Help send Christmas to soldiers

Veterans Day was only Monday. One common opinion many express on that day is that veterans should be thanked and recognized for their service not just on Nov. 11, but each day of the year.

The same is true for our men and women still serving in war zones overseas. Many of us are mapping out plans for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, deciding whose table we will sit at or who will be welcomed into our homes, as well as how much of a number of menu items will be served on those days.

Then, of course, millions are watching sales papers, preparing to storm stores on Thanksgiving evening and Black Friday to find holiday bargains.

While we will enjoy these weeks of holiday festivities, our American heroes will be overseas in a strange land. Yes, they have their brothers and sisters in arms; but being with comrades in a fight does not compare to the peaceful, enjoyable celebrations they have sacrificed in the name of America.

So let’s all do what we can to send Christmas to our heroes. Right now, we have two options to ensure those men and women feel love from home just in time for the most wonderful time of the year.

The first option originates right here in Jeff Davis Parish. Residents are asked to donate items that will be sent to American troops serving in Afghanistan. Requested donations include white socks; beef jerky; sunflower seeds; individual packs of peanuts; hard candy of any kind; packs of gum of any kind; packs of baby wipes; hand sanitizer; lip balm; and trail mix. Items will be collected until Dec. 4 to ensure they arrive in Afghanistan before Christmas. To donate or for more information, call Becky Vincent at 824-5315 or 842-1421.

The second option is to send a holiday greeting card overseas via the Red Cross. Through Dec. 6, the organization will be collecting greeting cards from Americans that include brief messages and signatures for overseas heroes (no hand-written letters, drawings or cash donations, please). The Red Cross will then sort, send and deliver the cards during the holiday season. Simply mail your greeting card to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD, 20791-5456.

No matter how little you can give, we can all at least afford to buy a pack of gum or a greeting card for a soldier this year.

Please do your best to wish our heroes a very Merry Christmas.

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