October 30, 2011
I joined Soldiers' Angels about 4 years ago, maybe 5. I'd heard about it from a blog I was reading at the time and their mission to bring a piece of home to deployed soldiers through letters and care packages intrigued me. I checked out their website, read up on their organization, then put it under prayer to God. If I was going to do this, I needed to be sure I could fully commit myself to sending letters and care packages to the soldier I adopted. As they point out on the Soldiers' Angels site, this is serious business. After many months, I was sure that I would be able to support a soldier through my letters and packages. I can say that I've loved every single minute of my volunteer time with Soldiers' Angels. I've never needed them, but I know that if I had questions or needed support, someone from Soldiers' Angels would be there for me. They've grown and adapted over the years I've been with them, and they only seem to get better. I only wish I could afford to do more to support their efforts to uplift our military men and women and their families. As for what I've gotten out of my experiences...well, words aren't adequate to describe how much I've received by volunteering and by serving those who serve our country. When I sit down to write a letter, I give a piece of myself and my little life to a stranger, hoping it will take them out of their day for just a few moments. Perhaps bring a smile to their day. Having to stop and really look at my life every time I write to my soldier, it makes me see how blessed I am and how much God pours out his love for me. How could I not share those riches with someone who's far from their own family and friends? Since volunteering with Soldiers' Angels, I've found it's imossible to stay mired down in self-pity or self-absorption when I know my adoptee has given up more than I've ever been asked to give up...and they volunteered to do so. Soldiers' Angels has provided me with the priecless opportunity to serve those who serve all of us in this great nation. I can never thank them enough for allowing me this time to do my tiny part in giving back to our military.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The letters and emails I've received back from some of my soldiers has made me that much more appreciative of them and all they do.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
It would be nice to be more connected locally; to know if there is a local leader for Soldiers' Angels and if there are any activities for the organization that I could participate in as they come up.
Volunteer & I adopt one soldier at a time and send at least one letter per week and at least one care package per month.