Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Supporting military families always has such interesting articles on a variety of topics. I read this one today and wanted to share it with you all-

Supporting Military Families

We read a lot about supporting our troops and that's extremely important but how often do we think about supporting the families of our troops? This article lists several things we all can do to support those who are on the 'front line' of supporting our troops.

I'd like to challenge you to find just one military family in your neighborhood, workplace or church and follow one of the suggestions in the article. It can be as simple as telling the spouse how proud you are of their servicemembers contribution and their sacrifice. Or, how about offering to help with decorating the outside of their house, or helping to get the Christmas tree set up? If you live near an Army post, you could contact the local MWR (Moral, Welfare and Recreation) office and ask if they know of any families in need this season. I'm sure each of the branches have something similar to the MWR, but I don't know what they call it.

Think about the things you do and did growing up and how much more difficult they become when you take one parent out of the picture. If Dad was the one to take the kids shopping for Mom's present, and he's in Afghanistan now, who's going to take the kids? If Mom always baked her special Christmas cookies and she's in Iraq, who will bake them now? If Dad always strung the lights all over the outside of the house, and he's recovering from an injury in Germany, will you let their house be a stark, dark reminder of their separation? If Mom was the one to buy and mail the cards each year, will you let them go unsent because she's stationed in Korea this year?

If you really truly can't find any military families, I'm not letting you off the hook. eCarePackage offers a variety of ways to help both sevicemenbers AND their families. But you need to do it now. The deadline for care packages in the states is 12/15.

Please, help support our troops this holiday season not only by remembering them, but also by helping to make their family's holiday a special one too. I am thankful and very blessed to have my husband home for Christmas this year again, but I too will go out and find some who are in need of a little holiday cheer this season.



At December 08, 2006 1:57 AM, Blogger Alicia said...

Sounds like a good idea, thanks! I'll check it out.


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