Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sharing the love

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 excuse the poor quality!)

I don't know what the final count was....but I would guess about 300 boxes.
God bless our soldiers!


kristen lewis said...

What a cool project. I did not know that your Marine was going overseas. That is huge. I will pray for him and all of our men and women selflessly serving our country.

Tricia Anne said...

Wow! Seeing all those care packages really put issues into perspective for me (again) with all our men and women overseas. No greater love has a man than to lay his life down for his friend. Please (seriously) extend our family's gratitude to your son for serving his country! And a Marine at that! :o) Those are some tough guys! :o) We are so grateful for them!!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Mary said...

What a blessing that will be. I'm sure blond rascal will remember doing that for the rest of his life. Thank you!

Lori E. said...

Way to go B! That is such a nice thing to do and such a great example for BR to follow. A great example for us all to follow!!