Last week I had the opportunity to help other members of my Kiwanis club pack up care packages for the soldiers from our community serving overseas.
To do my part, I went to CVS and I bought 15 bottles of hand sanitizer, 15 tubes of Chapstick, and 15 packages of candy. I spent about $50 and it felt great to actually do something constructive for our soldiers. At our Kiwanis meeting that night everyone worked together to assemble 15 boxes to send out. We filled those flat rate boxes to the brim with lotion and batteries, candy and jingle bells, gum and little goodies. Silly and inexpensive little treats that will hopefully bring a smile to a soldier’s face.
The next day I met my friend Jo-Ann at the post office and I helped her bring all those boxes in and get them shipped out. I was so proud of our efforts and wanted everyone going in and out of the post office to know that those boxes were going to our troops.
I hear a lot of talk about supporting the troops and helping out but this is honestly the first time I personally have done something tangible and I’m grateful for the experience. You see, I know some of the soldiers receiving those boxes. In fact, one of them is Jo-Ann’s son, Jim. He’s in Afghanistan right now, putting himself in harm’s way to serve our country, just as my friend Sharon’s son, Evan, has been serving in Iraq.
I know that Veteran’s Day is a day to honor our veterans and I’m proud to do that. But I’m also proud to honor our active military today as they are the veterans of tomorrow. So thank you, one and all, for serving.