After September 11, 2001, there was a huge sense of patriotism around our country, something that we had been lacking. Rather than adding to our collection of personal items we were giving our money and our time to help those in need. We were reminded that we are one country, united we stand, divided we fall. That day, those terrible actions and those awful image we saw on TV unified us. This year, let’s do it again, except this time without the loss of life and the attack on our home turf.
September 11 is a national day of service. Do what you want to do, but serve someone. Plant trees with your local greening committee. Put up a house with Habitat for Humanity. Pray for the country and our leaders. Take your elderly neighbor a plate of cookies. Or, you can do what my family and I are going to do: provide care packages for troops.
Our local Kiwanis club is always collecting items for the troops still serving overseas protecting our freedom. I always think it is a great idea and that I should send care packages to troops but I don’t know any troops and the prices of mailing overseas can get complicated. So I never do it. This, however, in honor of those who were impacted by the terror attacks, I will do.
We were provided with a list of suggested items: playing cards, flip-flops, nuts, granola bars, hard candy, drink mixes, silly string, beef jerky, baby wipes and travel-size toiletry items are needed by the troops to make their lives just a little bit better. I can do that. And I can do that without breaking the bank. And even better, I can involve my children.
At almost-four and two-years-old, it’s hard for them to participate in much, but this they can understand–sort of. I plan to take them shopping later this week to pick up the items and then we will go together to drop them off. I will document the process and we will get back to you on how it went.
So how did I find out about this? Through the magic of Facebook. I follow our city on Facebook and posted a message that I was looking for a project for our entire family and the city Facebook person suggested this. It’s an awesome idea and gives us a chance to do something nice for someone–something we don’t always make time for.
So do you plan to do anything? Whether you plan to do something or not, do you have any other ideas for families who might want to do something together?