Sunday, February 14, 2010

Ever Felt ....Lonely?...... Discouraged? ...Unappreciated? ......Forgotten?

Note:  This is a slightly updated repost of the original blog post on December 8, 2008.  I am re-energizing this effort.  The new goal is to send 50,000 cards.
while putting your life on the line for your country....

Picture a US Marine, sitting in a Humvee in Iraq, looking out into the darkness through Night Vision Goggles and thinking:
..... do the people back home even care that I’m here? I wish they would remember me and let me know that they care. Knowing that would really help me on some of these lonely nights. I remember when we got some cards from first graders a few months back. They drew pictures for me... for me. That was neat. But here, at Christmas, does anyone even remember that I’m here?

I don't know how a solder feels about getting mail – I’ve never been one. So I asked a friend and here is how he put it to me:

I know what it feels like to get mail in the service. I was in the
US Marines and when I was somewhere spread all across the
world, the mail was almost like having your first child. It was
really exciting to hear from home and just to know that
someone actually did care... You should have seen some of the
faces at mail call when they were calling out the names and
handing the mail out. But then those few including myself
sometimes.... that big smile of anticipation would turn into
a frown when I didn’t hear my name called. It felt like your
girlfriend just broke up with you and your heart tightened
up somehow...

Ralph, when I was in Bosnia, I remember getting postcards from
some 1st grade class, with drawings on them from the kids. I
felt special. I know you don’t understand that, but I am
actually getting teary eyed just remembering how it felt. When
I was over there, to have someone actually care felt really
good. I honestly, for the longest time, didn’t think that
America really cared at all about us during the gulf way back
in ’91. I always thought they were more interested in the next
episode of Alf rather than me trying to get safely back home
from this crazy war my president put me in.

(That’s from my friend, Vic Hutchinson.)
Realizing how that soldier feels is the reason I started my Massive Giving Group.

Here we sit in our comfortable homes with our little problems .... and some of us do have big problems.
In spite of your problems, by taking 2 minutes, you can bring some cheer and encouragement to 5 special Americans who are giving their all to serve their country.

How? By sending 5 post cards. Think of what it will do for them ... and for you.

Do something COOL. Right now. Today!

Help send 50,000 Post Cards to our Troops.

You'll feel great, knowing you've brightened their day.

1. Go to this web site: Send a Card
2. Pick out a Thank you card and send it. Send more, if you have the time.

Xerox prints the cards and sends them to a soldier
who is serving in Iraq. You don't get to choose
who gets them. But they do get delivered
to members of the armed services.

3. Then tell me how many you sent by clicking here ==> I sent some

  1. Enter the number you sent and your comments in the "Leave your Comment" box.

  2. Scroll down and click the button to the left of the words "Name/URL".

  3. Enter a name. If you want to remain anonymous (which often increases the fun of giving), make up a name so I can tell you apart from other givers.

  4. If you desire, enter the URL for your blog or web page.

  5. Click on the "Publish Your Comment" below where you entered your name.
4. Get the word out about this 50,000 card project. Send this link to all your friends, post it on your blog, or put it on your web page:

or this shorter version:

5. Return here weekly and send a few more. How about 25 per week? Can you do it?

Once a week in the upper right corner on this blog,
I update the total number that we've sent.

Here's what one soldier has to say about receiving these post cards:

Thank you so much for the post card. It is so nice to receive things in the mail here. Some would not believe it but the simple good feeling of going to the company mail room and the clerk saying "Yes, you have mail" is an uplifting experience. Even if it’s just a letter saying "hi" makes our day! Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers.
- An Army Sergeant
Wouldn't it brighten the spirits of lots of soldiers if
you and I get everyone we know to send several!!!
It is FREE and it only takes a few minutes.

Think of those soldiers receiving a bunch of these?
It doesn't matter whether or not you support the war,
our soldiers deserve to know we support them.

This takes less than 5 minutes and it's a marvelous way to say thank you. Please send some cards. Then take the time to pass a link on to others so they can do it also. We can never say "Thank You" enough to the men and women in our armed services.

Thank YOU for taking to time to support our military!
Now that you've sent some. How about sending some more.

Send as many as you have time to.

Enjoy your freedoms.  I hope you have a wonderful life.

Ralph Lyon

P.S. Please remember to enter how many you sent. (See step 3 above.)

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