I don't think I've ever mentioned on my blog that I write to deployed American soldiers. Yes, I am Canadian but our government doesn't allow (or didn't the last time I checked) us to write to Any Soldier except at Christmas. So, a couple of years ago (maybe more, time flies,) I joined Angels n' Camouflage. This is a group that sends letters, cards and care packages to deployed soldiers and those who have been sent home because of injuries. Angels has many missions but today I'm on a mission of my own.
Since I've joined angels, I've had three soldiers. The first received cards, letters and care packages from me but never heard from him. Soldiers are busy and don't always have time to write us, but we continue to write to them anyway.
My second soldier was also male. I made sure that when it was time for Mail Call, that his name would be called. J and I corresponded by email also, but it is important that deployed soldiers have a piece of mail - a card or a letter, that they can pull out of their pocket when they're feeling a little down or lonely. They tell me that makes all the difference in the world. All they want is a little recognition for their effort; to know that someone back home cares.
Last week was the last time I could write to J. He is coming home in November. Whoohoo! I hope he will have a bit of Leave time so he and his wife can get together. I am not sure if he is going to be deployed again.
I have already made out an application, been accepted and been given the name and address of my new soldier. This one is female. Boy, do I know some nice things I can send to her. Although I can't give out her name, I will call her S. She is very young and is thousands of miles aways from home. So, I thought I would have a Christmas card shower for her.
Yes, I know it is a while until Christmas. However, since I can't give out her name and military address, the cards will have to come to me and then I will mail them to S. The card can be purchased in a store or homemade. You can write a personal message in the card if you wish. You can include a small item such as a bookmark or prayer. You may put it in an envelope or just send the card. Whatever you wish, but please mail me lots of cards that I can forward to S.
Please take this time to show S that we are thinking of deployed soldiers during the holiday season and that we appreciate the fact that she is putting herself at risk to serve her country. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you my mailing address so you can get your card out as soon as possible. I can't guarantee that cards reaching me after November 15th will reach S in time for the holidays, so please mail your card over the weekend or early next week.
To create a little excitement for you as well as for S, I will put everyone's name who sends a card for her into a hat and have a Christmas ornament giveaway. For every person who comments on this post and lets me know they are going to use the button above (thanks, Anni) and tell others about this, I will enter their name into the draw an additional time. This is going to be CHRISTMAS FUN for EVERYONE!!! If you decide to join Angels n' Camouflage by following the link at the top of this post and you are accepted, I will add your name one additional time. So, you have three chances to get your name in the hat.
I do hope you will consider mailing me a card I can send to S. I want to make this a very special Christmas for this young lady and appreciate your participation. ~Blessings, Mary~