Freshman year of high school my Sociology class adopted a unit of soldiers. We each had our own soldier that we sent letters, mixed CD's,etc. to throughout the school year. A great experience and a lot of fun; I always enjoyed having penpals. Recently I received an email from my soldier through MySpace. He's a family man now, finished with the army, and now twelve years later he still has my letters and picture. He wrote me to let me know how much my letters meant to him during his year in Bosnia. His time in the army was rough on him and my words of inspiration got him through. WOW!!"Imagine all the people, living life in peace" John Lennon
I am so touched that he took the time to contact me, and touched that my words could mean so much. I did a little research and discovered several soldier penpal programs. A few links:
The programs vary, most include an option to be a penpal to a specific soldier, but some include information on sending care packages, with items such as shampoo, soap, crackers, books, scarfs, etc.
I am a proponent of peace, however I believe in supporting people and regardless of my political beliefs, I am grateful to those that chose to serve. I have decided to adopt a soldier. It doesn't take a lot of time, but can make a big difference in someones life. I am also interested in getting a care package together and would love it if anyone out there wants to contribute. Leave me a comment and we'll get started!