I got an email from my mother last night asking if I wanted to send a care package to a soldier. Well, of course I do. She sent me a list of suggestions for a care package.
The list if items came from Soldiers' Angels. After looking over their website, I decided that not only did I want to send a care package, but I wanted to adopt a soldier. So that's what I did.
Soldiers' Angels has a list of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines that need someone to send letters, cards and care packages. These people either don't have any family or friends, or they're not able to send their loved one letters and packages.
I have committed to sending a letter or card at least once a week and a care package at least once a month. Once I signed up I was immediately given a name, a branch of service, and an address to send letters and such to.
Writing a letter a week does seem like a daunting task, but when I think about the men and women that are risking their lives for me and my country, that are spending months and years away from everything they know and love, a letter a week seems like a small thing.
Besides, I wouldn't want to be the one left out of every mail call. The one that never got surprises and letters from home. You wouldn't want that for your soldier either I bet.
If you have the time and resources, this is a great way to spent them. If you don't have the time or money to commit to a regular schedule of letters and packages, they do have a letter writing team where you can choose how often you want to write a letter, or other teams you can join to help out.
With the holidays quickly approaching it may seem daunting to add another thing to your to do list, but they need someone to show they care, too, and it only takes a few minutes.
If anyone wants to add a letter or item to one of my care packages, just let me know and I'll send you my information to get it to me.
If you already give back to the soldiers let us know what you do so we can all get inspired.