gifts for servicemen instead of family members
My family and I have decided to take the money we are going to spend on each other and use it for gifts to the soldiers and their families fighting in Iraq...Each of us use our own method, but as an example we say "This gift comes to you from (name)"...
put name of family member you had intended it for
We also are seeking names of families in our community who have servicemen away at this time. We are chipping in to deliver food baskets toys etc leaving it on their doorsteps.
We have some who are visiting local hospitals where servicemen may be or one of their family.
This is just a few of the ways we are sharing gifts this year. I thought I'd tell you in case you wanted to do something similar.
Below are a few links on the internet. Also a name of a soldier there now ,who will be there til October of 2005. If you send him anything it is shared with several others in his group. Use the address exactly as it is shown.
Below is just an example they use of what to send you'll find more on the links I gave you.
LifeSaver drink mix
Gatorade drink mix
Assorted packages of nuts
Nutrigrain cereal bars
Peanut butter crackers
Welches Fruit Snacks
WATER JEL hand sanitizer (thanks to WATER JEL, who donated over 1700 packets)
Do not send home cooked meals! Packages could take over a month to get there.
REALLY good idea:
Put a self-addressed postcard into each package/letter you send (no stamp needed). Put a sticky note on it asking for the person getting your package/letter to write you a short note or simply sign the card and drop it in the mail so you know somebody got it. Will that insure you know? Nope, but it might help.
We are also including things for the Iraqi children and families...
the above link tells how to send...
PFC Stanfill Charles
Attn: Any Soldier
HHC 1st/ 506th INF.BN
APO AE 09381-5147
May you and yours have a wonderul Happy holiday and Happy New Year!
Merry Christmas;-) (I couldn't resist;-)!
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|Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader)
|This is such a heart felt and warm CHristmas as it is meant to be. Thank You for this wonderful idea and ways to make it happen. I think about them alot everyday! Need them to know that. Thank you for your Generous, Warm, Kind and Loving Heart.
God Bless You and Your Family,
Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year for you and yours. xo
|Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader)
|What a wonderful idea and thank your for suggesting it. I will reccomend it for church.|
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|God bless you, Eileen! Wonderful thing you are doing for our fighting men and women! God will bless you good when you get to Heaven!! Terrific write; nice to see that there are good people around! I am honored to be your friend!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
|Reviewed by Sherry Heim
|This is wonderful information, Eileen. I will be doing as much as I can this year to help our soldiers here and abroad and to help the Iaqi people who are in need of humanitarian support. This is what Christmas is really about. Thank you for this post and the links.
|Reviewed by Janet Parker
|Eileen, this is what "Giftmas" should be all about. I'd much rather give to my "families" in the projects than to anyone.|
|Reviewed by Cynthia Borris
What a terrific gift from your heart. Thanks for the sites. So many stepping up to help.