Packing up boxes for Afghanistan and Iraq
Monday, June 28, 2010
I struggled with a blog entry this morning, and even though I am still riding the high from a HUGE (for me) loss last week I decided to write about something else I did this weekend. With our Nations birthday coming up this weekend, this is a good time to place it here in a blog.
I volunteer with an organization known as Soldier's Angels. The group gives me the opportunity to "adopt" a deployed soldier and support him or her with a letter a week and at least a care package a month. If this is too much of a commitment for some folks, you can also join and participate in a team. One of the teams I belong to is the Letter Writing Team. Each week I get a soldiers name (as many or as few as I want, on the day I designate) and I write a letter of encouragement and thank them for their service. If this is too much of a commitment, you can join and participate in TLC - select soldiers as you wish from a forum post and send a letter of encouragement. Or send a one time package to the soldier.
The temperature right now is over 100 degrees daily in the Middle East. This week I packed things in my boxes that wouldn't melt! I also added some fun with footballs and squirt guns. Washcloths to soak in cold water, and powdered drink mixes to add to canteens.
Whatever your politics, whatever your view on the war - these young men and women do a job that most wouldn't. For very little gratitude. When you are at your BBQ or viewing fireworks this weekend celebrating the birth of our Nation - please send up a prayer of safety for these folks. And if you want to know more about the Soldier's Angels organization check them out at www.soldiersangels.com
or shoot me a message!
Later this week I will blog about another great program for our servicemembers - "Cup O' Joe for a Joe" !