October 28, 2011
Soldiers' Angels has made such a difference in my life. When the war first started I was looking for some way to help. Then I found SA. When I first joined I was not very involved. I had one soldier that I adopted and that was it. Then I started to read the forum and realized what they were going through and how they were living so I adopted two more. Three is the limit so I started looking for other ways to help. I became involved with other parts of the group. I joined the Living Legends team. I make cards and send them to the families that have lost loved ones. I found a poem and a beautiful picture so I made post cards and I enclose them in each letter. I have received so many thank you cards back from the families saying the card/poem helped them so much. I shed tears when the cards go out and even more when the thank yous come back. This has made me appreciate those I love so much more knowing they are close to home and safe because others have volunteered to go fight for all of us. I joined the Deployed Medical Support Team and I make blankets and pillows to send them so those that are injured can be a little more comfortable. A little piece of my heart goes with everything I send over. I also joined the Chaplain Support Team and have become a co-leader with it. I have tried to learn a little about all the religions that our chaplains support so I can better understand what they need. I have learned to ask for things that our heroes can use. So many people want to help and just don't know how to and I understand because that is exactly where I started. I have had many heroes over the years. Some I heard from and some were silent but I hope that I have made a difference in their lives because I know they have made a difference in mine. I have received letters from some that wrote after they came home and said we make such a difference while they are over there, just knowing they aren't forgotten and that they are appreciated. I try to let them know that they are loved and prayed for and that they are truly America's Heroes. We are the only country that has a 100% volunteer military and they do this for all of us.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
getting letters from the heroes who thank us for what we do.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
no changes needed, just wish more people would join so we could help more heroes.
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
I cannot think of anything.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
made lots of new friends, have learned to sew more things, make more things.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & write letters, make blankets, make pillows, send food, send sheets, send things for the hospitals.