Spreading the Love

Back in grade school, I was the little girl who never stayed in any school long enough to make many friends. No surprise, then: I nearly always came home empty-handed on Valentine’s Day. I’m not telling you this so you’ll feel sorry for me, but rather, so you’ll understand what I’m about to suggest.

It’s fun to swap cards and candy with one another — sweet, tangible evidence that we’re loving and loveable creatures. But this year, I’m thinking we might also reach out to the American soldiers who’ll find themselves a long way from home on February 14th.   

You can donate airline miles to help reunite returning troops with their families, buy calling cards so lonely soldiers can phone home more often, or send healing thoughts to wounded service members. Here, to make it easy for you, is a website that’s chock full of links to over 150 nonprofit, legitimate organizations whose sole purpose is to connect our military men and women with kind-hearted people like you

If you’re short on cash or time’s an issue, you can surely find a few moments to 
thank the troops by email. As one contributor noted:

A soldier in Iraq can’t see your ribbon,
Or the flag at your front door.
But a letter they hold in their hands,
To them means so much more.

Let’s work together to make sure none of our troops is forgotten on Valentine’s Day.

29 Comments

    • Inspiration hit me this morning when I saw front-page stories about soldiers in Iraq co-mingled with Valentine’s Day ads. I hope at least a few people take time to send our troops some love, too.

    • Inspiration hit me this morning when I saw front-page stories about soldiers in Iraq co-mingled with Valentine’s Day ads. I hope at least a few people take time to send our troops some love, too.

    • Inspiration hit me this morning when I saw front-page stories about soldiers in Iraq co-mingled with Valentine’s Day ads. I hope at least a few people take time to send our troops some love, too.

  1. A great idea coming from a person that has a special talent for placing things in front of us at the right time. I will do this in honor of your request. Thanks

  2. What a lovely idea! Our local Girl Girl Scout Group is sending cookies to the troops and I’ve ordered some. We all look forward to GS Cookies every year and our soldiers are no different. A little something from home. 🙂 Will send the e-mail or letter too. Nice idea.

    • I hope you managed to avoid the constant moving that most “military brats” were forced to endure.

      I’m a preacher’s kid…We hold the dubious distinction of being the worse kind of brats!

      • My siblings moved around a lot. I used to call them “aliens” because two were born overseas (on a little island off Portugal). I was born in Miami…which feels like a mistake. My family has roots in New England and that’s where I feel most comfortable.

      • Yeah, I’ve been following the story of Lt. Watada. It’s inspiring and tragic all at the same time. You heard that the Military Court essentially stripped him of his defense, calling it a “political decision” and therefore not admissable in a military court martial. I fear this brave and principled man is about to get the royal military shaft.

      • Yeah, I’ve been following the story of Lt. Watada. It’s inspiring and tragic all at the same time. You heard that the Military Court essentially stripped him of his defense, calling it a “political decision” and therefore not admissable in a military court martial. I fear this brave and principled man is about to get the royal military shaft.

      • Yeah, I’ve been following the story of Lt. Watada. It’s inspiring and tragic all at the same time. You heard that the Military Court essentially stripped him of his defense, calling it a “political decision” and therefore not admissable in a military court martial. I fear this brave and principled man is about to get the royal military shaft.

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