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Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Gratitude Campaign

Watch this video. Just say thanks.

I borrowed this from Semper Fi Mom. She is another Marine Mom who has helped me alot. Thanks Buffy.

Remember me asking you to donate a Christmas Tree to our troops.

James Ward from Westminister, MD made Christmas a whole lot brighter for thousands of U.S. service member bravely serving our country by mailing them miniature, live spruce trees with ALL the holiday trimmings.

Mr. Ward started Operation Christmas Tree to cheer up his deployed stepdaughter and a few of her fellow soldier in Iraq. This project has become a national campaign. This year there were 5,000 trees shipped. Last year there were on 75 trees shipped. What an accomplishment.

There were 2,200 2 foot trees packed with bags of colorful ornaments and bettery powered lights that were mailed December 3 to individual service member, mostly in Afghanistan and Iraq, whose families paid $20 to the nonprofit organization.

Some of those service members also received 50 or 60 extra trees to share with others. Other batches were sent to chaplains in the war zone to hand out to anyone in uniform who wants one.

The $80,000 balance not paid by donations was covered by the Armed Forces Foundation, a Washington-based nonprofit that helps the families of deployed troops. Local businesses also collected donations.

Keep talking to me. Looks like I will be working out an additional 23 minutes tonight. Thanks to everyone who talked to me yesterday. Especially my Hoochies Anndi and Turnbaby, you know what you did... LOL ... smooches, gropes, hugs, rubs... If anybody wants to join me just let me know. Grab my exercise lady and post away.


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Comments on "The Gratitude Campaign"


Blogger the108 said ... (12/13/2007 10:25 AM) : 

This topic hits home for me because Dean just received his official orders for Iraq. He's being dumped in Mozul for fifteen months next October and won't be home until January of 2010 which gives him our next two Christmases in the middle of a warzone. The last time he was in Iraq, he unexpectedly returned home five days before Christmas and it was the best holiday ever. The Christmas after that, he was stuck in Germany after we had returned stateside and didn't make it home in time. That was the second Christmas he missed out on because there was an ocean between us but he didn't really celebrate. Maybe next year I can do something nice to make his holiday in Mozul a bit better :-)


Blogger Matt-Man said ... (12/13/2007 10:57 AM) : 

That's nice. Enjoy your extra minutes of work out. Cheers!!


Blogger katherine. said ... (12/13/2007 1:14 PM) : 

never doubt what a small idea can accomplish.


Blogger katherine. said ... (12/13/2007 1:14 PM) : 

and keep up the workouts...smile.


Blogger Travis said ... (12/13/2007 7:36 PM) : 

Sending these trees is a worthy thing.


Blogger Roger said ... (12/14/2007 7:53 AM) : 

Here's to your work out Dixie! Have a great weekend!! :D


Blogger Anndi said ... (12/15/2007 3:27 PM) : 

trees are good..


Blogger Anndi said ... (12/15/2007 3:27 PM) : 



Blogger Anndi said ... (12/15/2007 3:27 PM) : 

I did something?


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Blogger Anndi said ... (12/15/2007 3:31 PM) : 

Oh.. and you know important it is to me to thank soldiers in airports or wherever I may see them.


Blogger Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said ... (12/16/2007 9:16 PM) : 

we picked up a soldier at the airport tonight!!!

smiles, bee


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