2 Newsletter

Inside this issue:

  • Spotlight on Volunteer Judy Badgley
  • A Little Piece of Home
  • Help Us Help Them
  • 2019 Sponsors (April – June)
  • Honorees for 2 nd Issue 2019
  • Shipping Statistics
  • Unit Needs Continue

You can also view and download the original form 2019 Issue 2 Newsletter PDF version here.

Spotlight on Volunteer Judy Badgley

The Landstuhl Hospital Care Project (LHCP) would be nowhere without its steadfast and loyal corps of volunteers. Some have been supporting LHCP for years! Judy Badgley is one such dedicated person.

One of Judy’s blankets.
One of Judy’s blankets.

Judy was active with the Patriot Guard Riders when she saw the Norwich, NY, American Legion Riders advertising their annual ride fundraiser for LHCP. She looked up LHCP and decided to join the group and see how she could help out. It wasn’t long before she began to sew for us! In her words, “I started to sew because the LHCP group needed sham pillow cases and Karen kept asking but all that was being donated was six here or a dozen there and she was asking for something like 1,500.  That was back in 2008. I started to make the pillowcases and THAT WAS ALL I was going to do.”

Well no, that wasn’t all she was going to do. The group needed more help, so she began sewing medicine bags, comfort pillows, and blankets. It’s now 2019 and she’s still hard at work for our military!

Some of our military happily posing with Judy’s pillows
Some of our military happily posing with Judy’s pillows

Her current item totals are:

  • 5,434 Sham Pillowcases
  • 2,705 Comfort Pillows
  • 554 (4×6) Fleece Blankets
  • 306 (3×5) Fleece Blankets
  • 81 (4×6) Flannel Quilts/Blankets
  • 256 Medicine Bags

Somewhere along the way, she got her mother involved sewing Christmas stockings! She’s donated well over 500!

Judy just recently finished up a large sewing project for LHCP, working with donations from the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation. Last summer, for the second year in a row, the Girls Nation chose LHCP to support during their yearly mock Senate event. Two girls from every state headed to Washington, DC, and brought fabric as donations to LHCP. That fabric was then mailed to Judy, who spent the next four to five months making it into 302 sham pillowcases and 41 comfort pillows!

It’s been over ten years that Judy Badgley has been sewing for LHCP and our service men and women. Thank you, Judy, for all your hard work and serving the men and women who serve our country!

A Little Piece of Home

During the Korean Conflict, my Dad was in Korea. One year for
Christmas, Santa Claus brought me a bake set. My Mom and I
made a little cake, probably not much bigger than a cupcake. She
put the cake in a box and packed it with popcorn and sent it off to
my Dad. Many, many years later, I asked Mom if Dad ever got the
cake. She said yes he did. It was in crumbs, but he told her he ate
every bite then ate the popcorn it was packed in. He told her it was
the finest cake he had ever eaten. He was so happy to have a little
something from home.

So it is with shipments the LHCP sends to our troops. They are
thankful for every tube of toothpaste, boxer briefs, hoodie, sweats,
or protein snacks. In 2019, we have shipped approximately 35,000
items to support the men and women serving our country.
It is our hope that every item the LHCP sends to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines makes a difference and gives them a little
piece of home.

    — Donna Bolen

Help Us Help Them

LHCP would love to have you or your organization sponsor a fundraising event to support the LHCP mission to provide comfort and care items to sick, injured or wounded military services members overseas.

Or just start a Facebook fundraiser! Go to your news feed, click Fundraisers on the left menu. Click Select a Nonprofit, type Landstuhl in the search box. Select Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, then follow the Facebook prompts and create!

For more info, please contact Karen Grimord at 540-286-1512 or email at president@lhcp.us

With Gratitude to Our Generous Sponsors

2019 Sponsors—April, May, and June

Individuals and Families

Achley, P., VAKurzenknabe, G., PA
Adotta, Vito, VAMcKay, A., AZ
Arseculeratne, R., VANelson, D., KS
Blevins, A., VAOsgood, J., APO
Boffardi, A., VAPineau, B., France
Bonilla, L., FLPriska, G., NC
Breidel, G., MNRoberts, G., TN
Driskill, T., TXSeljeskog, P., SD
Hansen, L., VASteinman, M., NV
Hazelwood, W., MEStockstill, J., MS
Heal, R., VAStutts, T., TN
Hembrough, W., TNTomaszewski, V., VA
High, T., TNTreadwell, R., VA
Jones, E., MNTunstall, I.Y., VA

Businesses and Organizations

  • American Legion Post 189, NY
  • Benevity Fund, Calgary, AB
  • Grace Chapel Inc., TN
  • Hillsboro Athens LLC, TN
  • National Sojourners Inc., PA
  • Network for Good, DC

    LHCP is Best in America!

Best in America
Best in America

The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness. These standards include those required by the U.S. Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.

Best in America – Landstuhl Hospital Care Project

Matching Funds for Nonprofits

Ask if your company has a matching funds program for nonprofits. Or straight out ask them to support LHCP. Tell them how good it feels to support those that sacrifice to keep our country free!

Honorees for 2nd Quarter 2019 Shipments


Navy Hospital Corpsman 3nd Class Brian K. Lundy Jr.

Died September 9, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

Brian K. Lundy Jr.
Brian K. Lundy Jr.

25, of Austin, Texas; assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died while conducting a dismounted patrol in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Sept. 9.

Full Story


Army Cpl. Rachael L. Hugo

Died October 5, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

Army Cpl. Rachael L. Hugo
Rachael L. Hugo

24, of Madison, Wis.; assigned to the 303rd Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, U.S. Army Reserve, Jackson, Mich.; died Oct. 5 in Bayji, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked her unit using an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire.

Full Story


Army CPL. Tony Carrasco Jr.

Died November 4, 2009 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

Tony Carrasco Jr.
Tony Carrasco Jr.

25, of Berino, N.M.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died Nov. 4 in Ad Dawr, Iraq, of a gunshot wound sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit.

Full Story

2019 CFC Campaign


Once again LHCP is a proud participant in the Combined Federal Campaign. Please consider giving this fall. Our agency designation code is 12282.


2019 April — June Shipping Statistics



Now you can make a monetary donation easily using PayPal! Go to www.paypal.com and send your donation to treasurer@lhcp.us and type in Landstuhl Hospital Care Project when asked for a name. Please include your address. We will send a letter of thanks for your tax-deductible donation.

Unit Needs Continue

At this time, LHCP is placing focus on receiving monetary donations. Unit needs are fluid, and we can quickly respond using cash donations to purchase requested items.

Please make checks payable to Landstuhl Hospital Care Project.

Please mail your packages and/or checks to:

LHCP President
Attn: Karen Grimord
29 Greenleaf Terrace
Stafford, VA 22556

LHCP is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.

LHCP Board of Directors

Karen Grimord

Donna Bolen

James Spliedt II

Newsletter Editor
Maria Waddell

2019 Issue 1 Newsletter

Inside this issue:

  • In the Eyes of a Foreign Missionary
  • Troop Thanks
  • 2019 Spring Events
  • 2019 Sponsors (February-March)
  • Honorees for 1 st Issue 2019
  • On Facebook?
  • Unit Needs Continue

You can also view and download the original form 2019 Issue 1 Newsletter PDF version here.

In the Eyes of a Foreign Missionary

Who is Now a Friend

The story of how I met Karen Grimord, and by extension, working with The Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, is inextricably linked to the story of my voyage to America. Between the years 2011 to 2013, I opted to serve a volunteer mission for my church.  I was assigned to labor in the Northern Virginia area. A quiet boy without much in terms of years and experience, I was excited at the prospect of living so far away from my native Durban, South Africa.

I still remember the first day I met Karen. I’d been in the neighborhood for barely a week when we got an urgent phone call from a member of our congregation who said that, “a lady needed help packing boxes.” It was a Monday, the only day we got to ourselves from our busy schedule.  We reluctantly agreed and headed over to the address I had hastily penned down on the wrapper of my Chick-fil-A sandwich.

We actually found Karen in her backyard, digging what looked like a hole for a fireplace. We told her who we were and why we had come. She looked skeptical, and with good reason; we weren’t dressed for the part! White shirts, ties and dress pants don’t inspire confidence in the kind of work we would be doing. But we won her over by rolling up our sleeves and getting to work. And that was the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship.

Karen’s house (more particularly her garage) became something of a second home to me. We spent hours in there packing boxes, taking orders and sending off shipments to the local post office. It wasn’t until my third visit, tape gun in hand and sweat on my brow, as I worked on the next box that I asked who all of these care packages were meant for. She looked up slowly and responded: “It’s for soldiers that served our country and are now wounded and need taking care of in Landstuhl, Germany.” That was a sobering moment. I saw the passion in her eyes, the fire in her gut. I felt it deeply and I wanted to know more.

Everyone back home always asked me what my first impression of the United States was and my answer always took them by surprise because it’s not the typical response that they expected. ‘Til this day, I’ve emphatically stated that Americans have a level of devotion and patriotism that I’ve never seen before. It is rarely loud or boastful, but clearly felt and visible in quiet acts of service. It is the needle to their fabric, thread woven carefully into their symbol red, white, and blue. America has no existential crisis; they know exactly who they are and what they stand for. That is something to be admired.

It didn’t take long for Karen to take me on trips to D.C. proper and show me all the sights and monuments. I don’t think I quite got over the fact that this was the kind of stuff I only saw in movies; and dramatic ones at that-I half expected an alien invasion to take place starring yours truly! But on a serious note, two places of interest stood out to me more than the rest. The first was Arlington Cemetery. When I went there I was shocked into silence. I didn’t speak for the whole day that day. Not only was it the reverence of the sacred ground that was Arlington, but it was the evidence of commitment and sacrifice for the greater good. My tears were matched only by the row upon row of pearly-white marble. The second place was the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Whereas before I had seen those who had died for what they believed in, here I saw what the living were willing to do for one of their own. Their dedication and precision were equaled by the passion in their eyes and the fire in their gut- the exact same that I saw in Karen when we were packing boxes in her modest garage. That left an indelible mark on me, one I will never forget.

Since that day, I was never the same. And working on care packages took on a different meaning. I knew who it was for, and why they chose to serve. I even felt a connection to them all in some small way; though we hailed from different countries and speak in different tongues, we all were far from home, serving and working for an ideal that we believed in, trying to make this world just a little bit better. It’s been six years now since I was last in America, but if I close my eyes I can still see Karen’s garage, I can still smell the mulch on the warm summer’s air, I can still hear the screech of the tape gun as we worked on yet another box. The cardboard all stacked up neatly in a row from floor to ceiling and the table which had the laptop and phone, ready to take another order and send out the next shipment. All told one simple story: the nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.

Sphelele Mngoma

Troop Thanks

The LHCP is an incredible group of people donating to a good cause. While I was deployed, I worked in a program that helped to ease the transition of combat airmen returning home. That process would have been very difficult without LHCP support. On the first day out of a combat zone, the airmen were able to collect and utilize many of the donations made. These items included, sweaters, jackets, umbrellas, and hygienic items. After seeing the items available to them, there eyes would light up and there seemed to be a sense of relief—that they didn’t have to worry about not having anything. The LHCP is pivotal in easing the transition of our airmen returning from deployment. Karen and her team were phenomenal in ensuring the needs of many were met.

MSGT Air Force

2019 Spring Events

May 18, 2019 The Norwich American Legion Post 189 will hold their 14th annual motorcycle ride fundraiser for LHCP. Without such hard-working, dedicated individuals and groups like these, LHCP would not be able to continue. We thank you for your many years of support and look forward to seeing the pictures! Maybe this year we can get one of Brian and Karen Grimord!

2019 Sponsors

Individuals and Families

Adkins, E., MN
Arseculeratne, R., VA
Auman, C., FL
Barnhardt, C., MI
Bath, D, AL
Bath, M., AL
Breidel, G., MN
Bolen, D., SC
Broeker, J., FL
Burkel, D., MN
Byrnes, E., PA
Casali, L., FL
Daniels, B., OK
Dennis, T., FL
Eanes, L., VA
Ellsworth, L., TN
Hansen, L., VA
High, T., TN
Hurley, P., FL
Kelly, P., IL
Kosele, D., FL
Lambert, R., MD
Lienczewski, E., MI
Marion, D., TX
McKay, A., AZ
Osgood, J., APO
Payton, B., FL
Roberts, G., TN
Sann, R., DC
Seljeskog, P., SD
Smith, B., FL
Steinman, M., NV
Stutts, T., TN
Waddell, C., NC
Waddell, M., NC
Wolford, C., PA
Zimmerman, R., PA

Businesses and Organizations

American Legion Post 74 SAL Squad 74, FL
American Legion Riders Post 189, NY
American Veterans Post 21 General Fund, FL
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 21, FL
Benevity Fund, Calgary, AB
Beyond the Call of Duty Ministries Inc., FL
Carlie Lynne’s Inc., FL
Carrollton Zilwaulkee VFW Post 1859, MI
Cheyenne MNT Chapter, CA
Crosspointe Church, MS
Euclid Veterans Association, OH
Forty and Eight Voiture 880 Inc., FL
Hillsboro Athens LLC, TN
Holy Family R. C. Congregation, IL
Cheyenne MNT Chapter, CA
Crosspointe Church, MS
Euclid Veterans Association, OH
Forty and Eight Voiture 880 Inc., FL
Hillsboro Athens LLC, TN
Holy Family R. C. Congregation, IL
McPhail’s Auto Sales, FL
Network for Good, DC
Sebring Benefit, FL
Sons of AMVETS Squadron 21, FL
VFW Post 4300, FL
VFW Post 4300 Riders Inc., FL
Veron McCune Post NO 132 Auxiliary, OH



Army Lt. Col. Richard J. Berrettini

Died January 11, 2008, Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

Army Lt. Col. Richard J. Berrettini
Richard J. Berrettini

21, of Cranston, R.I.; assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed June 23 when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq.


Army 2nd Lt. Emily J.T. Perez

Died September 12, 2006 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

Emily J.T. Perez
Emily J.T. Perez

21, of Cranston, R.I.; assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; killed June 23 when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq.


Marine Lance Cpl. Minhee Kim

Died November 1, 2006 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

Marine Lance Cpl. Minhee Kim
Minhee Kim

20, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Lansing, Mich.; died Nov. 1 while conducting combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq.

On Facebook? Want to help LHCP?

You may have noticed friends on Facebook holding a fundraiser for their favorite charity on their birthday. LHCP has been so honored in the past few months by two young children, asking for donations to LHCP for their birthday! Please consider doing this as well!

Also, go to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/theLHCP and follow us there if you haven’t already. Share the posts to let your friends know about us! Thank you

Unit Needs Continue

At this time, LHCP is placing focus on receiving monetary donations. Unit needs are fluid; and we can quickly respond using cash donations to purchase requested items.

Please make checks payable to Landstuhl Hospital Care Project.

and mail to:

LHCP President
Attn: Karen Grimord
29 Greenleaf Terrace
Stafford, VA 22556

Thank you.