It’s just after 6:00 AM on Christmas morning and for some strange reason, my kids have already dragged themselves out of bed. It’s four to six hours earlier than these boys would wake up on any other day off from school. I immediately realize that I didn’t plan very well when I stayed up until the wee hours the night before. I was sure that I would get to sleep in because teenagers don’t get up early to see what Santa brings, or so I thought.
While awaiting the coffee pot to finish its cycle, I realized that I heard email coming in via my iPhone. “Wonder who would be sending me an email this early on a holiday?” I asked myself. Curiosity got the best of me and I decided to check my mail. As I began to read the words on my screen, I realized that I was receiving a message from a soldier in Afghanistan.
I can’t even begin to tell you how I felt. I was immediately brought to tears as I pictured the scenario which had just been described in this message from across the globe. We often get letters from the troops, but this one was different. He wasn’t just thanking us for the package. He was sharing how it was received. He painted a picture to show us what happens on the other side of this great endeavor we take on every month when we make care packages to send overseas.
It was fun to know that the First Sergeant and the Captain did a little something to make the distribution more special. It was overwhelming to think that a three month endeavor could land a pile of our boxes in the hands of our troops on Christmas Day. Not on December 24, or December 26, but on December 25. It was indescribable to receive a message in my home, directly from Afghanistan, as my family sat down to open gifts together. It was as if we were sharing the moment with the 927th Engineer Co from Louisiana, and the 201st Engineer Co from Kentucky.
Christmas just doesn’t get any better than this. I hope you will join us for OPERATION S.E.N.D. CHRISTMAS 2010. It’s a blessing you will not want to miss! Visit www.opsend.org to find out how you can get involved!