Sunday, December 14, 2008

SEND HOLIDAY LOVE TO OUR TROOPS! - A Great Family Project for the Holidays

Being a former military wife, I know as hard as it was to be the family at home without your husband, or wife, dad or mom its even HARDER to be the one away. This holiday season, why not make it a family project to reach out to those troops who cannot be home in the warmth of their home and family love for the holidays. Send emails to the troops! As a family, have each person write what they want to say to the troops to thank them, to pray for them, to entertain them... anything that will show them our love and support this holiday season. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, Community Relations, fosters public awareness and understanding of Department of Defense (DoD) missions; and sponsor this site, so you know it will get to our men and women in the military serving overseas. Below is a sample of an email sent... click here to read more emails that have been sent to those serving. It doesn't have to be that long, a minimum of 10 words is all they ask. 10 words/30 seconds, such a minimum investment of time with a huge ROI.
Dear Soldier; This letter comes to you from a nursing home in Rochester, Minnesota. At our facility, there are several veterans who have come together today to express their appreciation for your service and dedication, and to let you know that they truly understand what it means to be in your position. Most of our veterans served during WWII and the Korean war. Some did not see action, some were on the front lines. The men here want you to know how important it is to them that you have stepped up to defend the country they once defended. They are proud to be veterans, and although they fought in a different time, a different place and almost seemingly a different world, they understand what you do and why you do it. Veterans of Golden Living Center, Rochester, Minn.
For all my twitter friends, you can also post a twitter using the #HolidayLuv Hash tag. On Decmember 20th, I will gather all messages posted with the tag and send all of them to the troops. Lets show everyone that people in this "E-world" support them! We have the opportunity to show the world the power of people who link together to show LOVE and support; our troops will be amazed and they will know just how much support is out there for them! Click here to access the message template to send our troops HOLIDAY LOVE from all over the country (and world, for that matter). Agree with the war or not, it is that time of year when we should all promote Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward Men (and women!). Operation Phone Home is sponsored USO - an organization supporting our troops in ways you would never imagine! My personal favorite is sending the USO financial donations that go directly towards purchasing Phone Cards for the troops do be able to call home and hear their children and spouse's voices. Click the link and choose "specified donation" to choose which effort you want to support. Letters, packages, and emails are always great, but there is something special about HEARING your loved one's voices, the next best thing to being with them. From my perspective, a few minutes out of your day, will brighten many days for those who need to feel the strength that comes from KNOWING you are loved and supported.


Susan said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Joe said...

This is a great project you're doing here. Thank you.

Trish | eMOM said...

Wishing you and your family all the best this holiday season - from one military wift to another.

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