My father was a sergeant in the US Army during WWII and sadly that era of brave men are almost all gone. But while growing up, he instilled in our family a sense of respect for those who serve in the armed forces. Their daily sacrifices are only intensified during the Holiday Season when many are stationed far from home. Many soldiers have new babies they’ve yet to meet. Many have not seen their wives, fathers, mothers, sisters or brothers in over a year. Many have few or no family back home to give them support and love. My father married my mother while on a 2-day pass during the war before he was sent to the Phillipines and they spent months and months apart before they could settle down for a normal life.
Each year I donate my time and money to a worthy cause. In the past I’ve supported, the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity during Katrina, the Make a Wish Foundation for ill children, the Woman’s Rescue Mission in my own hometown, among others. This year, I’m proud to say that I’ve worked with Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization set out to mail “care packages” showing our gratitude to American soldiers all over the globe.
Last week my husband and I worked on the assembly line, filling Flax Rate boxes with DVD’s, Girl Scout Cookies, headphones, magazines, candy, hand lotion, chapstick, batteries and an array of necessities and frivolties the soldiers rarely receive, amid hundreds of volunteers. The assembly line process is well-honed from the years since 911 when one woman, Carolyn Blashek started this great charity and I’m proud to say we sent out 4,000 boxes the morning I worked. An astounding 298,000 boxes have been sent since 911 and I plan to be there when we send out the 300,000 box.
So today, my question is what charity do you find near and dear to your heart? Do you have a favorite and would you care to share with us a story that has inspired you?
For each person who comments, I’ll be donating $1 to Operation Gratitude in my father’s memory as well as another morning of service to get those packages out to our soldiers before Christmas.
I’ll also pick from a random drawing to send TWO LUCKY winners a book from my back list as a thank you for blogging with me this year.
To learn more about Operation Gratitude click HERE.
I’ll be checking in during the next weeks, but this is my last official blog of 2007, but we do have some fun things planned so keep visiting us.
I’ve enjoyed meeting each and everyone of you and I wish you all a safe and joyful holiday!
Happy Trails and Happy Reading!