Quite a few people we have met who do not have family members serving are always surprised that the enlisted active military (Soldiers, Air men, Sailors, Marines, Coasties) have to buy their own personal supplies (toiletries- shampoo, tooth paste, soap, shaving cream…..and goodies (snacks..) — they thought that these were issued to them— nope. Starting in Boot Camp–everything the enlisted has or wants– he/she paid for out of their own check.
We have suggestions of items that they might want/need — but that is not what is vitally important—what is really important is the connection back to home. The cards and letters that kids write– the notes of thanks, and American pride and acknowledgment and awareness and prayers that these enlisted men and women are serving far away from home-from their families and friends- that is more important than anything.
The care package, supplies and notes say loud and clear— from home with love. We did not forget you. We miss you. We can’t wait until you come. We are proud of you. We are grateful that you care enough about us to sacrifice your own freedoms to protect ours.