Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Service Project & Letter (from Al*O)

During the course of this semester I chose to do the service project to the troops overseas in Afghanistan.

I also had extra items leftover from this project that could not fit into the box, and donated those extras to the vets in the hospital.

I felt sending a box of goodies to the soldiers serving in Afghanistan would really show my appreciation and thanks for all that they have done for our country. The box I sent contained soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, gel, board games, deodorant, cross word puzzles, cards, dice, ramen noodles and a few other items.

Inside the box was also a written letter by me.
Although in the letter we were supposed to write a story about someone we knew in the military or who used to serve in the military I honestly didn’t know anyone.

In my letter, I wrote a story about my life and my first year up at school 8 hours away from my family (which of course doesn’t compare to being half way around the world away from my family). By opening up to a stranger, a hero and telling him about myself it made me feel much closer to him rather than if I told him a story about somebody else. I told him I’ve never had anyone or known anyone in the army and asked him if he could write me back telling me his story. I wished him well and thanked him for fighting for our freedom. I then sprayed my letter with my favorite perfume and placed a picture inside of the box of myself.

A week or so later I saw pictures on Facebook of the boxes my classmates and I had sent. I added Matthew Reel on Facebook and saw he had posted a bunch of new pictures from what we had sent him. Some of the students had gotten really creative with the project and took pictures with a sign that said, I love a man in uniform and had a bunch of girls at the bar hold them up and take a picture. As I was going through all of the pictures I noticed one where my picture I had sent was hanging on his wall by his bed.

To see my picture hanging up by his bed really was an honor to me.

It made me so happy and proud to know that I could give back to someone who has sacrificed so much for our country.

This project taught me how good it feels to give back to those who do so much and how good it feels to be able to brighten up their day.

(by Al*O)