Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Adopt a Soldier for Christmas . . .

To my dismay, the military will not allow you to send a care package to: "Any soldier in need." You have to have a name.

The problem is I don't know anyone in Iraq. The only one I knew personally was: Sgt. Bradley Bergeron, who was killed by a roadside explosive on January 6th 2005.

I'm trying to raise money to send a few care packages during this holiday season. A care package in this case consists of things our soldiers need but normally has to pay for. Such as:

AT&T phone cards
Baby wipes and body wipes
Batteries (AA)
Dental floss
Waterless hand sanitizer
Eye drops
Saline nasal spray
Black sunglasses
Foot powder
Disposable razors
Soap (non-scented because bugs like scented items)
Shampoo (non-scented because bugs like scented items)
Baggies with Zip Lock
Tube Socks
"Gold Bond" type anti-fungal powders
fleece gloves, scarves and blankets
lotion (non-scented because bugs like scented items)
Lidocane 4% cream

I managed to pick up most of these items at a Dollar General for less than 30 bucks. It only costs $8.95 to ship in a flat rate box you can pick up at the post office. $30 to $40 bucks is nothing compared to the price our heroes pay in time away from their families, living in desert conditions, not to mention risking their lives.

Make this a family event. It would be a lot of fun and a great lesson for kids. Let them write a personal letter and maybe send a Christmas card and of course a big "Thank You".

***Post Addendum: Go here for info on how to help: Donna Fleisher's What we can do for them


Kay said...

Is there someplace we can get a list of names?

Nicole said...

Excellent idea, James. There are a lot of outlets/organizations who gather these items and mail them bulk to soldiers.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

Thank you, Kay.

I forgot to put that in. That was the whole point. We need names.

If someone knows someone serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, maybe they can supply names of fellow soldiers they know of who could use a package.

donna fleisher said...

You know, buddy, that there are beaucoup organizations out there who are doing just this -- sending packages "to any soldier," but they have the good ol' U.S. government's approval. Like the USO or "Any" or Operation Gratitude. Quickest way to find a short list of these links is to go here.

Nope, this isn't a commercial for my website, but it's a better way of supporting the troops -- going through the channels that have already been laid.

Love your concern and desire to help. : ) The troops love you!!

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

Thanks for the info Donna.

I'm always skeptical of "organizations", so it's good to hear of good ones. looks like the kind of thing I've been looking for.

kwolph said...

Another great way to bright a soldiers spirits during the holidays is to send them a seasons greeting face-to-face. ooVoo is a free downloadable software that is great for this time of year and allows family and friends to send their holiday cheer and blessing over seas to soldiers who will not be able to come home for the holidays. All you need is a webcam and a few minutes to download the application. Check out the link to learn more: