Today is Veterans Day and it is an important day to celebrate the service of all American veterans and honor them for their dedicated and loyal service to this country. We should also take some time to remember and thank those who are currently serving in our military. They are continuing the tradition of many men and women that came before them, but all with a singular mission, to preserve our rights as a free society and the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
My father is an US Army veteran. At the age 18 he was drafted during his senior year of high school, was sent to basic training then shipped overseas to serve in the European Theater of World War II. On Veterans Day I always like to try to do something to commemorate his service, whether it is thanking a veteran/current military personnel, donate blood or take part in a community event.
Earlier today I took part in a Veterans Day volunteer event at work. It was with a great organization called Operation Goody Bag.
Operation Goody Bag is a student-centered project whose mission is to perform tributes remembering those who perished and express appreciation to our Military Men and Women, Veterans, and First Responders, through the gift of a Goody Bag. Operation Goody Bag is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization.
A Goody Bag is a brown lunch bag, colored in a patriotic theme, filled with lollipops, candy, a personal letter of thanks, and poetry. Since 2003, Operation Goody Bag has colored, packed, and shipped over 200,000 Goody Bags. Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Initiatives, and Donations, Operation Goody Bag provides all Americans with an easy way to personally express their appreciation to the men and women serving at home and abroad who keep America safe.
At my office we took over a conference room and set up an assembly line taking goody bags that were colored by various school kids from around the country and filled them with a number of sweet goodies and letters of both thanks and encouragement.
I had fun with my colleagues, stuffing the bags, looking at the great artwork done by the school kids as well as meeting two great current servicemen who were on hand to at our drive to help out.
It was so simple and easy to help. This is a wonderful service-learning project for students and children of all ages can take part in, but even an entire family can take part in helping out together.
My kidlets love to color and share their artwork. I’m picking up a bunch of brown lunchbags on my way home tonight and having them decorate in their spare time or when I need to keep them busy like when I’m getting ready for work, that time between them eating their breakfast & leaving for school, while I’m cooking dinner, etc. It doesn’t take long, in 10 – 20 minutes they could color a dozen of them. It’ll be great for them to color some bags to send to service men & women for the holidays – it’ll teach them about the sacrifices that are being made for them and about how they can give back.
If you go to Operation Goody Bag’s website, you can find out how you and your kids/family can help out and bring a little sunshine and goodness from home to these soldiers’ lives!
Now it’s your turn to share. How do you show your appreciation for this country’s veterans and current military servicemen/women?
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