It felt good to finally leave the house today after my self-imposed hermit like, p.j. clad Thanksgiving holiday! We went to church and then this afternoon my Marine Parent group packed up Christmas care packages to send to the soldiers.
Blonde rascal went with me and did a fantastic job packing boxes. We filled them with tons of items that our community so generously donated. Non-perishable food, snacks, Bibles, books, magazines, candy, DVD's, socks, toiletries, toys(decks of cards, whoopee cushions, water guns...) and handwritten cards.
Our Marine got orders to deploy to Iraq in May. With that in mind, I teared up a little while jamming those boxes full of love for our soldiers. Very soon that could be my Marine opening, with much delight, a care package from home. That could be my Marine spending Christmas in Iraq.
I prayed over each box I packed. I prayed that the package would bring joy to the soldier, that the soldier would know that he/she was loved & appreciated and most of all for his/her protection.
I was proud of blonde rascal for helping, he really had fun although he wanted desperately to dip into the candy supply!
I talked with him about the importance of helping others, which includes giving of your time just like he did today.
(Pictures taken with my phone...so excuse the poor quality!)
I don't know what the final count was....but I would guess about 300 boxes.
God bless our soldiers!