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Pay It Forward

This is such a cute and heartwarming story that is starting to circle the internet. Sometimes children do things you don’t expect. They are honest and innocent, and have a heart of gold.

Eight year old Myles Eckert paid it forward with a $20 bill he found in the parking lot of Cracker Barrel. Instead of buying a video game, when he saw a man in uniform, Myles decided to pay it forward.

Check it out:

Ohio 8-year-old turns $20 into priceless gift

Pay it forward.

Kait

Two Great Things on their Resume: Soldier and Olympian

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the Olympics. I love learning about the culture of different countries, the athletes, the competition, the sports, etc. I love it all and I’m sad I have to wait until 2016 for the Summer Olympics.

But here’s a great story that came out at the end of the Olympics. The US men’s bobsleigh team that won bronze is made up of civilians, an active duty soldier and an Iraq war veteran.

Soldiers past, present strike bronze at Sochi Games

Here’s another article covering the same topic:

Iraq veteran Chris Fogt gets first Olympic medal of U.S. bobsled career

Way to go, Team USA!

 

 

Kait

Heartwarming Homecoming

This is super cute! I just had to share it with you! It puts a smile on your face and will probably make you cry happy tears. Enjoy!

 

 

Kait

Operation Gratitude’s Military Support Programs

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Check out Operation Gratitude’s programs! Love them!

-Kait

Originally posted on Operation Gratitude Blog:

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Did you know that Operation Gratitude volunteers send more than 150,000 care packages every year?

Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities.  To do so, we have developed these unique care package programs, each with the goal of saying “Thank You” to our heroes:

NMCB 26Deployed Troop Care Packages: Our volunteers assemble and ship our hallmark Operation Gratitude Care Packages to deployed Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, each package personally addressed by name.

Recruit Care Packages: Our “Recruit” Care Package program thanks our newest members of the Military for stepping forward and devoting the next several years of their life in service to our nation.

Battalion Buddy Packages: We send cuddly stuffed animal “Battalion Buddy” packages to the children of deploying service members. Each Battalion Buddy wears a tag saying: “Hi Brave Young Warrior! I am…

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Lone Survivor the Movie

It’s been a while. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and we wish you a healthy New Year!

Have any of you seen Lone Survivor? My husband and I saw it the other week. It’s a very good movie. It’s also very intense. It’s not a feel good movie by any means. However, I think it is a war movie…a war story…that America needs. By that I don’t mean that everyone should go see it, by all means it is not a movie for everyone. It’s a true war story…with a little bit of Hollywood film making in it… but it’s real and it show cases what many servicemen and women do for our country, what they risk and sacrifice, what their brother(sister)hood is like, the dangers they face. It’s eye opening. It’s not for everyone, but if you are up to it, go see it.

Kait

Wreaths for Veterans

Christmas is upon us. 

The Red Cross’s Holiday Mail for Heroes deadline has passed. Toys for Tots deadline has as well. Wreaths Across America is still displaying wreaths on graves of our fallen heroes all across the country. Even though there was a snow storm this weekend, a few Wreaths Across America events happened in the Lehigh Valley. My In-Laws participated in one and my parents participated in another. 

The local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America participated in a Wreaths Across America event in Allentown yesterday at Cedar Hill Memorial Park to lay wreaths on graves and also to present Gold Star Mothers (Mothers who have children who lost their lives while serving our country) with wreaths. It’s a very nice cause. My Mother-in Law is a Blue Star mom and a member of the local chapter. 

Another Wreaths Across America event happened at Resurrection Cemetery in Allentown. This one was organized by Air Products

It’s awesome to see these events happening locally. What a nice tribute to those who served our country.

Here are a few articles about yesterday’s Wreath Across America events:

Wreaths Across America ceremony in Allentown honors veterans

Fallen veterans to be remembered at Wreaths Across America ceremony in Lehigh County

Veterans’ sacrifices remembered with wreaths on graves

 

The Celebration!

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Woo! Way to go, Operation Gratitude! Congratulations!

On Saturday, December 7, Operation Gratitude just delivered their 1,000,000th care package! Awesome! Thank you for all you do!

Kait

Originally posted on Operation Gratitude Blog:

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We celebrated our historic One Millionth Care Package on Saturday, December 7, when it rolled off the assembly line to the cheers of thousands of volunteers, supporters, Military Brass, Elected Officials and Hollywood Celebrities. Adding to the excitement was the reveal of the special gift for the recipient of the milestone package: A Ford F-150 Pickup Truck donated by 5-hour ENERGY®.

M2M 016Under a large tent adjacent to the California Army National Guard Armory, Event Emcees Fritz Coleman, Andy Chanley and Joe Garner welcomed active duty Service Members and Military Veterans throughout the day. Many of these men and women were past recipients of Operation Gratitude care packages, and wore specially designed pins saying “I Serve” or “I Served.”  Three previous Operation Gratitude Milestone Package recipients were in attendance: Sgt. Shaun Gallagher (300,000th package); Sgt. Eric Rodriguez (750,000th package) and Sgt. Samuel Mancilla (800,000th package).

Six World War II…

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