Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Service, from K*P

In Dr. Soldani’s class, you will do a service project. . One box goes to the VA Hospital, and the other goes to Afghanistan. It’s your choice to pick which one you would like to do. Either box goes to a former student of Dr Soldani’s.

This is a nice, thoughtful way to give back to our troops.

For the service project, I did both. I received 200$ and one letter grade. The box I sent to Matthew Reel in Afghanistan had a variety of things in it. I sent beef jerky, wipes, razors, shaving jell, tooth brushes, tooth paste, deodorant, noodles, and of course, pictures of me!

It actually felt really good sending a box to a troop. I felt very supportive, and thankful.

In the box, I also included a letter (which is sprayed with perfume).

My letter said: To my soldier. Matthew Reel, thank you so much for everything. You are truly my hero. There is no way I could ever thank you enough for everything you do for me, and our country. I am K P from Dr. Soldani’s class. I’ve heard a lot about you. As a part of my service grade I am sending you this box. I’m 19 years old and I’m the middle child out of 5 kids. I’m Greek, and have a big Greek family. I’m originally from Tampa, Fl. And I’m here in Tallahassee going to school. Where are you from? Do you have brothers and sisters as well? Do you play any sports. What are your hobbies? I have a cousin in Iraq right now serving as well. Every night when I pray for him, I will be thinking of you too. I hope you enjoy your care package with all the goodies I sent you. I also hope that you write me a letter back. I would love to hear from you. Like I said, I cannot thank you and everyone there enough for what you all do. You are amazing… (That’s all I can remember from memory).

Matthew Reel did receive my package and wrote me back. I was so happy in class when I got a letter back from him! I felt so good inside, Like I really did help someone. You will too I’m sure.

  It was great to become Matthew Reels friend on face book because I got to see how appreciative he was about our boxes! He even posted pictures up.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to meet David Lowe who is in the VA hospital, but I sure hoped he enjoyed what I gave to him. Things such as checkers, chess, card games, chocolate, magazines, word searches, and hygiene products were put in his box. Although I didn’t get to be the one to deliver his presents, I heard about how happy he was and how much he enjoyed everything.

I also wrote David Lowe a letter. I didn’t save this letter onto my computer but I wrote briefly about myself. Also, I told David that if he ever needs anything else to write me back asking me for it. I told David about a family member I had in the hospital for 3 years. I told David to get well soon so we could have classes together at TCC.

It’s truly amazing how you can feel after doing your “homework”. This project made me realize what I had to be thankful for in life. I’m healthy, able to attend school, and happy.

I highly recommend the upcoming students to do both these projects.

It’s worth the feeling it gives you.