Operation Holiday Hope

by comfortcrewmk on December 16, 2019

Leave your message of Encouragement Today at www.comfortcrew.org.

Dear Friends of Comfort Crew,

In 2013, Team CCMK registered to run in the Austin Marathon- Half Marathon. Each runner selected a veteran to honor. I selected Todd Nelson. In 2007, shortly before his scheduled flight home, Todd’s life was changed forever when a suicide bomber detonated beside his vehicle. He endured 20 lifesaving surgeries and another 20 reconstructive surgeries.

I drew strength and inspiration from Todd’s journey that pushed me to reach the finish line 7 years ago and I continue to draw strength from his story.

Todd shares his message of courage and faith with others. A few years ago, we had the privilege of recording an interview with Todd to capture his story on video. When asked about the impact of his injuries on his two daughters, Todd became emotional and said no one had ever asked him that question.

He shared the difficulties his oldest daughter experienced and the lasting effects that trauma has had on her life.

“When I was first introduced to Comfort Crew’s resources for families affected by visible and/or invisible injuries, I was overwhelmed. I immediately understood why each component was designed: to increase communication within the whole family, to provide strategies to kids on how they can understand, manage, and express their feelings, and how to ask for support when they need it.

If my precious girls had access to the tools you provide, things might have been much different. Instead, we spent the next 7 years confounded by the issues we had to deal with. Your Comfort Kit would have exposed and addressed those issues in 30 minutes. I am thankful for what you do and want you to be wildly successful in the name of all of those that are sure to follow me.” 

Comfort Crew is honored to have Todd’s guidance and support as we work to deliver resources to families healing from trauma. Unfortunately, we have a waiting list of requests for our resources from families due to a gap in funding.

We greatly appreciate your past gifts and hope that you will continue to make a difference in the lives of our military families! Please consider making Comfort Crew for Military Kids part of your season of giving.

Your contribution will have a direct impact on military families like Todd’s this holiday season.


Ronda Englander

Donate a Cuzzie for the WTU Holiday Toy Drive!

November 21, 2019
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From now until December 12, 2019 are collecting new and unwrapped presents for the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) at Fort Hood, Texas. Gifts, including our plush Cuzzie and our Taking Care of You! Support for Kids of Injured Heroes Kits sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project, will be delivered on December 18th to 85 families at the WTU. You can now purchase/donate a plush Cuzzie® bear for $15 for the Holiday Toy Drive. We will deliver it directly to the WTU for you! Cuzzie was created specifically to comfort and support military kids. To date, he has done his job well for over 300,000 military kids. The founders adopted Cuzzie®, a plush patchwork bear, as the honorary mascot of CCMK. Cuzzie® was created in Trevor’s sketchbook and brought to life offering real comfort and companionship to military kids of all ages. His name is Cuzzie® ‘CUZ HE cares for kids. […]

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GALActica – Meet Craig Flowers

October 15, 2019

Welcome back to our last and final post in our Galactica series! If you didn’t read the posts about Christopher Sean and Todd Nelson, then go and check those out! We are excited to introduce our Master of Ceremonies Craig Flowers.  J. Craig Flowers is a fourth generation, native Texan, originally from San Antonio.   His 25 years in the US Army encompassed a decade overseas, including three years in The Kingdom of Morocco.  His final military assignment was at West Point where he taught and served as the Director of Cadet Activities and Assistant Baseball Coach.   Craig attended Texas Christian University earning a degree in Economics while playing baseball for the Horned Frogs. He holds a M.A. from Kansas University and is fluent in French.  He trained, specialized and operated in field of Human Intelligence. Founder of The Sideline Leadership CO., he works with NCAA Coaches, CEO’s and Corporations on […]

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GALActica – Meet Todd Nelson

October 15, 2019

Hello everyone! Welcome back to our Galactica series. This will be the second of three blog posts where we introduce you to our guest speakers Christopher Sean and Todd Nelson, as well as our Master of Ceremonies, Craig Flowers. If you missed out first post about Christopher Sean, make sure you go and read it!  In today’s post we are introducing you to MSG (R) Todd Nelson! MSG(Retired) Todd Nelson joined the U.S. Army in the delayed entry program during his junior year of high school in 1990.  Over the next 20 years he served in many campaigns to include Operation Enduring Freedom in Bosnia, Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.  He served in 5 locations across the US, and multiple locations in Europe. In 2007, while serving in combat, MSG Nelson was injured by a suicide Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast during a convoy […]

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GALActica – Meet Christopher Sean

October 15, 2019

Hello everyone!  In case you haven’t heard, our event “Galactica” is fast approaching and we couldn’t be more excited. Over the next three blog posts, we are going to further introduce you to our guest speakers and our Master of Ceremonies.  Today’s post is dedicated to our first guest speaker Christopher Sean.  Christopher Sean was born in Washington State. The son of a career military man, he grew up in the Philippines, Japan, Mississippi, El Centro, CA and Oxnard, CA. His father retired as a senior chief in the Navy, met and married Christopher’s mother, who was a Japanese national. Because of his multi-ethnic background combined with his varied childhood, Christopher is fluent in English, Japanese and Spanish. Additionally, because he grew up in so many different locations, he has an understanding and appreciation of many cultures and locales.  After his father retired from the Navy, the family settled in […]

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GALActica Save-the-Date

August 14, 2019
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“I’m going back!”

August 7, 2019

We are honored to be one of Jenna Fischer’s chosen charities for her Dundie Tribute fundraising campaign. Find out which products are available for purchase at www.represent.com/jenna. Proceeds from the sales will benefit Girls on the Run, Kids in Need of Defense, Adopt Together, and your very own Comfort Crew for Military Kids.

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