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.