This year I was honored to help a blogging friend (my blogging BFF) with a project that she started last year with her family in honor of her dad. Before I tell you about this wonderful cause that will benefit our military members, I feel the need to tell you a little about the people behind the cause, Melissa and her father. Sit down with me for a few minutes to read this blog post that will explain the history of “Christmas Cards for the Troops“.
Christmas Cards for the Troops started in 2015 when Melissa from Adventures of Frugal Mom wanted to do something to honor her father and his eternal wishes to both serve and honor members of the military, no matter how small the cause. As a member of the service Melissa‘s father, Master Sergeant A.E. Greene served in Vietnam for the Marine Corps Military Intelligence.
He was a man who even after he retired from the military, still served his community. He was a police officer for 35 years, a member of the Lions Club & a huge supporter of Veteran Rights. – as quoted from Melissa
But back to my dad, this year I am missing him something fierce. But missing him hasn’t stopped me from continuing his legacy of giving back. There is one project that I have done for the past two years at Christmas. This project is very close to my heart. It is collecting and sending Christmas Cards to our troops who are away from their family this holiday season.
When asking Melissa to share a story about her father, she quickly came back with this…
My mom found a book that he had put together of all his military records. That is how I found out about his medals. Apparently while he was on duty he saw a suspicious truck and he went and checked it out. It was loaded down with bombs. He then alerted authorities. He saved a ton of lives that day and I never even knew the story. He never shared about his military career with us. Can you imagine if that truck had blown up I wouldn’t have had my dad . I think I was like 2 when this happened.
How can a man so courageous in his military career be so humble about the small actions that made huge impacts on his life and the lives of others? It was simply explained to me as, “this is the person he was. He always wanted to give back to others.”.
Having served our country during and after his time in the military, Master Sergeant A.E. Greene’s legacy continues through his daughter Melissa and her family. Melissa contacted the local veterans organization to see how she could get the cards from civilians to troops who would be away from their family and friends this Christmas.
Our military members selflessly sacrifice their lives and time away from their families to keep our country safe. Knowing that even just one soldier would be reached is why Melissa started Christmas Cards for the Troops. When she asked me at one of our blogger Meet&Greets if we could put together a card station for bloggers to address cards to our troops, it was an absolute yes.
Partnering with Melissa and the local veterans organization, Carolina Blogging was able to establish a local PO Box for any replies to the cards. Melissa worked with Hallmark to get cards and also asked that any attendees of the Meet&Greet bring along a box of Christmas Cards to donate and address to the troops. We were able to collect, address and Melissa delivered 300 cards to the veterans organization this year. She shared a photo on her Facebook feed of the cards on their way and I quickly messaged her and challenged her to shoot for 1000 cards for 2017.
Each card is personally addressed to a soldier and signed by a blogger, community member or family member of Melissa’s. Melissa wishes to express a heartfelt Thank You to Hallmark and those who donated cards this year. She also thanks Molly at Trifabb and the bloggers who attended the November Carolina Blogging Meet & Greet for their time and efforts to help collect and address Christmas Cards for soldiers.
Cards included words of encouragement, scripture and other personal notes from those who filled them out.
Melissa shared this message with me. It is a note added to each card to let a soldier know what the card represents.
I hope this Christmas Card finds you well. This project started last year to honor the memory of my dad who was a retired MGST in the Marine Corps, he died in January 2015 from the results of the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam. He was a man who even after he retired from the military, still served his community. He was a police officer for 35 years, a member of the Lions Club & a huge supporter of Veteran Rights. He was always proud to be a member of our armed forces. He loved to give back to the community. So, to honor his memory, we find little projects to do throughout the year. But Christmas Cards for our troops is one that we will continue to do. We have involved not only our entire family, but churches, schools, & several organizations in this quest to honor his memory. In case, you would like to reply to show the impact the organizations involved had on your holiday we have created a PO Box- as quoted from Melissa
If you would like to join us in this cause, it is not too late! We are happy to share the printable message to put in your card along with an address to send your cards to. You can get in touch with Melissa through her blogs email address by clicking here or contact Carolina Blogging via our Contact Us page. We are happy to share more details and the PO Box address setup for any responses received.
Christmas Cards for the Troops is not about the masses. It is not about fame or popularity. It is also not about a commercially stamped fad that will phase out with the New Year. Christmas Cards for the Troops is about sending a message to one soldier, many soldiers and possibly one day… all soldiers. It is about letting them know that Major Sergeant A.E.Greene’s legacy of thoughtfulness and appreciation lives on through others who still share this great country that we call home and the United States of America. Melissa and her family want the troops to know that they and their families are appreciated, thought about and prayed for.