I know the young people think the good thing to do this Friday is go Trick-or-Treating! Well, it can be a good time, but also too much of a good thing! :)
On the Some Good for this Friday...
I am a member of Soldiers Angels - from their website:
Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families. Founded by the mother of two American soldiers, we are an international organization with members in all fifty U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and several friendly countries who support America's men and women in uniform. We were incorporated in the state of Nevada in June of 2003.
There are a number of ways to help through Soldiers Angels. I hope you'll visit their website and check them out.
One of the programs I have been involved with is the Adopt a Soldier program: When you adopt a soldier through Soldiers Angels, you make a commitment to write letters, send cards, send care packages and otherwise let this soldier know someone cares. This program provides a personal connection to an individual soldier for the length of their deployment. There are many soldiers in need of adopting. If you can commit the time and financial resources to this project, I hope you consider signing up.
The Adopt a Soldier program is just one many programs and teams available to support our troops. While this one requires a consistent commitment of time and care package sending, there are 19 other programs with varying degrees of commitment, if you want to give your time, your talent, your financial support to keep them going.
Over the past several years, I have adopted three soldiers. I have been involved with the Chaplain Support group. I am now on one of the Ladies of Liberty teams, supporting deployed female personnel. On the Angels Forum, there are calls for one time needs where you can opt to help fill special requests from various sources.
Currently underway for the 2008 Holiday season:
Wrapped in Holiday Spirit
As with every program, there are a number of ways to help. You can spread the word with the flyer from the site or by linking to them on your blog! You can make a blanket. You can sponsor a package. You can contribute smaller items to be included in the packages being sent. As you wrap a Soldier with the Holiday Spirit, you can warm your own spirit as well.
Another "something for everyone" organization. There are things to be done on a local level. Something as simple as sending cards to veterans, to deployed soldiers, to families left behind - to something as big as funding a voice recognition computer to help our wounded soldiers open lines of communication that have been taken from them.
I hope you check it out Soldiers Angels and find a way to help our service personnel and thank them for their service to our country.