When I joined Soldiers' Angels I was looking to give back. My own father taught me what WW2 was like and that all looked for mail call. He recalled the time he got Limburger cheese in a shoebox It took two weeks to get that box.. It smelled horrible, and yet everyone wanted to have a taste... It was that little bit of home and a bit of food everyone knew. The box has not changed and the Soldier still loves to get Mail Call, but by being part of Soldiers' Angels we send boxes faster, know they are received, and the return is knowing we Angels make the day better for those who" DEFEND US EVERY DAY"
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.