Clint got the care package I sent! There was some sort of mix up with the mail and we weren’t sure if he would get it before Christmas, so it looks like we lucked out! Today I got a quick email that he was drinking the gatorade and eating the beef jerky I sent, and that it absolutely made his day. It’s funny how to most people those things are no big deal, but for him it is a total morale booster. It makes me so happy that I can do such a meaningly insignificant thing for him and know that his week will be that much better because of it.
It’s crazy to think that there are some people that won’t get a single care package over the course of deployment. Recently I mentioned this to a friend of mine and she quickly decided to jump on the opportunity to do something to change that. She and the volleyball girls that she coaches made the decision that they are going to put together care packages for some of Clint’s co-workers that may go package-less this deployment. She told me that she thinks it is really important for her girls to realize that there are men and women making so many sacrifices so that they can have the freedoms and luxuries of home, and that this is a small thing they could do as a token of their gratitude. I can’t even begin to tell you how touching this is. It’s a great feeling to know that there are people out there who would be willing to do something like that for someone they don’t even know.
If you are ever interested in doing something to boost the morale of our service men and women overseas, there are a lot of great resources out there to help you do so. Find a friend or family member who knows someone deployed, or check out some of the links that I have posted below…
http://www.letssaythanks.com/Home1280.html – Send a free printed postcard to US troops stationed overseas.
http://www.ustroopcarepackage.com/ – Volunteer organization that relies on donations to send care packages and homemade pillows to wounded and deployed troops.
http://www.opgratitude.com/from_iraq.php – Write letters to those currently deployed, or to Veterans of previous conflicts. Website also lists different ways to fundraise, donate, or volunteer.
This holiday season there will be many empty seats at the dinner table and incomplete families patiently waiting the return of their loved ones. Numerous military personnel with be dreaming of their spouses and children from within the belly of a warship or a desert in the middle east. Let us not forget them, and always hold them close to our hearts and within our prayers.