This year, the second without my dad has been hard to get through, especially the holiday season. In fact, before yesterday we didn’t even have our Christmas tree up. But luckily, my younger girls took charge and after a girl’s night out with one of my best friends, I can proudly say that I have not one but two trees up in my house.
But back to my dad, this year I am missing him something fierce. But missing him hasn’t stopped me from continuing his legacy of giving back. There is one project that I have done for the past two years at Christmas. This project is very close to my heart. It is collecting and sending Christmas Cards to our troops who are away from their family this holiday season.
This year, I was lucky enough to work again with Hallmark on this amazing project. You see my dad was a retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant who passed away 2 years ago this coming January 5 from the many illnesses caused by Agent Orange in Vietnam. He loved being a Marine and even until his death he was active in many veterans organizations. So making sure that our troops are shown appreciation is very important for me because of who my dad was.
Last year, I started this project with just my family and a few friends. But this year, I decided to see if some of the blogging organizations I belonged to would want to help out with this cause.
At our September meetup, Blogging with a Princess , I asked Sarah from Carolina Blogging, if we could do this at our next meet up and she said yes. Here is a picture of writing out cards at our #GratefulforBlogs (More about this meetup to come) meetup.
Hannah from The Hannah Hardy writing out cards.
And then I emailed Molly at Trifabb to see if we could write cards for the soldiers at Trifabb’s meetup at Amorino in Raleigh. ( Don’t worry that write up is coming as well.) Molly, being a daughter of a veteran who also died from complications due to Agent Orange exposure, agreed wholeheartedly. I was able to snap a few pictures there as well. Which I will use in some other stories.
I am happy to say that this past Friday, I dropped off over 300 cards for our soldiers at our local veterans organization to be passed onto our troops.
But this year, we did something different. This year, included in each card was a brief history of this little project and how it started, including a P.O. Box for them to reply. I will admit that I can’t wait to hear about the impact that even one card will make.
So if you have a moment today, write an extra card for a soldier, whether it is someone deployed or someone here at home- wishing them a Merry Christmas and thanking them for their service.
I totally can’t wait to start this project again next year. The goal next year has already been set at 1000. But I so want to blow that goal out of the water. So what are you doing this holiday season to give back?