Two posts in one day... This is getting out of control!
I haven't posted yet but I have adopted a soldier. I have felt since last spring called to try to figure out a way to help the troops. I think it was after watching that show on TV called Coming Home. I cry every episode but its such a special thing.
Anyhow, I can't say much about my soldier for confidential reasons. He is serving overseas until September of 2012. My job as a "penpal" is to write a letter or card a week for the entire length of his deployment. I am also allowed to send occasional care packages. I am in the process of sending out my first one tomorrow. I tried to send some necessities in addition to fun things and things characteristic to Wisconsin. I also had my kids that I work with in the morning make letters and color pictures and students at my internships wrote letters. It turned out really great. I think about him often and pray that he comes home to his family and friends safely at the end of his deployment. I have not received a letter from him yet. I might not ever but that's okay. Its more about making sure he has something to make him smile in mail call once a week.
If you feel like you want to get involved, the non-profit I went through is called Adopt-a-Platoon. You can click on the name and it will take you right to the website. It was really easy to sign up. They called me in a week or two and verified my information. Within two weeks I had the name of my soldier, even though they said it could take up to 6 weeks. I decided on just being a penpal because I am still in school and don't have a lot of money. You can choose to adopt completely which means a card/letter a week and at least one care package a month. I think it would be a great thing to do as a school/classroom/counseling department or just as an individual or family. If you have any other questions, let me know. All soldiers deserve to know that we are really thinking about them back here and that we really do thank them for their service of keeping us safe!
That's all I have got for today. I should get back to this presentation and paper that I have been procrastinating all break.