I was listening to the radio this morning and heard about an outfit called Operation Gratitude. They need your help. They send care packages (more than 8,000 so far) to our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and across the world. The care packages are completely funded – they don't need your donations (although I'm sure that they would appreciate it and have a list of items they would like to receive). What they do need is a few minutes of your time.
Every care package arrives with a handwritten letter, and here's where we all can pitch in. They are preparing to send another 10,000 packages that should arrive in time for the 4th of July. Operation Gratitude needs individuals (and kids!) to write letters that make the soldiers know that someone is thinking about them, hoping their safe, and grateful for their service. It doesn't have to be War & Peace, even just a half page can really make a difference to someone who hasn't gotten a letter in a week or two.
More info is available on the Operation Gratitude website, although it was getting hit pretty hard this morning, so be patient.
When I go out of town, it's tough being away from my wife & dogs for even a day, so I can't even imagine what it must be like to be young, far from home, and in harm's way. If you'll excuse me, I've got a few letters to write.
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