Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg has received word from the front line that our packages have been received by our loved ones in the military in time for Christmas! It is nice to have Santa arrive early for those who are deployed for the holidays.
Our last blog talked about the community coming together to collect items, box them up, and mail them to the troops.
Now, we would like to share a few of the letters that we received from the troops. This is your “tissue warning”. Tears may begin to flow as you read their words of thanks.
Teri and Blue Star Moms Fredericksburg
"Hey, I wanted to send you a message and tell you thanks for your care package. I would have liked to write you an actual letter, but considering the situation in Africa with the communicable diseases that are present and the amount of time it would take for mail to reach you, I thought this might be a little better. Terri, I really do appreciate your thoughts and efforts, and that of the Blue Star Mothers. I was pretty excited when Shelly told me that she had some friends who were interested in sending a care package. There are 49 soldiers from my unit here right now. We are part of a transportation unit. Most of us have been deployed over the holidays before, but we do have some junior soldiers who are away for the first time. Believe me, they appreciated the candy and kind thoughts. I don’t know how much the media is talking about the Ebola crisis anymore, but on this end it seems like it is going pretty well. Hopefully I’ll be able to extend a thank you in person when I’m back. Thanks again, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday."
Respectfully...Cpt J. Johnson
"Hello, I just received the package that you sent to me, I appreciate it very much, it's not often guys like us receive such great and heart touching gift as this, I thank you for your hard work and support; keep up the good job.
P.s tell Caleb I said thank you for his letter and that I promise to take care of our country and all of its citizens to the best of my ability, I really liked the drawing it helped me relax after a long day, and to have a jolly good Christmas."
Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg is eternally grateful for the local community and their support in sending these care packages. It is difficult to write about how your support makes me feel. There is a part of my heart that can go back 24 years and remember exactly how it felt when my husband missed Christmas. As I sit here, with tears flowing, I would like to end 2014 with a simple Thank You.
Thank you to every active-duty, retired and reservist member of the military. Thank you to your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncle, cousins, nieces and nephews for supporting you while you serve our country and please let the Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg know how we can support you as well.
Merry Christmas to all.