I am a volunteer for a nonprofit organization called Soldiers’ Angels that works hard to help our soldiers who are based overseas. Their motto is: “May no soldier go unloved. May no soldier walk alone. May no soldier be forgotten until they all come home.”
This is an extremely rewarding way for ordinary people to show our military personnel around the world that they are not forgotten and that somebody does care. Through this organization you can adopt a soldier to send letters and packages to for the length of their deployment.
My family and I joined the Soldiers’ Angels organization in November 2007, and it has truly been a gratifying experience. We have heard from our adopted soldier several times, and it is wonderful to know that we have made her day a little brighter just by sending letters, cards and packages with simple things like books, magazines, toiletry items and snacks that she may not be able to get.
Any communication from home helps soldiers forget for just a few moments that they are far away from their loved ones. If you don’t want to adopt, you can sign up to send encouraging letters and cards to any soldier who needs a little extra morale booster, or you can simply make a donation that will be used to benefit the many soldiers who just want a small reminder that we have not forgotten them. There are many other ways that you can help. Check out the Web site, www.soldiersangels.org, and see if you can make a soldier’s day a little easier.
— Sherry Stokoe