An Ordinary World

books, blabberings, and a life semi-common

Don’t Forget to Remember Me

I just wanted to take a moment to let any of my readers out there know about this beautiful non-profit organization I’ve recently joined. I heard about it through a, well, let’s just say a friend of a friend of a friend – a bit like six degrees, perhaps. Anyway, it intrigued me when I first heard about it and I went to the website but didn’t sign up. I didn’t have the time during those moments.

But I do now.

Soldiers’ Angels‘ motto (so to speak) is “May no soldier go unloved.” It is exactly what it sounds like. Volunteers are given the basic information of a man or woman in the military. Weekly letters are sent, as are monthly care packages. It’s a bit like having a pen pal but not always with the “satisfaction” of getting a response. And that’s fine because I know that sending the letters and packages is satisfaction enough for me.

I only just signed up about three days ago but already, I feel… content? I don’t know if that’s the right word. All I know is that after I signed up, I felt good. And when I wrote my first letter – just an introduction of myself, probably a page in all – I felt, in a way, accomplished. I was proud of writing that letter. For now, I sent a package through the organization’s store because I wanted to send something quickly before I worked on some care packages on my own. I’m excited. Sure, it’s a bit daunting, but I think this is really something I can get behind.

It does seem like a “project” that takes time and money but I feel like it’s something helpful and well worth what (in my case) may be lunch in midtown for a week. I know of at least one friend who signed up a few days after I did because I was telling her about it and a few others who started looking at the site to see if it was something they might be able to do.

So…

If you have a moment, take a peek at their website and see if it’s something you might be interested in.

In the meantime, I’ll wait for my free USPS flat-rate boxes to arrive so I can start my first care package.

 

Side note – I haven’t used this one yet but there is also an organization called Any Soldier. Various members of the different military branches write in with requests for care packages. If you’re interested in sending a one-time package, check out the website. I’m browsing through it right now, actually, in case I have a sudden influx of funds or just in case I find a unit that needs some basic things that I can put together quickly and easily.

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