I started first with Soldiers' Angels on a team to give one box a month, but after meeting other Angels did my first full adoption. This is adopting one soldier and making a commitment to a letter a week a box or two a month. How exciting it got as I knew all the candy bars I sent this soldier enjoyed and shared. How humbled I was as my adopted Soldier only asked from toys and stuffed animals for the Children in the country he was in... He said"the children has so little here". Just like my own family I grew to knew and cheer when my Soldier was happy and give support when he felt lonely. A letter or a box is like having that hug from someone, or the blanket wrapped around... Simple things one box and yet so important. And when the Soldier comes home it is Angeling to give the pat on the back of welcome home and well done!
IT was 4 years before I joined as a Community Network Coordinator along with other CNC's to help guide those interested in Soldiers' Angels. The Tsunami Hit Japan within my first month and before I left for a trip to another state. Here I was a new CNC in front of cameras and asking people to give their time and talents to help our Angels in Japan. Still on the phone between other CNC Angels while waiting for my flights to see what more we could do to help the people of Japan with much needed boxes. All the time the Directors of Soldiers Angels assisted in what we could all help with.. What wonderful guidance they gave. When I did make it home we still had more work to be done. Memorials for Soldiers with Living Legends Team, Ice Cream socials at Veteran's Home, blankets to the Marines, cookies to the Army, and one more item.. Helping a drum hike walk to assist a man with a dog and a slugger bat signed by Governors of each state.... Now the Federal Day finally voted in on October 26, 2011 honoring "Day of the Deployed".... Each and every year.
For myself this Non Profit provides more for the soldier and connecting honorably and respectfully. Soldiers' Angels guards and protects each military need and reminds every Angel of the duty they hold to the Soldier and their Families. To our Soldier no matter what war or conflict they are or have been in they now know there are Angels who work hard to make sure they are loved and never forgotten. And like the box my own Army Dad got two weeks to get him, the new soldier miles from home get their own box at.... Mail Call ... and I can only feel my own Army Dad smile at me from above as a thanks for doing a good job taking care of the troops...... Thank you Patti Patton-Bader for creating a 501 (c) (3) www.soldiersangels.org for me to put into practice what my Army Dad taught me............. Diane CNC of Central Wisconsin.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
finding a recruiter new to our town who wondered about all the boxes being sent..... Having a Marine accept an award for shipping pallets to Joplin Mo and seeing him tear up that we Angels care. Being thanked by Veterans as we thank them too. ... and Crying with them in healing and in joy.... getting a Green Bay Packer Jersey unexpected... and winning the super bowl.... (the soldier who sent it was a Vikings Fan... )... Helping with promotion of other non profits,connecting and getting the job done.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Have a convention of Angels traveling from state to state .... or ..... a DVD from other Angels to encourage people to join and Adopt. More National coverage in media at a local level.
Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?
How much of an impact do you think this organization has?
Will you tell others about this organization?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
How did you learn about this organization?
Saw an Angel with Adoptee at Great Lakes Base many years ago in its founding and heard Patti Patton Bader on the radio or TV on joining.
What is this organization's top short-term priority?
Protecting our Heroes and ensuring they get the comforts of home while they defend US.
What is its top priority in the long run?
To continue until all of our Soldiers are home and still continue with all the Veterans.