Think On This, Please
I'm shilling. Regardless of what you think of the war in Iraq, there are still thousands upon thousands of lonely kids far away from home, and the holidays are coming up quick. I have a few friends of friends of friends deployed, but stumbled across this great website:
Even though we can't send mail/packages to "Any Soldier" anymore, this organization has been set up to fill that need. Basically what happens is that various military personnel agree to be the "point person" for a certain number of people...maybe their roommates, maybe their squad, maybe a whole platoon, just depends. If you send mail to a specific person, it will get there, and they see the "Attn: Any Soldier" line...and will pass it on to anyone needing a bit of a morale boost. Apparently there are plenty of soldiers who don't get much, if any, mail from home, and it's got to be hard to see others getting stuff when you are just as lonely and homesick.
I hit Target and Safeway and just grabbed whatever was on sale. These kids aren't picky, seriously. I won't go into the hows and whys of the process, the website does a much better job, but please think on even sending a holiday card when the time comes. I remember how excited I was to see a letter or package in my box at university, and I didn't have to face bodily harm.
All I can think is so many of these guys and girls are 18, 19, 20 years old...I could have taught them in 8th grade. How could I not send gummy worms and baby wipes when it's no skin off my nose and means so much to them?
by at October 04, 2005 5:49 PM