From Shanti's Mom:
Now all the boxes and envelopes are opened and laying all over the floor ... the hats have been logged, counted and thank you notes sent out (with a few exceptions where there was no indication who sent them, or no email address to connect it to).
We are over the top! There are now 281 hats ready to go to sailors on the Decatur ... and more coming according to the messages I've been getting. Anything over the 278 will be passed along to another ship. They will have loving homes I promise. I'm sure the post office is going to be happy when this is all over. But I am tickled to death with the response everyone has had to this request.
You won't believe the stacks and stack of other goodies, including many card games, crossword puzzle books, candy and ... are you ready? A whoopie cushion! Yep, that should be a lot of fun onboard.
And letters from kids ... one school in Demerest NJ had all their students write letters. Other schools contributed letters as well. Each sailor will receive at least one letter from a child.
There were cash donations as well ... over $850.
What an amazing group of people you are. You are the cream of the crop!
Now I have to go clean up my office. It's a serious trip hazard!