I am SO excited!  I’ve been thinking for several weeks about adopting a soldier.  At first, I thought I just wanted to do something for the holidays.  I was looking into it and found several websites offering matching services.  I found it was hard to tell which sites were legit, but over and over I kept seeing the name Soldiers Angels.

Some info about Soldiers Angels from their website:

Soldiers’ Angels is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of providing aide and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard and their families. We were founded by Patti Patton-Bader, mother of two American Soldiers–one who returned home from a year’s deployment to Iraq in 2004, and another who began a 15-month deployment to Iraq in late 2007. We are an international organization with members in all fifty states, Puerto Rico, and several friendly countries who support America’s men and women in uniform, and were incorporated in the state of Nevada in June of 2003.

I was talking to my mom and telling her I wanted to do this but thought it might be “too hard” or “too much work.”  But then we decided, these soldiers are away from their families fighting for US and our Country.  Talk about being “too much work.”  I felt like a sissy.

So after some thinking and debating and getting over the “what if it’s too hard” mentality,  I did it.  I adopted my Soldier.

The agreement with Soldiers Angels states that I can’t tell you his name.  But he is serving in Afghanistan and is not scheduled to come home until March (ish).  I am to send him a weekly letter/card and a monthly care package box.  At first it seemed like a lot, but really it’s so small in comparison to what he is doing for me.  It’s the least I can do!

I would LOVE to have you (my beautiful, generous, smart and savvy readers) participate in this.  If you have any messages you want me to add to the box, feel free to send them.  You can leave comments and I’ll print them off, or if you have something longer you want to send, then use my contact form and I can print out your good wishes and send it along.  I think it would be really fun to have lots of encouraging messages to send him.

I would also LOVE to be able to send him an entire box of Holiday cards.  Wouldn’t that be FUN?  If you are interested in sending along a card contact me and I’ll give you my address for mailing (sorry but I don’t want to post it here since it’s my house).  I will need all holiday cards by December 1st to ensure (hopefully) that they get to him in time for Christmas.

I will be sharing my experiences with Soldiers Angels and my adopted here.  I think it’s such a small thing that we can do for the brave men and women that are serving this great Country of ours.  If you have ever thought about adopting your own soldier, be sure to!  Don’t let the “it’s too much work” mentality hold you back.

Now, off to create my first care package.  What should I put in it??  Ideas needed.  Thanks!