From Our Troops
Direct messages from our troops
-Element du soutien national force nationnelle – Afghanistan 3-10
“To our brethren at EMS Toronto
Today we received the Tim’s cards you sent. My Unit in Kabul is
comprised of Military Police men and women. When we are not operating
in a tactical military role, our employment in Canada is as the domestic
police force for DND and its communities. As such we work side by side
with other civil police departments and emergency services agencies such
as yours. To say the least, a few night shifts are broken up at a Tim
Horton’s with neighbouring emergency services personnel, laughing and
commiserating. The odd cup of coffee goes down range as well.
We do receive a lot of support from the general public at home;
cards, letters, and Christmas comforts. I find your gift particularly
poignant, a hello from our compatriots back home that are holding it
together for the families we have left behind. It is comforting to know
they are in your hands until we return.
Thank your for your compassion, and Your service to our country.
Master Warrant Office D.P.”
I just received one of your Shareacup Tim Cards and included in the envelope was a personal letter from someone – A Fellow Canadian.
I cannot tell you just how much your generosity and thoughtfulness means to us over here. Tim’s is our little touch of home, and to receive a “cup of coffee” from a fellow Canadian who has taken the time to send it, that is so heartwarming. Every day to us here is Remembrance Day, and so to be remembered back home, that makes us feel like we are not quite so far away and that we are not forgotten.
Thank you again so much. I would dearly love to be able to thank the particular Fellow Canadian who wrote the letter that came to me – there was no email address, but perhaps you have a way of letting all the participants know just how much their gifts and thoughtfulness are appreciated.
With very best regards,
Task Force Kandahar Headquarters”
“On behalf of “A” Squadron, TF 1-10BG, I thank you for the poster that you have so graciously mailed to those of us currently serving here in Afghanistan. Your generosity continues to astound us. More importantly, your overt appreciation and support is priceless, particularly during the down times. As soldiers do not complete their missions for recognition, the positive effect on morale that you have provided is immeasurable. The banner is flying high in our kitchen. When the soldiers are in the mess hall it always brings a smile to their face.
“A” Squadron continues to represent Canada with honour and professionalism without fail, specifically for citizens like you who appreciate our sacrifices and commitment. Please take care.”
“I found your business card in one of our Tim Horton’s cards. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for your thoughts when sending us the Tim Horton gift card that we received here at the Military Police HQ in Kandahar Airfield (KAF). Your cards have been distributed to our personnel.
With our day to day work here, it is nice to see that some people back home are thinking about us and support us in our mission. Your gift will allow me to start on a good day with a cup of coffee.”
HUA! Thanks again!
Military Police Operations – JTF Afghanistan – ROTO7“Good morning,
I am a Canadian Air Force Technician serving in Afghanistan and I just received a Tim Horton’s gift card from your company in the name of **** *******. I would like to say thanks and to some people this gesture may seem small but I cannot explain the effect that it had on my personnel when I distributed these cards. With the fast paced tempo that is part of our daily routine here, a few moments spent reflecting with a large double double, knowing that our cause here is not going unnoticed back home injects an additional amount of pride and satisfaction in what we do. Again I cannot say thanks enough.” -Sgt. S. L.
“Thank you for remembering us. Canada seems so far away, as is my family. I miss both so very much. Your gift card has made me feel close to home. Merry Christmas.”
-Cpl G. R.
“Thank you for the Tim Card, I enjoyed the coffee and donut, and bought one for a buddy, your treat! What I enjoyed the most was your message of thanks and good wishes-I don’t know about you but I will keep the card, Canadian to Canadian! Cheers!”
“I want to thank you for your kindness, the Tim Hortons card was a wonderful surprise! Knowing that Canadians are thinking of us makes being here easier, not that it is easy being away from home. I enjoyed a coffee and donut on you, and appreciate your thoughts. Thank you!”
-Sgt W. W.
Camp Nathan Smith, 2 December 2009
This is a thank you letter to the membership of your Association for thinking of us. I suspect that you don’t get too many letters back thanking you for the Tim Horton’s gift certificates that you’ve sent, but be assured that everyone here is grateful to get them. There’s a Tim Horton’s on the Boardwalk at Kandahar Airfield, and it is one busy spot! It’s a great place to unwind a bit with something familiar.
Thanks again for thinking of us.
-MWO J. O. KPRT CIMIC Ops