Adopt A Soldier
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!
Step It Up:
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.
Keep It Simple:
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.
- If you live in the US, visit Adopt a Soldier to adopt a soldier as your pen pal.
- You can adopt an entire platoon as well! A great option for a classroom, church/religious group or athletic team.
- Maybe you know of a soldier who could use some encouragement. There is a "submit a soldier" feature on the Soldier's Angels website.
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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, email@example.com, 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
I would Love to penpal to someone and make their day a little brighter! Ashley from Oklahoma
I would love to send a letter to one of our military personnel who might not recieve any mail from home and so they can know that someone cares. I just need a name and mailing address to do this. Kristin from Rockwell, Tx
I would love to do this but how do I get started? I love writing letters. Knowing I can make a soldiers day for all they do for us. Count me in but direct me in the right direction please, firstname.lastname@example.org Priscilla from Utah
I would love the opportunity to be able to communicate with soldiers and learn things from them as well contact me at email@example.com Laura from California
I would like to become a pen pal but how do I start? I wan to show them how much I care and appreciate their work. Just point we where I need to go:) Julia from Alberta, Canada
I have no idea how to Find a penpal, but if you can tell me, then I can begin to share some kindness. Margie Martinez from Tacoma, Washington
I would love to have a pen pal a friend to talk too and be there for them also. Margaret Poirier from Webster Ma 01570
I would love to have a pen pal, but I do not know how, being a soldier's pen pal would be cool, lifting someone's spirits to know that someone out there cares for them. Kaitlin from Dover, Arkansas
Great idea! Count me in, Kelley Bredell from Corona, Ca
I would really like to be and make friends with soldiers.. what an inspiration you guys are.. Phoebe Wilson from Manila
I'd love to be someone's penpal. Keep their spirits up and help them get through their deployment. I'd love to get some more information. Hopefully you dont mind me emailing you to get some more info from you :) Kym A from Glendale, Az
Im not an american but im willing to adopt a soldier from america because i admire what they are doing not only in america but all nation, this is my way of saying thank you for always helping our country, hope you allow me to do it! GOD BLESS AMERICA! Thanks, Elsa Elsa from Philippines
I would find that writing to any serviceman very rewarding.. I have lots of time on my hands and love writing letters,it would give me so much pleasure knowing that a soldier had his spirits lifted by simply receiving a letter, card or parcel.. Just to know I'm making someone's day..making someone happy. Jean from England
Doing this has been on my mind for a long while, and I've finally decided to act on wanting to make a change to brighten a soldiers day. :) Stephanie from Sa, Tx
My nephew was in the marines and it always made me sad knowing some people had nothing to look forward to like he did. Kristina Cazares from Oakdale California
I would love to write a letter to a soldier overseas ! My Dad and younger brother both were in the Air Force! Dj Vance from Phoenix,Arizona
Hi, I would love to write a soldier & support them & brighten their day! :) Breonna H from Pennsylvania
I would love to be an encoragement!! How do I sign up to do it through email? Jd from Georgia
I have done the Adopt a Soldier program before with my children when they homeschooled. It was a FANTASTIC experience. I am now bringing it into the classroom for my Hospitality Students to engage a person for the shear fact that we can and should! Jena from Pa
would like to be pen pal.soldier Suzanne Little from Montreal Quebec
I would like to be apart of this, they work so hard Thelca Gibbs from Arima, Trinidad
I am 100% doing this! I have a father in the air force and I will send a package to him that he will share with the rest in his camp. Taylor from Pensylvania