Saturday, July 31, 2010

I'm Feeling in the Pink

Happy Pink Saturday everyone!

I'm not much of a photographer, but I am pretty proud of this pic of one of my roses. Oh, and I'm not much of a rose gardener I'm doubly proud. It worked out well that I could have this pic in time for Bev's Pink Saturday at How Sweet The Sound today.

But my post today isn't about a rose.. it's about a special project that I recently started. I've been so elated about this that I have to share about why I'm feeling 'in the pink' today!

For the last several months, I've been looking for a project here in the Kansas City area where I could do something to help our soldiers.. but there isn't a lot in this area for some reason... well, not yet anyway... but that might become another story for another day.

During the course of my research I happened upon an organization called "Soldiers' Angels" which was founded shortly after 9-11 by two Moms with children serving in our Armed Forces. 

Last year, when my oldest son was in Boot Camp, I was astounded to learn that so many of his fellow soldiers never, or hardly ever, got a piece of mail from friends or family. That just broke my heart. So with the Drill Sargent's permission and the agreement that it would be 'occasional' (can't spoil new recruits!!), I baked and sent cookies to these young soldiers. You would have thought I sent manna from heaven.. the thank you notes that I received from these young kids will be treasured for the rest of my life (yes, to you and I they are very young kids willing to make a supreme sacrifice).

Through Soldiers' Angels, I found a place where, within a matter of a few mouse clicks, I was able to adopt a soldier serving in our Armed Forces. The commitment is to write a letter a week to my soldier and a once-a-month package of whatever I would like to send (snacks, toiletries, crossword puzzles, greeting cards, etc). Now I've added to that commitment by knitting and crocheting lapghans for our wounded warriors. There are many, many ways to help our soldiers. Regardless of our opinion on issues of war, these young men and women need our support. So, I do hope you will give their site a visit and check it out to see what might work for you.

At the time I adopted my soldier just over two weeks ago, there were 408 soldiers awaiting adoption. Today, there are 1,013 awaiting some special person to adopt them through cards, letters, and a monthly 'thinking of you' package from back home.

I'm telling everyone I know about this wonderful organization and several of you have already become 'Angels'. I can't begin to tell you how much better this has made me feel knowing that I am bringing a bit of joy and a smile to someone far away from home.

As my grandmother used to say....

Givers always sleep better at night

Thanks so much for stopping by from your busy schedule to visit my little corner of the world... I hope you have a terrific day! Be safe in all you do.


paola said...

I think this is absolutely commendable, you go girlfriend. We dont have anything like this on our part of the world.

Renkata said...

Hi Peggy,
I read the storry , it's so touching.
You are so kind and lovely.


i have always wondered how to find something of a penpal serving over seas. i can only imagine how lonely they must feel over there. many boys i went to school with are serving over there and have a wealth of family and friends to correspond with, but what about those who dont. its so very sad. thanks for showing us how to join in on this wonderful opportunity! happy pink saturday!

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

Just beautiful peggy! I hope all is well. Have a great wind!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Peggy, That amazes me too that so many of our soldiers don't have anyone "mothering them". I will definitely look into that link and thank you for making us aware of it. And kudos on your beautiful pink rose! xo Lynn

Sherri said...

That is such a wonderful thing to do. It is sad to know how many soldiers are just waiting for someone to adopt them. Nobody wants to feel forgotten. I wonder if we have a program here in Canada for our soldiers in Afghanistan? Now I'm curious to look into it!
The picture of your rose is so beautiful it looks like it is glowing. You should be proud to have taken such a beautiful picture and grown such a beauty too!!
Now I'm wondering if any of the local school children there would write letters? I know many teachers like their classes to have Pen Pals. That would certainly be an interesting class project! Good luck with everything, you're doing a wonderful thing : ) Sherri

Lizzie said...

What a wonderful thing. I am too going to look at the link and whn I get back from the UK will look at adopting a soilder too. Thank you for telling us all about it,

Payne Holler Cards said...

Thanks so much for letting us know about this link - wonder if the OWH people could also help?
btw, your rose is beautiful!!

Regina said...

Its a wonderful cause and organization.
Great post Peggy!
Happy Pink and a lovely new week.


Lelia Pierce said...

You are absolutely amazing, Peggy! I'm not a bit surprised by this post or that you have adopted a soldier. I'm on my way to do the same! :O)


fiberdoodles said...

Such a great idea. Happy belated Pink Saturday!!

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