A few months ago I was looking at posts on the AnySoldier.com web site. I have sent packages to soldiers in the past, but it had been about a year since I had connected with a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan.
I noticed a post that was not asking for supplies for the soldier, but was seeking school supplies for children in an orphanage.
I happened to have a bunch of beanie toys and some other supplies that I thought the children would enjoy. I boxed them up and sent them on their way.
I began thinking about the Marines who were more interested in helping children than in getting items that would make their lives a little bit easier. I went to the store and bought some sweets and snacks that I thought the soldiers would enjoy. I am the mother of a Navy veteran and I will always be a military mom at heart.
Yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a Christmas card with a Marine patch in it. I will truly treasure this gift because I know what it represents. Thousands of soldiers will be separated from their families this Christmas. I know that is tough.
Merry Christmas and Semper Fi, my friends. May God bless you and keep you.