care package delivered

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. 

Machine Shop Group Photo (Dec. 15, 2010) — Machinery Repairman 3rd Class (SW) Adam Ferenbach, Chief Machinery Repairman (SW/AW) Calandra Crawford, Machinery Repairman 2nd Class (SW) Johnny Leege, Machinery Repairman 3rd Class Christopher Lyon, Machinery Repairman 3rd Class Matthew Geurin, Machinery Repairman Fireman Christian West and Machinery Repairman 2nd Class Anthony Randall of A-division pose in the Gold Eagle Machine Shop in front of a Christmas tree from brass and aluminum shavings for the Christmas decoration competition aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are currently on a three-week composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) followed by a western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christopher K. Hwang/Released) 

xoxo,

 

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  1. That's really cool! When Corey went on deployment last, we (the FRG) made a calendar where all the wives, girlfriends, etc, could buy a calendar square and decorate it. Then the calendar went in the mess hall and everyone could see it. Then I suggested that we buy and make squares for the single guys who might not get one. It was really awesome. I think that everyone on the boat had at least one square (it was a flip calendar). Anyway, I think it's great to remember those guys. Corey said, when he was single, it was always depressing to be the one who never got anything or never had anyone waiting for him on the pier. Hope everything is going well with you ❤

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