Send A Soldier A Parcel
Let them know you care
Those of you who have spent any time away from your family and friends will know what it means to receive a letter from someone, anyone. To hold in your hands something that someone went to the trouble of writing just for you is enough to lift your spirits and make you feel connected when only minutes before you may well have felt very sad and lonely. To receive a parcel someone has gone to the trouble of putting together just for you is like being handed a parcel of love. It doesn’t matter what is in the parcel it is the love that that parcel symbolises that reaches the hardest heart.
The ultimate sacrifice
No matter what your beliefs may be about wars I am writing this article to touch the hearts of all of you who know what it feels like to be all alone. Our soldiers are in a faraway land in an unfamiliar environment in a culture that is so far removed from their own that may as well be on another planet. Our soldiers are missing their family and friends and they are surrounded by people who hate them and wish them harm. Being lonely is bad enough but to be subjected to hate on a daily basis is enough to wear anyone down. Our soldiers are making the ultimate sacrifice for us in a land where many of the people whose rights they strive to protect are hell bent on hurting them. It takes human beings of a very high spiritual level to do the job our soldiers are doing for us. Why is that, the good never complain or ask for anything in return? Our soldiers make no apologies for the job they have chosen to do for us and they do it without any fuss. These men and women are our brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, sons and daughters.
They deserve a few moments of our time
I am asking that you take a very tiny bit of time from your life to do something to cheer up one of our soldiers. You can reach someone’s heart today and let them know they are not alone. By sending a soldier a parcel of love you are telling them how grateful you are and that energy will have enough power to light up the world.
A parcel can only be sent to a named individual complete with military service number, rank and unit. So if you have a loved one serving in the armed forces then you already have this information and you are probably sending parcels regularly. There are however many soldiers who never receive a parcel. Some people just don’t realise how important receiving a letter or parcel is to a soldier on active duty so it never crosses their mind to send one. Our soldiers are proud men and women so you will never hear them asking you to send one. It is up to each one of us to empathise and wake up. Remember, “There go I but for the grace of God.” Someday you may find yourself in a similar position alone and separated from family and loved ones and you would appreciate someone asking for you.
Treats For Troops
There are lots of ways to reach out to a soldier and one way would be to contact an organisation that deals directly with the army and who have the details of the personnel who are being deployed to war zones. These organisations could also tell you exactly what the soldiers need because these proud men and women will never tell you. I would like to raise public awareness of two of these organisations and what they are doing for our soldiers abroad in harm’s way. Both organisations are called Treats For Troops one is serving British troops and the other is serving American troops. Click on a link to learn more about the organisation.
>>> Treats for British Troops <<<
>>> Treats for American Troops <<<
Organise a "Send a Soldier a Parcel" Schedule for a friend at war
If like me you have the details of a former student who is serving in the armed forces in a war zone then you could contact their friends and arrange for a parcel to be sent once a week or once a month so there is always a parcel of love on the way. How much time or energy would it take to choose a few items and put them in a bag with a note to say thank you? Facebook is an ideal platform from which to arrange that a group of friends make a parcel schedule like this.
It costs nothing to send a parcel that weighs less than 2Kg but I must stress here that you cannot write the name of the country you are sending the parcel to, you can only send it to the named individual complete with military service number, rank and unit.
What to send and what not to send.
The kind of things our soldiers look forward to receiving from home are;
Tea bags, coffee sachets, hot chocolate sachets, horlicks, small evaporated milk, salt & pepper sachets, tomato sauce, brown sauce, multi vitamin tablets, cup-of-soups, pot noodles, raisins, peanuts, crackers, crisps, biscuits, boiled sweets, soft chewy sweets, toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, deodorant, soap, lip balm, moisturiser, talc, wet wipes, shower gel, shampoo, tissues, cotton buds, sun cream, socks, pencils, magazines, quiz books, playing cards, paperbacks, dominoes, travel games, CDs, DVDs, fly papers.
Do not send marzipan as it smells like semtex. Do not send aerosols, alcohol, pump action items or magnetic items.
There is also a huge need for small toy cars, colouring books, pencils and colouring pencils for wounded children who are being looked after in the British Army Hospitals.
Say please and thank you!
Saying thank you is how we reconnect with our own souls and spread love in this world. Do not take for granted that everyone you know is receiving love. You can do your bit and make sure that once a week or once a month someone you know is definitely going to receive a parcel of love from home. I am asking you to please take this opportunity to reconnect with your own soul by letting someone, who is protecting your freedom, know you care.
This article is dedicated to all my former students serving in the British Armed Forces.