My husband deployed at the beginning of December in 2005. Although we did not realize it at that time, I was pregnant with our first child.
I packed up a miniature Christmas tree, tiny little ornaments, and my best cookie recipe in a Christmas Stocking to send him a little Holiday cheer. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, after all.
Six years and three kids later, we treasure each Holiday we have together.
There are many soldiers who have spent most of their special days apart from their loved ones. You can show appreciation for their sacrifice with a care package or even just a handwritten note. It is a small thing but it may mean the world to a deployed soldier and his family.
Cheerios and the USO have made it even easier to sendCheer with postcards on specially marked boxes of Cheerios.
On the way back one night, the kids fell asleep in the car. So, I popped into Walmart while my husband waited with them.
I searched and searched and even asked at Customer Service but no luck! This Walmart did not have the Cheerios in the specially marked box.
This minor setback turned out to be a blessing in disguise because I was able to go back the next day with my kids! Involving them was much more fun. I told them that we had a special mission to find boxes of Cheerios with a postcard to cut out. I explained that these boxes help sendCheer to soldiers, like Daddy, who are away from their families.
Success! My daughter spotted the boxes and the kids counted out ten.
Uh, oh. I think we need a cart!
Locked and loaded and ready to head for the checkout counter…
The woman at the checkout counter saw the loaded cart and asked if we were making treats. “Yes!” exclaimed the kids, “For the soldiers!” I pointed out the postcard on the box and explained that we were going to send off the card and bake some treats.
Once we loaded up the car, we dropped a few boxes off at friends’ houses so that they can send their own postcards. We are also donating two boxes through my daughter’s school’s food drive.
When we got home, my daughter cut the card off the box and wrote a little note to a soldier.
She wanted to write a longer note but there was just enough room for “thank you!” and some drawings.
After, we baked some treats that we’ll send off in a carepackage. Cheerios has a great website with recipes. We decided to make the marshmallow bars and add a little hazelnut spread to the mixture.
My kids were so pleased to have completed their special mission to help soldiers, like Daddy! I told them the story of Daddy’s Christmas Tree in a stocking and now they want to send carepackages to lots of soldiers!
Here’s your mission: Next time you are in your local Walmart, keep an eye out for the special displays of marked packages of Cheerios. Cut out the card and write a little note. When you drop it in the mail, you’ll sendCheer to a servicemember and General Mills will donate $1 to the USO.
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