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WarriorWool Donations

This page shows where WarriorWool™ Program donations have gone, and indicates (more or less) who the donors are. Potential donation destinations are described on the WarriorWool page. Please note we use the Trademark Symbol with WarriorWool only because it will make me crazy if some other company starts using the term commercially after we've been doing this program for years.

The WarriorWool Program is a primary reason for WeatherWool, and we have placed dozens (I'm sure over 100 at this point) of pieces of wool with Active Duty Military.   But I didn't think of this page until September of 2019. Maybe eventually I'll do some backfilling of information. But for now, the info starts in September, 2019, with newer activity on top.

Donors can be anonymous or not, and we can ask recipients to contact donors.

This page also lists a some instances of people purchasing their own WarriorWool. As of May 2022, I am going to try to list all such purchases here. There have been a lot of those transactions, and maybe they should be on a separate page, but this website already has a lot of pages.

Donations are in bold until fulfillment. We need to distribute: $131 toward an Anorak for the USMC Scout Snipers.

  • 2022-11-25 --- WarriorWool going to a Gunners Mate in the US Navy
  • 2022-11-25 ... WarriorWool going to a place that I did not know we had a garrison (if that's the right word). NICE!
  • 2022-11-20 ... A Vietnam Vet from the USMC donated funds for an Anorak for the Marine Corps. I'm waiting to hear back from the Scout Snipers and will hopefully send this one out soon.
  • 2022-11-18 ... A US Military Instructor just purchased a 2nd Anorak for himself and his Mrs has one too!
  • 2022-11-16 ... Another Anorak going to Europe. A soldier in the US Army just purchased for himself.
  • 2022-11-15 ... A Law Enforcement Officer who bought for himself called today and ordered another Anorak, plus one for his Dad.
  • 2022-11-14 ... This is a little bit of a different type of entry ... Yesterday a Veteran ordered an Anorak for himself. Not WarriorWool, because he is retired. But I mention it here because this Vet first encountered WeatherWool in Afghanistan!
  • 2022-11-13 ... A Major in the USAF purchased a WarriorWool Anorak in Lynx Pattern for himself.
  • 2022-11-12 ... An Airman in the USAF in Guam purchased an Anorak for himself for some upcoming cold weather work. Might be the first time for our wool in Guam.
  • 2022-11-11 (again) ... We are fulfilling a bunch of WarriorWool orders today because we've just completed a production run of Lynx Anoraks. Lynx is definitely the most popular pattern/color for the Military, although they have also chosen Drab frequently and sometimes Duff or Black
  • 2022-11-11 ... It's nice that on Veteran's Day we are fulfilling a WarriorWool order today. This is the 3rd Anorak purchased by this gentleman. There have been several WarriorWool Anoraks self-purchased, but I haven't filled them in. A few days ago, a federal employee purchased an Anorak for himself and a WarriorWool Anorak for his wife.
  • 2022-11-01 ... A woman in the USAF who works on the A-10 Warthog bought an Anorak for herself
  • 2022-10-24 ... A Law Enforcement Officer from North Carolina today purchased an Anorak. Pretty sure she is the first woman in LE that has purchased WarriorWool!!
  • 2022-09-28 ... A Veteran from the USAF donated an Anorak today. As it happens, I have been in touch with a Navy SEAL who is doing some research for clothing for his unit and who was about to spend his own money to buy an Anorak. Curtis from New Hampshire to the rescue!  THANK YOU CURTIS!!!
  • 2022-09-20 ... In the past week we have had one or two more people buy Anoraks for themselves
  • 2022-09-12 ... A Naval Special Warfare guy from the West Coast just bought an Anorak for himself
  • 2022-SUMMER ... I've been remiss here. We've had a bunch of Military people buying Anoraks for themselves in the last few months!
  • 2022-05-19 ... This Anorak fulfills the donation from 19 April 2022, made by a US Military Vet. This 'Rak is going to a long-serving Airman who has, among other things, served on EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) detail with the US Secret Service
  • 2022-05-19 ... Advisor Dave Canterbury donated $90 toward the next WarriorWool Anorak
  • 2022-05-02 ... A SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) instructor at Fairchild Air Force Base purchased a MidWeight Lynx Rak for himself.
  • 2022-04-19 ... From Dennis, a Veteran
    "Ralph, A couple of years ago I made a pledge to give to your WarriorWool program, then COVID hit, as a Health Commissioner at a county health department, I was a little busy the last couple of years and my pledge to you hit the back burner. However, during COVID, I did a bike ride from Cleveland, Ohio to Cincinnati, Ohio to raise money and awareness to veterans causes, your program is equally important and worthy of some of those proceeds. I hope whomever is the recipient of the Anorak enjoys it as much as I do mine." This 'Rak is going to a long-serving Airman who has, among other things, served on EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) detail with the US Secret Service
  • 2022-04-19 ...Number 10 of the 10 Anoraks donated on 12 December 2021. The recipient described himself: "I am a USAF SERE specialist stationed at Fairchild AFB, I am a SST(SERE selection training). I train potential SERE guys in a vigorous 6 month course. We are in the field about 200 days out of the year training our students in various tasks." As a "wool evangelist", I really like to give WarriorWool to SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) instructors because they can show many students the advantages of wool and because the instructors spend so much time in the weather
  • 2022-04-18 ... Number 9 of the 10 Anoraks donated on 12 December 2021 is going to a US Air Force SERE Specialist

  • 2022-04-18 ... Number 8 of the 10 Anoraks donated on 12 December 2021 is going to a C130 Pilot in the US Air Force. This recipient said he will definitely be paying it forward!
  • 2022-04-10 ... Personal WarriorWool Purchase Going to Fort Bragg
  • 2022-04-09 ... $10 from Gianfranco
  • 2022-03-28 ... From Parents to Son
    Advisor Chris Christian and his wife bought a Rak for their son, and Chris sent me a note with his thoughts: I want Logan to be outfitted with the best protection he can have.  Especially a highly functional piece of gear like a WeatherWool Anorak that has a high dynamic range of operation. He is more likely to always have it on, and if caught in bad weather it will be on him.  Too many times he will remove gear and clothing when it is not comfortable to wear and set it down.  Then later when he really needs it, he doesn’t have it on (I have experienced this myself a couple of times with my WeatherWool Anorak, I can wear it many places and situations where other gear I could not).  So knowing he will have such good performing gear on AND is more likely to keep it on and have it when he really needs it is very comforting.  I know he will most likely never take it off when going through Intelligence training (AIC) in Fort Huachuca, AZ in winter.  I know they do a LOT of running and conditioning in the elements, and that will be during Nov thru Feb.
  • 2022-03-20 ... Lots of personal purchases going out.
    Now that we are shipping MidWeight Lynx Anoraks, we have about a dozen that are going to US Servicemen who are purchasing with their own funds! Plus one purchased by a guy in Great Britain's Royal Navy!

  • 2022-03-20 ... Waiting two-plus years
    This Anorak, donated on 25 February by Seth Smith, is going to a US Army Ranger who's been waiting since 2019. And he was expecting to purchase it for himself. But because he's been waiting so long ... !!

  • 2022-03-19 ... Green Berets
    This SFC Green Beret was buying an Anorak for himself but he got a donation instead.
  • 2022-02-26 ... Republic of Korea
    This Anorak is going to a Platoon Sergeant in his 25th year of service. He's stationed at Kunsan Air Base in the Republic of Korea, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Defense Regimen, Alpha Battery
  • 2022-02-25 ... Second Donation Today!
    Seth Smith donated the cost of an Anorak and included this note: "Please send to someone in the military. Thank you to our brave warriors protecting our precious freedoms in the USA!" THANK YOU SETH!! It will be an honor to fulfill your instructions! This entry will stay in bold until we place the Anorak. This Rak is going to someone who has been waiting over two years and was expecting to pay for it, once we got it in stock again!
  • 2022-02-22 ... USAF to Antarctica
    This Rak is going to a member of the US Air Force Unit that provides transport services to the National Science Foundation laboratories on Antarctica. When Debby heard "Antarctica", she pulled a Neck Gaiter out of her secret stash and put it in the box. The Airman who will wear this wool gave me some very interesting info:
    • The weather is so severe the labs can only be reached about 4 months of the year, from October to February. The rest of the time darkness and cold prevent any air travel in or out of Antarctica. Sometimes it is too cold for the planes to fly. If you miss the last flight out in February, you are staying until October.
    • The aircraft that service Antarctica undergo routine maintenance in New Zealand, a flight of 5 to 9 hours from Antarctica, depending on the aircraft. But when necessary, Airmen stationed on Antarctica can do some serious work, even changing engines. They have no shelter ... all work performed in the weather.
    • The Amundsen-Scott Research Station is located at the South Pole, 9300 feet (2835 meters) above sea level. Not only is the weather the most difficult on Earth, but the air is also very thin and hypoxia is a very real problem.
    • Almost all of the elevation of the South Pole is due to a huge accumulation of ice. The land itself is only a little above sea level.
    • Antarctica is actually a desert!
    • McMurdo Research Station is the staging point for all cargo and personnel headed to the Amundsen-Scott Research Station, which is about 1000 miles (1600 km) from McMurdo
    • The USAF Group that services Antarctica conducts training in Greenland, which couldn't be much farther from Antarctica, but offers the advantage of opposite seasons with similar terrain and weather.
    • There was a TV commercial about a guy singing karaoke at (I think) McMurdo, and I sent the link to the Airman, who had never seen the commercial. It makes me laugh. (I once sang karaoke with Hong Kong Triads.)
  • 2022-02-16 ... 1st SFG, Fort Bragg
    One more from the 10-Anorak donation. This one is headed to the First Special Forces Group in Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • 2022-02-16 ... USCG/DHS and SEAL Team 1
    Two more Anoraks from the 10-Anorak donation of 2021-12-06 ... One of these is headed to SEAL Team 1 and the other is going to a West Point Grad turned Coastie who is working with the Army again for another few months and will work with a DHS Joint Task Force focused on Caribbean drug trafficking.
  • 2022-02-15 ... $31 toward an Anorak for the USMC Scout Snipers. This will stay in bold until we donate the Anorak.
  • 2022-01-12 ... Camp Lejeune, then Norway
    Just lately a couple of Marines (who do not know each other ... yet) contacted me about some wool to wear for cold-weather training in Norway. Luckily a customer returned to us a "new-used" Anorak in FullWeight Lynx Pattern that will fit. Normally we would send only new garments out for WarriorWool, but this garment is used only in the sense that the customer possessed it for a while, but did not actually use it. But more importantly, these guys are shipping out soon and we won't have any FullWeight Lynx made for months, at least. I hope I can come up with something for the other Marine ... This is the first Anorak to ship from the 10-Anorak donation of 6 December 2021.
  • 2022-01-11 ... Fort McCoy
    We are sending a 2X Duff Anorak to a Cold-Weather Survival Instructor at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin. Personnel from all branches of the US Military attend this training at McCoy
  • 2021-12-20 ... Lennie in New York State donated his 5% LEO THANK YOU CREDIT ($45 in this case), plus another $55, for a total of $100.  Thank You THRICE, Lennie! (Once for your work in LEO and twice for the donations!!)
  • 2021-12-06 ... TEN-ANORAK DONATION!
    GIGUNDO THANKS to a gentleman from Connecticut who donated the cost of 10 WarriorWool Anoraks! The donor wishes to remain completely anonymous. He told me the donation is his way of saying THANK YOU, and his only request is that I pass his thanks to all the recipients!
    1. First of the ten going to Camp Lejeune and then Norway. See entry of 2022-01-12
    2. Going to SEAL Team 1. See entry of 2022-02-16
    3. Going to a guy in the Coast Guard who is currently training with the Army and will soon be working with Homeland Security. See entry of 2022-02-16
    4. Headed for the First Special Forces Group in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. See entries of 2022-02-16
    5. Headed to the US Air Force group that services the National Science Foundation installations on Antarctica. Entry for 22 February 2022
    6. Headed to Kunsan Air Base in Korea. Entry for 26 February 2022
    7. Going to a guy in the Green Berets who was actually buying for himself (so we know he really wants it!) but is getting a donation instead (entry for 19 March 2022)
    8. Going to a C130 Pilot in the USAF (entry for 18 April 2022)
    9. Going to a US Air Force SERE Specialist
    10. Number 10 of the 10 Anoraks donated on 12 December 2021. The recipient described himself: "I am a USAF SERE specialist stationed at Fairchild AFB, I am a SST (SERE selection training). I train potential SERE guys in a vigorous 6 month course. We are in the field about 200 days out of the year training our students in various tasks." As a "wool evangelist", I really like to give WarriorWool to SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) instructors because they can show many students the advantages of wool and because the instructors spend so much time in the weather
  • 2021-11-15 ... $100 donation from Tim D. THANKS TIM!!
  • 2021-11-08 ... A sailor who just bought his WarriorWool for himself contacted me right after receiving. He wanted to buy three more, and we had to make a decision that now, while we are again trying to figure out a severe production problem, we need to limit WarriorWool to one Anorak per recipient.
  • 2021-11-03 ... In the last two weeks or so, we have shipped several Anoraks to guys buying their own. We shipped another one today and that reminded me to update this page ...
  • 2021-10-23 ... fulfilling an obligation from 2021-08-09. I did not expect to be send this Anorak for another 6 months or more, but by a great stroke of luck a customer decided to return a virtually new Large Duff Anorak because he wants a MidWeight Lynx. This one went to John Hudson, as described in the entry from 2021-08-09.
  • 2021-10-22 ... Tamm donated $200 toward WarriorWool. THANKS TAMM!
  • 2021-09-30 ... SEAL Team 8
    This one is from WeatherWool
  • 2021-09-24 ... DEA
    Rama from New Mexico had donated $100 toward an Anorak way back in March. WeatherWool topped this off. Sorry I took so long about this, Rama. The US Drug Enforcement Agency is dealing with more crazy stuff than usual lately. I understand about 90,000 Americans died last year from fentanyl.
  • 2021-09-24 ... USMC Scout Snipers
    An Anorak is headed for the USMC Scout Snipers courtesy of a very generous Veteran from Ohio who has donated 4 Anoraks!!
  • 2021-08-09 ... UK Military
    We have recently received a WarriorWool donation for the UK Military. Advisor Ziggy, who has had a 30-year career in the British Army, suggested we get an Anorak to John Hudson, the Chief Survival Instructor to the UK Military! John actually wrote the UK Military Survival Manual (JSP 911). Too bad John is a size Large, because we are sold out of size Large regardless of Fabric. John chose the Solid Duff Color, and we hope we can get an Anorak to him before the end of 2021. Very much looking forward to hearing John's impressions of our wool!! John is a fantastic choice of recipient, and BIG THANKS to Ziggy for making this connection! I will leave this entry in BOLD until we actually send John his Anorak. Given the Hurricane Ida floods, I don't know when I will have Duff Fabric. (see update of 2021-10-23!)
  • 2021-07-07 ... Rama from New Mexico made another contribution today ... he's made several previously ... bringing the pending total to $160. BIG-TIME THANKS RAMA!
  • 2021-07-01 ... Someone in the US Office of Secure Transportation just purchased an Anorak for himself for Active Duty. I'd never even heard of the OST until they got in touch with us, although I was well aware of what they do ... provide security for the transport of nuclear weapons.
  • 2020-06-20 ... A Veteran from Ohio just contributed his FOURTH WarriorWool Anorak and it is headed for the USMC Scout Snipers
  • 2020-06-14 ... Rama in New Mexico contributed about $35 toward the next WarriorWool Anorak. This brings the pending total to $125. THANKS AGAIN (AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN!!) RAMA!!!!
  • 2020-06-13 ... A customer phoned today to make this third anonymous WarriorWool donation. This Anorak is headed to a guy who does Explosive Ordnance Disposal for the US Navy. It will be used on land and on the water during dive sessions.
  • 2020-06-10 ... OOPS, I forgot to fill in some activity here from the last couple of weeks. I'll backfill soon. But today, a medic/sniper from an Airborne Group in the US Military purchased an Anorak for himself. And a soldier in the US Army purchased an Anorak for himself.
  • 2021-05-06 ... Today we received ANOTHER $20 donation from Rama in New Mexico. This gets us to $90 toward another donation!  THANKS  AGAIN, RAMA!
  • 2021-04-17 ... Today we received a $20 donation from Rama in New Mexico (who has previously donated). This gets us to $70 toward another donation!  THANKS RAMA!
  • 2021-04-06 ... Today we received a $50 donation ... Also today, we updated the Blog with a couple of photos received from a recipient of a WarriorWool donation
  • 2021-03-26 ... Today we received a $200 donation from Jim in Oregon. But Jim and I got into a little situation, so I refunded him. But I didn't subtract from what was going with WarriorWool. Added to the $100 donation received recently from Rama in New Mexico, makes $300 ... close enough for us to donate an Anorak ... once we get some! This Anorak donated to DEA on September 24, 2021, by WeatherWool and Rama.
  • 2021-03-25 ... Several Active Duty personnel purchased Anoraks for themselves that we shipped in the last week or so. One of them is by now on the Arctic Ocean pack ice with USAF SERE.
  • 2021-03-21 ... An anonymous donor, who has previously donated WeatherWool, has donated another Anorak. This Anorak is going to the US Secret Service Presidential Protection Detail.
  • 2021-03-21 ... Two Anoraks going up to Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks, Alaska ... won't ship until next week because the USAF SERE guys are just relocating and don't have their new address yet. These two Anoraks were donated by an Air Force Vet from New Hampshire who wishes to remain anonymous, even to the recipients. The photo below is from Mike Wolfel (used with permission) at Castner Glacier:

US Air Force SERE Instructor Mike Wolfel at Castner Glacier, Alaska

  • 2021-03-20 ... Finally got some product and we can send out some WarriorWool! ... Jonathan D donated an Anorak to the USMC Scout Snipers!  THANKS JONATHAN!
  • 2021-03-20 ... WarriorWool from Ed from Oregon going to US Coast Guard AirSta Kodiak. THANKS ED!!
  • 2021-03-03 ... Today we received a $100 donation from Nat in New Mexico. That's a nice jump on the next piece of WarriorWool! THANKS NAT!
  • 23 February 2021 ... There are some WarriorWool donations pending but I don't have any Anoraks to distribute, so I have not posted.
  • 16 February 2021 ... US Secret Service, Presidential Protective Division added to the donation-recipient list.
  • 3 January 2021 ... "An old Air Force Maintainer", who prefers to remain completely anonymous, purchased TWO WARRIORWOOL Anoraks as a gift "to our present service members"!!
  • 20 November 2020 ... Ed from Oregon has donated an Anorak to the US Coast Guard, AirSta Kodiak (Alaska). Because we have no Anoraks on hand at present, it is likely to take us a few weeks to get this shipped  ... sincere apologies for the delay to Ed and AirSta Kodiak!!
  • 8 November 2020 ... Customer Tim from New York donated a Watch Cap, and this Cap is headed for the US Marine Corps Scout Snipers. We've never had a donation of anything but Anoraks before ... but don't see much reason to not go with a Watch Cap!
  • 17 September 2020 ... Size 3X (see previous entry)! ... My contact in the US Army 10th Special Forces Group found a Green Beret who wears a size 3X ... evidently the biggest dude among the 800 Green Berets in the 10th!
  • 3 and 8 September 2020 ... A friend of the US Military from Ohio ordered two Anoraks today, and really wanted to pay in advance for one of them, and put 5% of the purchase price toward WarriorWool. So ... $60 is available toward the next donation. That same friend decided to donate the balance of the WarriorWool Anorak cost. Weird thing is that right now, we have only size 3X Anoraks on hand. I will be checking with all the contacts to see if there is anyone who wears 3X. Usually Active Duty people aren't that big!
  • We've been almost completely sold out of Anoraks for a few months, so we don't have anything normal-size available ... hopefully in September, 2020!
  • Friday, 22 May, 2020 ... Almost Memorial Day, 2020 ... The expression  "Memorial Day Weekend", makes me cringe some, particularly when  remembering a career Military Vet telling me that Memorial Day is extremely difficult for him because of his experiences and his memories of many brothers maimed and killed. It's good to see the growing trend, at least here in Jersey, of Memorial Day being observed as intended. It seemed appropriate to ship a WarriorWool Anorak today. This Anorak is going to a woman serving in the US Marine Corps Force Recon. This Anorak was donated by a customer (who has previously donated) and by us.
  • 9 April 2020 ... added the United States Coast Guard at Base Kodiak and US Marine Corps Recon/ 0321 to the list of recipients for WarriorWool donations. There are people in the five main branches of the US Armed Forces wearing WarriorWool. Nobody in the Space Force has our wool (I assume!)
  • In April of 2020, Jonathan Drouillard of Michigan donated an Anorak to the USMC Scout Snipers ... interesting thing happened ... my contact with the Scout Snipers has moved to the US Army Rangers. So now the Rangers are among the recipient choices for donations, and we have a new contact in the Scout Snipers ... someone I had been in touch with previously because his Dad bought him an Anorak
  • In March of 2020, an individual serving in the United States Coast Guard at Base Kodiak purchased an Anorak for himself after having seen and examined the Anoraks already in possession of friends. This Anorak is going to see some insane conditions out on the Bering Sea! The contribution from Dave Canterbury (see next item) reduced the cost to the Coast Guardsman.
  • Donation from Advisor Dave Canterbury, February 2020
  • The guy in the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (which is actually part of the Navy that trains people in the Army, I think) would like another Anorak
  • A member of the Antiterrorism Training Support Group of the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center in South Carolina bought an Anorak for himself, January 2020
  • A SEAL stationed in Germany wants a WarriorWool Anorak plus a bunch of other stuff .. December 2020
  • Another WarriorWool Anorak on backorder for a SEAL who is from New Jersey (our home State) ... November 2019
  • A 100% disabled combat Veteran ordered for himself, but we don't have his exact choice on hand now ... so ... WOW ... we are so low on inventory we're taking backorders for WarriorWool that guys are buying for themselves. We could still fill general donations where the size is pretty open ... November 2019
  • An Emergency Services Physician for the Diplomatic Security Service purchased an Anorak for himself, November 2019.
  • A seriously disabled combat veteran bought an Anorak at the regular price, and later asked if he would qualify for WarriorWool ... he likes the Anorak so much he wants to get another, and he would donate his savings to the WarriorWool program!  November 30, 2019.
  • Jack and Paula from Illinois donated to USMC Scout Snipers, November 2019
  • Advisor Dave Canterbury operates the Pathfinder School where he and his assistants teach a wide variety of wilderness and survival skills. Dave and his staff normally wear WeatherWool. Sometime in October of 2019, Dave was teaching a group of US Military Personnel ... people who have a lot of flexibility regarding what they wear on Active Duty. The students tried out Dave's Anorak, and liked it a lot, so he gave it to them.
  • In October, 2019, we got a WarriorWool order from a Medical Doctor in the Army. She needs an XXSmall, which we have not made yet ... but we will! THANK YOU Dr Rita!
  • Donations from William in Maine on Sep 27, 2019;  Tim from New York on Sep 30, 2019; Nick in Cleveland on Nov 13, 2019; Balance from WeatherWool for a new Anorak to a new officer in the USMC, November, 2019
  • COOL! -- Here is one that I'm backfilling ... I'm adding this entry in January of 2021 ... Mark Solan, a veteran, in 2018 purchased a WarriorWool Anorak for his son James, in the United States Marine Corps. James just sent me a review and photos that can be seen on our Military Anorak Reviews page. THANK YOU SOLAN FAMILY!!
  • Another entry I'm backfilling (1 September 2021)... Rick from Virginia, a Veteran, donated two WarriorWool Anoraks in April of 2018

 

 This page normally handled by Ralph, with each entry having its own date.