Support the troops
I've received two e-mails in the past day from folks looking to make a difference in the lives of our deployed soldiers, sailors, and airmen.
One is from Wendy Sullivan at Canadian Angels, helping serving members:
I don't think it's too much to ask that we send over a letter, or a birthday card, or a packet of snacks to the ones who keep us safe. Show a soldier how much you appreciate them, and how proud you are of the work they do - become an Angel!
One is from Gerry Nichols at the NCC, helping those left behind when a loved one makes the ultimate sacrifice:
Canadian soldiers are putting their lives on the line everyday in Afghanistan to help protect our freedoms.
They deserve our respect; they deserve our appreciation and they deserve our help.
That’s why the National Citizens Coalition has set up a special “Support Our Troops Trust Fund” to provide support and assistance for the families of Canada’s fallen soldiers.
Gerry has informed me that while some administrative costs will come out of the fund, and the cost of the "Support Our Troops" magnets, 90% of the money will go directly to the families of soldiers killed in action.
For those who feel more comfortable dealing directly with military agencies, the Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency tells you how to mail care packages or letters directly to CF members, but for some reason they're not able to accept donations right now (I am consciously biting back a snark, here). Of course, you can always drop the troops a line, which doesn't cost you anything but your time.
I have to tell you, this gives me warm fuzzies - seeing individual Canadians picking this cause up. It's not like the military and the government don't take care of our serving members and their families, because for the most part they do. There are exceptions, but they try their best in most cases.
The thing is, CF members and their loved ones know that DND has to do that. It's nice when someone who doesn't have to do anything does, out of the goodness of their heart.
If you support our troops, here's a full spread of options to show that support.
Cross-posted to The Torch