Send one more card and support a recovering soldier.
Staying in touch
Every other. That's about my pattern when it comes to Christmas cards. I always have the best intentions to write the cards but it doesn't always work out. As much as I dislike the process of writing the cards, I love the practice. It's great to hear from friends, family and acquaintances around the world. For some of the people I know it's the only time that we actually touch base...but it's meaningful nonetheless.
One year, about 17 years ago, Fred and I traveled back from France. I sat next to a couple who were on their way to visit their daughter in California. They spoke about two words of English. I spoke a few more words of French - but not many more. The flight crew had few French speaking personnel. So, I spent much of the flight translating and explaining...using my little French-Dutch dictionary (yep, then translating it into English - don't ask.) We made a real connection. So much so that we still exchange Christmas cards - in French of course.
Even though we hardly know them, the cards still mean a lot.
Sending an additional card
As I'm writing Christmas cards this year, I will add an additional card. This card will go to a wounded soldier who's served our country. I hope this will mean something to him or her and bring a smile or some hope. There's a movement to get people to add a card to make a soldier's Christmas a little more special.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner and Christmas a month away, it's time to write the cards. I spoke to my mom earlier and she's already started. How about you? Are you working on your cards yet? Would you mind adding just one more? One card can mean a lot to a soldier who's served the country.
Send the additional card to:
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20307-5001
Express your thanks and Christmas wishes to a soldier who has sacrificed for us. If you like this idea, pass it on. Let's spread the Christmas cheer and surprise these men and women with gratitude and Christmas wishes.