Monday, March 19, 2012

Day 79: Adopted a Soldier

When I was at Indiana University for college, the things that I looked forward to more than anything were care packages and letters from home. Usually they consisted of snacks or treats that I really missed, but weren't available in Bloomington (or I was too poor to buy for myself). About every month or so, my mom would send me a care package, and it would be awesome because it made me feel like I was home. The tradition even continued when I moved to California when I would get sent things like White Sox stuff or giardinara (for some reason, it was impossible to find giardinara in the Bay Area).

While it always seemed like I was so far away, thinking about how far from home our troops are makes me realize that maybe I was a little spoiled. Being able to hear from people back home, even strangers, help these men and women get through some of the most insane living conditions and situations that anyone could bear. As you may or may not know, I have already sent a letter and a pizza to soldiers overseas, but I thought I would take it one step further. So today, for my random act of kindness, I registered for the Adopt A Soldier program. Through this program, I will be matched with one of our brave men and women overseas, and have the opportunity to send letters, care packages, etc. It is the least I could do for someone who risks their life to protect mine and my family's lives.


  1. That is very cool. Today I took a page from your blog and gave away a free coffee card at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The man in front of me looked very tired - his 2 month old baby had just been admitted. I have to say I got paid back later in the day LOL!


  2. Nice job! I think soldiers have the hardest job of any American!


  3. I love the adopt a soldier program! My soldier and I have been best friends for several years now, and in a month and a half he will be coming home from his last tour of duty. This really is an amzing program!

  4. Thank you. During my 11 years in the Navy I met many people who wanted to ensure I knew how little they thought of the military, as well as those who stood silent and held their thoughts. There were few, though, that took the time to say a simple "thank you", or show gratitude in some way, which meant more than anything. I wanted to let you know that this random act of kindness touched me too. To see someone taking the time to recognize a service member is a reminder of why every second of my own service was worth it. Thank you for your kindness on this day, and those before and after. There is no greater gift, to a service member, than the reminder that their sacrifice is worth it. Thank you.

  5. I really have to give you kudos for this. Everything you are doing is wonderful, but the fact that you are blogging about each and every act of kindness really shows your dedication. We all know how tough it can be to blog every day. I think what you are doing is great. Very inspirational. Keep it up!