“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
For this service project, I chose the victory mail project. This involved sending a “care package” to a soldier in Afghanistan. I started off this project by making a list of things that would be practical for our soldier, and something that they would enjoy. I then went to my local Publix and purchased several of these items and placed them in a box along with a handwritten note in which I thanked the anonymous soldier for their service, and for the tremendous sacrifice they make defending our freedom. After sealing the package, I took it to the post office, and off it went to Afghanistan.
I have always been a person who has wanted to lend a helping hand, or assist others in any way possible. I found that this project fit perfectly with my beliefs because it allowed to me to help a person who has helped me in ways that I could never possibly repay them for. I figured that although this isn’t much, it will definitely put a smile on their face, and let them know that we are thinking about them back home.
I think this project had quite the large impact on the soldier that I sent it to because it is a small token of appreciation. In today’s society, people aren’t as appreciative or thoughtful compared to prior years. There is so much going on, and in the hustle and bustle of our very busy lives, we tend to forget about certain things and people, especially our troops overseas. With that being said, it is very important that we step back sometimes, and reflect on the sacrifices that people make for us in our lives, and we should try to express gratitude more often towards that person.