Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Adopt A US Soldier

Today I'm going to share with you an organization that has recently become very dear to me. For a very long time I've thought it would be cool to send letters and packages to a soldier (or soldiers) who are deployed. Last month when trying to think of ways I can pay it forward I decided to look into adopting a soldier. After a quick Google search I came across Adopt A US Soldier, an organization that is designed to pair people just like me with a soldier to "adopt"... awesome! I quickly signed up and within 3 days had been assigned my soldier who is currently deployed in Afghanistan. You have two choices when signing up; you can sign up to send a single package or you can sign up to have a soldier for the duration of their deployment. We adopted a soldier for the duration of his deployment. I sent him an email the day I got his information and have had some good conversations with him since (he's even giving me suggestions on places to visit during our trip). I really like that adopting a soldier allows Amelia to get involved as well. She drew pictures and helped me shop for items to send in our package. I've used this as a way to talk to her about the different branches of military and explain what soldiers do. It has truly been an amazing experience so far... and we are only a month into this. I plan on continuing to adopt soldiers long after our soldier returns home.

In one email he informed me that a few of the men under him never receive letters or packages in the mail. Once I heard that I hit up the store and bought enough for him and all of the men under him. It's a simple thing to send someone a letter or put together a care package, and it means so much to those so far from home who are fighting for our country. I would love it if you all would consider signing up with Adopt A US Soldier and sending some love to our men and women in the military. It is really fun and such a great cause.

The First Care Package
I went to JoAnn's and bought some patriotic paper to line our box. Amelia picked out some letters and we stuck a little message in the bottom of the box.

Some of the stuff we put into our box. 

Amelia made this for our soldier. Isn't this the cutest thing ever!!!

Contents of our box:
shaving cream
razors
toothbrushes
toothpaste
hand sanitizer
floss
crystal light
water enhancer
jelly beans
reeses peanut butter eggs
ground coffee
peeps
cadbury eggs

Tips for sending packages:
*order boxes online through USPS. They are military boxes and the post office will send some to your house for free.
*pay for your shipping online to save money. Since the package is going overseas and through customs it can get a bit pricey. The discount given by USPS helps.

I'm already looking forward to sending our second package. We plan on including some chocolate, magazines and other yummy things they might be missing from home.

If you do sign up head back here and share your experience with us.
post signature

9 comments:

  1. This is awesome. I have had multiple family members serve (non active at this time) and seeing things like this make me so happy. They really do need all the support they can get.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Having email really makes this fun & easy! When I was a Brownie leader, our troop adopted a Platoon and it was funner for me than for the girls, since they'd forget what they sent, etc. They did send me a DVD of a bunch of pictures of the everyone in their day-to-day doings.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's awesome. It's such a fun thing. I'm really enjoying it.

      Delete
  3. Awesome!!!!! Love that you're doing this with Amelia! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm using it as a history lesson and researching info on the military to teach her. Definitely a fun thing for us.

      Delete
  4. What a great program! Thanks for sharing! This will be fun to do with my boys when they are a little bit older.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We are loving this so far. I even have my sister and a bunch of her co-workers adopting soldiers now. So great to give a little support to them.

      Delete
  5. What a great deed :) My husband and older brother are both in the military and have both been deployed different dates and countries. I knew some soldiers who didn't have any family so it was nice to throw in a couple things so my husband could give it to them when they received the package. I am thinking about doing this just as a just because!

    ReplyDelete
  6. You should totally do this. It's so fun and email makes it a lot easier to quickly check in and communicate with your soldiers.

    ReplyDelete