Little Things Mean A Lot - Write Letters to Soldiers
If you would like your children or class to write letters to soldiers, Packages from Homes will see that their letters are included with holiday packages. They do have some recommended guidelines for letter writing. Please read through their entire recommendations - including how to send from the school's address (as a group) in case a soldier would like to reply. School District policy may dictate only using the child's first name in the signature of the letter - check with your school administrator.
Here are some samples of letters that may give you some ideas of what to write. You can even include a poem from our Veterans Day poetry section.
About Packages From Home
Packages From Home is a non-profit organization located in Phoenix, Arizona. The mission of Packages From Home is to send care and comfort packages to deployed American military heroes who are stationed in active duty theaters around the world, as well as to facilitate activities that elevate morale of all veterans.
Kathleen Lewis founded the organization in 2004 while her son was serving in Iraq. She would lovingly send her son care packages on a regular basis - items of things we take for granted - like shampoo, bandaids, toothpaste or deodorant. She soon learned that her son was the only soldier in his squad receiving little comforts of home. Together, with some friends, they "adopted" her son's squad and began shipping packages from home to his entire unit. That was the beginning of the story.
Today, there are numerous volunteers supporting the troops. Anyone can submit a soldier's name to receive a package. Businesses make donations and volunteer time and energy for packing and shipping. Seniors and children alike all find a way to support the troops - either through letter writing, answering phones, hosting packing parties, coordinating volunteers or fundraising. They even have a program for businesses or scout troops to receive community service hours!
On the Packages From Home website, they share: