Last year at Christmas time, the U.S. had 1.3 million troops on active duty, with more than 450,000 stationed overseas. Since we can’t stop time to allow for a homecoming, several groups and amazing individuals over the past decade have come together to send gifts of love and home to soldiers on deployment.
Any Soldier is a group that began when Army Sergeant Brian Horn was deployed to Iraq in 2003. His parents sent care packages every week – which he, in turn, shared with those men and women of his unit who otherwise went without such gifts. His parents upped their game and began to address future boxes to “Attn: Any Soldier.”
Kids For Kindness
Soldiers overseas also got letters from children last year – filled with gratitude and cheer. A local country music radio station in Arizona partnered up with Legacy Traditional Schools for the Letters from Home project. A total of 14,000 letters, gathered from 16 different school campuses in Arizona and Nevada, headed overseas.
Take A Breath
Americans are in a last-minute Christmas frenzy to hang their perfect decorations, purchase the coveted material gifts, and set tables. And the reason we are able to do this is that our soldiers are constantly protecting our freedom. Our men and women who bravely, willingly, selflessly keep our nights silent and cups filled with good cheer should be thanked this Christmas and every day of the year.
Take a breath and say a prayer for our boots on the ground. And dream of a day that all soldiers will be in-country and able to celebrate peace on earth.