Ladies, last night I was reading Shades of Pink’s blog post about Veteran’s Day. Someone (The Myst?) mentioned you can adopt soldiers on Anysoldier.com. So I went to check it out…
Soooo many of the soldiers in Iraq requested Christmas items and personal hygiene items such as shaving cream, suncreen, and lip balm, as well as some snack type items. I have a soft spot in my heart for the soldiers who do not recieve packages while on a tour of duty, not just at Christmas, but especially during that time. My husband was stationed there for a year and the only things he recieved were from me personally, a few letters from his grandma, and a lady who had adopted him. None of his other family members even sent a letter.
So I have a plan that I am already spreading the word about at my work: Stockings for Soldiers! Stuffed with MK shaving cream, suncreen, and lipbalm!
Each customer will donate $10 for one soldier’s stocking. I will put one of the above MK items in each stocking (from dollar store) as well as some candy canes. I will be asking everyone who donates to also personally write a card for the soldier telling them Thank You and to have a nice holiday. I will be providing the cards.
My goal is to send stockings to at least 50 soldiers. I will not be taking profit from this, just ordering as many of the items as I can with the donated money. I will also be putting up a list of snack items that are commonly requested such as cans of tuna, beef jerky, and gummy candies. All are hard to come by over there and I will be putting a box out at my work and possibly my hair salon to take donations for these items as well.
If you want to finish up your star and help some guys and gals get a morale boost this season, consider adopting a soldier on AnySoldier.com. You can even look at their pics and get some idea of who you will be helping to cheer up. Mail is a huge deal to them and the items will get used as well.
Note: You cannot just send an item to Iraq. You must send it to a PARTICULAR soldier, so this website allows you to have access to particular soldier’s addresses so they can distribute the goodies to those around them.