12 Days, Day 9

Today’s theme is giving and I want you to find some way today to "give" a little of yourself to someone (anyone) in need. Clearly, this is wide open. You could simply give a hug, a smile or words of encouragement to someone who really needs to hear your particular "vote of confidence." You could give of your insight, perspective or wisdom in a conversation, where perhaps you would normally hold back. You could say "I’m sorry" or "It’s OK, let’s move on" — giving someone your forgiveness and/or clearance to find trust in you again. Even for small infraction, forgiving words can mean a great deal.

After church today, my family (they don’t know this yet) will all be sitting down to create cards to send to recovering soldiers. I’m using the November Kit of the Month cards, designed by Becky (talk about a giving person) and we are all going to paste and poke (boys with glue sticks and brads – FUN) and create a package of Christmas wishes to send off to:

A Recovering American Soldier

c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center

6900 Georgia Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20307-5001

If your sending cards this year and have a few extra, why not say "thank you" and "Merry Christmas" to someone who I’m sure would appreciate it. I’ll try and post some pics later in the day.

I have one more …
I’m so in love with this idea and the vision that every child could have a computer …

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it’s called the XO laptop, and it’s the center piece of an opportunity that could bring about serious and needed change world wide. Read more, from the website …

A real world laptop for real world change.

Many years and an infinite amount of sweat equity went into the creation of the XO laptop. Designed collaboratively by experts from academia and industry, the XO is the product of the very best thinking about technology and learning. It was designed with the real world in mind, considering everything from extreme environmental conditions such as high heat and humidity, to technological issues such as local-language support. As a result, the XO laptop is extremely durable, brilliantly functional, energy-efficient, responsive, and fun. Come take a look.

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The very generous people behind this dream are extending an offer, called Give One Get One — which means, as suggested that you can purchase the XO for a child in a far away country and also have an identical laptop sent to your child. The particular option for giving is available only through December 31st. The laptops will be sent during the first part of 2008.

There many ways to give.

Comments

  1. http://www.snopes.com/politics/christmas/soldiercards.asp
    You might want to check this out before you start on the cards, I don’t want you to go through all of that work for nothing.

  2. That address has been proven NOT to be the one to use. Please fix your post so people send the cards to the right place!!

  3. The cards will not be delivered……unless there is a specific persons name on it …this sounds like a wonderful idea …..but it was even announced on the nwes the other night NOT to do this! please update your blog before people send these cards!

  4. please advise readers to donate cards to a local FISHER HOUSE, which serves the families of our wounded soldiers. And they NEED cards.
    Suzanne
    an ARMY wife

  5. This is not a valid way to send cards to soliers, please read this from the Walter Reed website:
    http://wramc.army.mil/Lists/WRNews/DispForm.aspx?Id=30&
    Susan

  6. Yes, one should not send letters to soldiers at this address-it has to do with security issues for the soldiers and such! It was a great idea though. Maybe you could send them to a Children’s Hopsital or Nursing Home?

  7. Sorry to be so long but you might want to try the address below. Our Girl Scout troops in town were sent the following info. about Christmas cards for soldiers:
    With the support of the U.S. Department of Defense and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and with help from Pitney Bowes Government Solutions, the American Red Cross will collect, review and distribute holiday greeting cards to wounded military personnel. For security reasons, the Red Cross will be able to accept only holiday cards but not packages. Red Cross volunteers will receive and bundle the cards, which will be shipped by Pitney Bowes Government Solutions. Then, Red Cross volunteers at the medical facilities will distribute the cards throughout the holiday season.
    Please address your holiday cards to:
    We Support You During Your Recovery!
    c/o American Red Cross
    P.O. Box 419
    Savage, MD 20763-0419
    Be sure to affix adequate postage. Cards must be received no later than December 27. Cards received after this date will be returned to the sender. Again, senders are reminded that “care packages” are not part of the program–send only cards and notes. Also, please refrain from using glitter or any other inserts that would not be appropriate in a hospital environment. More info. is here:
    http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/886696/

  8. I’m so glad that you all posted about this mistake – you cannot send cards out like this – they will, however, accept pkgs to the general address of small items for the soldiers such as small bags of candies or phone cards or cd’s.

  9. Tatia Diskin says:

    Check out the family group at Fairchild AFB, they will have a support group that can deliver these cards either to recovering soldiers or to soldiers leaving or coming home. Every soldier that is away from home really needs a card! Tatia

  10. I hope you were able to find a place to send all those wonderful cards…I too had heard about that on the news…

  11. I’m so glad so many people are smart about this!! I would hate to see all the cards go to waste!!! There are so many places that will accept cards for our military!!! Check out sites like AnySoldier.com or AnyMarine.com or SoldiersAngels.com or MarineParents.com They allhave ideas of what you can do and ways to send to specific persons.

  12. WOW I hardly ever read the comments, but I am glad I did this time. How wonderful that Stacy you have so many friendly and alert fans! I love your card idea and hope that it all works out for you.
    Also, the laptops are awesome! I have been following this project for a couple years now from when the idea was first introduced. I love that technology can reach and teach everyone.

  13. I sat down with my 4 yr old the other day and made Christmas cards to send to this same address. Only to find out that they wouldn’t be delivered. I am glad you posted about it because now I have some ideas from your comment section on where to send the ones we made. Thanks for thinking about our soldiers. My little brother is in Iraq right now & we worry so much about him.
    Thanks for all of your other great Christmas gifts too.

  14. Lisa in WA says:

    I have to second that that address is NOT valid for sending cards to wounded troops. I am an Army Family Readiness Group Leader, and this was officially told to me by the Army. No letters without a person’s specific name on them will be sent due to security issues.
    Thank you so much for thinking of the troops, though! Happy Holidays!

  15. like others have said that address is bogus… check it out on http://www.snopes.com
    Locally – we are giving to our local nursing homes… nice that you can deliver them yourself – too!
    Good luck!

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