Inspiring people to practice kindness and pass it on to others
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Raise a soldier's spirits and make a friend by adopting a soldier as a pen pal. Showing your encouragement and gratitude for the hard work they do will be appreciated.
Often soldiers don't get enough sleep or food and are dealing with difficult weather and high pressure situations in a foreign country. They are far from the comforts of home and working 24 hours a day. Let them know you care about them and are thankful for all that they are doing.
Your encouraging note or package may be the only mail they receive for weeks or months. While some soldiers to have loved ones back home, others may not have any. They may have become a soldier for a fresh start and may not have a support network to help them through the tough times. You can be the person that makes their day!
Don't just send a letter or card, send a care package. Shop for items that would be hard for a soldier to find in a foreign country--favorite foods or snacks, even some hygiene products. Put together a package and send it on it's way to a lucky soldier. Get your friends, family, co-workers or classmates involved. Have everyone in your family write a letter to include in the care package. Or encourage your entire class to adopt a soldier together. Each day have a different student write a letter, ensuring that your soldier will receive a different letter everyday for a month! If you really want to step it up, think about adopting an entire platoon of soldiers.
You can even use email to express your thanks. Ask your friends and family if they know someone who has served or is serving. Chances are someone will know a soldier. Ask if you can write to them and thank them for their service. If you are not able to consistently write or send care packages you can still help! Make a one-time donation to an organization that adopts soldiers. If that organization is located near you, offer to volunteer to help with filing or making cold calls.
I would like to be a soldiers pen pal. And I would like to share the idea with friends on facebook.
Shirley Motsenbocker from Oklahoma City Okla
I would like to be a soldiers pen pal. It would be nice to raise someones spirits and be kind:]
Tessa Slechta from Sioux Falls South Dakota
I think that this is an amazing idea, is there a website where you can go to start doing this?
Katie from Dunkirk Ny
There are several websites where you can make care packages and write letters to deployed soldiers. If you would like to contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org, I would love to have some caring women across the country to help me with a "pen pal" project I've begun for members of 2nd Tanks Batallion Bravo Company--my boyfriend is in the company and I wanted to find a way to support his men-- in the Marine Corps who don't have family/friends to receive mail from. Bravo deployed yesterday July 3rd and are going to be stationed in Afghanistan for 7-10 months. Their mission is going to be rough, and any letters are greatly appreciated to lift their morale. I would love to hear back, but if not, I can give you several links to websites. God bless.
Summer Stevens from Spanish Fort, Al
Hey I would be willing to write them some letters! I hope you don't mind but I will just email the address you have posted above.
Sammi from Indianapolis, In
Count me in!
Sandi from Mansfield, Tx
I would like to be a pen pal, please send me the info and address!
Toni Fisher from Arlington Va
I would love to help in your efforts to support our military men and women. My family recently lost a wonderful brother & uncle who spent over 20 years of his life serving the county he so loved. This would be an excellent way to honor my uncle and to show my support for our military.
Lisa from Otho, Ia
I remember doing this in high school during the Viet Nam war. Our Home Ec class also put together boxes of treats and items and sent to soldiers. I still have a beautiful oil painting that my pen pal soldier had painted of me from a photo he had.
Maxine from Indiana
I would love to do this because I'm also thinking about joining the military and I would very much appreciate something like this
Robert from Monrovia, Ca
My second grade class would love to adopt a platoon....it would also help them to read and write and understand what it is to do an act of kindness for someone.
Cperks@Dadeschools.Net from Miami, Florida
I am taking a course in Human Services and we are supposed to do Acts of Kindness first throughout our school and then through the community, this is a brilliant idea! I am going to bring this up to my instructor.... Thank you <3
Tina from Moncton
I would like to recommend a site I have personally used and is extremely reputable: anysoldier.com.
Diane from Montana
Just signed up cant wait to get started...Awesome idea
Penny from Maryland
Brilliant! I will definitely be doing this! :)
Amanda from Hawaii
This is a brilliant idea! I'd love to participate.
Chelsea from California
I think adopting a soldier is a great idea. Writing to a soldier, wow!
Estel from Perth
I would love to be able to help out and I really don't see why I can't take a little time out of my day to just chat to someone who maybe would like to hear about something other that what they are seeing everyday :)
Dom from Melbourne
I would love to write letters to soldiers that are risking their lifes to keep us safe. God bless them.
Jo Ann Arguijo from Eden Prairie,Mn
this would be fun. especially to hear from a soldier.
Emily from Ohio
Thank you all for your service and reaching out to our soldiers. God bless you all.
Cora Jacobs from Joplin, Mo
I can't wait to start this
Tristen from Ohio
This sounds like a really good idea. I am a soldier and mail is very short sometimes . . .
Mark from Houston
That is a great idea
Aunika from Lexington Ky
i like it, im going to try it sometime...
Essence from Pfafftown, Nc
My Mum 'adopted a soldier' when she was 19. That soldier is my father and they have been happily married for 23 years. He frequently comments that even though he had fantastic network of family and friends who sent his letters and parcels, it was the kind words of a 'stranger' that made his days. Such a small gesture can make a soldier's day.
Lucy from England