Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Soldier's Angels organization and opportunities for stitchers,quilters


Soldier's Angels


I have thought about joining this group for a very long time for many different reasons. I first found it when Brandon went to Afghanistan and I wanted to help in some way. Our country has been at war for a very long time and our troops need our support. Some have multiple deployments, many actually and Saturday, I decided to commit to a lifetime membership for Soldier's Angels.

I read about this non-profit organization for a while and asked a couple of people about it before making the commitment. I wish I knew how to quilt or knit, as this is the project I would pick to help. However, if you quilt, knit, sew, stitch, or like to write, consider participating in this group. There are soldiers that do appreciate home-made items and letters.  You can read more at their website here.

http://www.soldiersangels.org/

Some of the projects include:

Adopt-a soldier
Angel Bakers
Blankets
Cards Plus Team
Chaplain Support Team
Heroes and Horses
Letter Writing Team
Ladies of Liberty
Hero packs
First Response Backpacks
Eagle Cane Project
Operation It's Me
Operation Birthday Cakes
Scarves
Patriot Pillowcases
SA Germany
S.A.V.E
Operation Top Knot
Memorial Portriats
Living Legends
Wounded TLC
VA Crochet and Craft

and more

The website in the upper right corner will let you know from day to day how many of our heroes need someone to adopt them, support them, write to them, send a package at least once a month.
You don't have to adopt a soldier to write in order to participate in any of the programs. Being an amateur seamstress, I wasn't sure I could quilt a blanket but I do think I am going to make pillowcases. I also received the name/ address and info of the "adopted" soldier and will write to him weekly and send a package once a month. I'm also interested in making the scarves if I can find out more on their site dimensions, etc.

The reason for this posting is for awareness as I know there are alot of stitchers out there---very talented quilters too!

If you like quilting and want to contribute, the website will explain that the quilts are needed at the Germany hospital for wounded soldiers and also they are used at Walter Reed hospital.

I personally decided to make the committment to try to make a difference somewhere. Life is short.

I'm having some vision problems again with my left eye. Soon to have another eye exam. Saturday night went blind in the left peripheral vision for about 30 minutes. It was a scarey time. I'm assuming that was an ocular migraine again. I've only had 2 of these and hope I don't have any more. I'm due for a scan on the optic nerve again soon as well to see if the drops I put in my eyes are working. The drops are the first step in stopping the progression, then surgery if this is not working. I'm very photosensitive from the drops but just try to deal with it. I'm thankful God gave us all two eyes.

Till later,
Jennifer

5 comments:

  1. Sorry about the eye problem. I know it is scary.

    Thanks for the link and information. I will pass it along to our stitching group at church.

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  2. Sorry to hear about your eye problem. I will keep you in my prayers.
    I heard yesterday about a website Michelle Obama & Jill Biden are campaining to support for community support for troops and their families. www.joiningforces.gov is the link.

    I think it is so great that as a nation you are making this a priority. Might have to look into doing something here in Australia.

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  3. I hope your eye gets better Jennifer.
    What a great idea for a good cause.
    Marilyn

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  4. We would love to have new members to our Top Knot team! We provide virtual baby showers to expecting spouses of our deployed military. We really are a fun Soldiers Angels team to join.

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  5. Jennifer this is a very excellent organization. There are more soldiers then we know of who have no one that writes to them-I cant imagine not receiving any letters-but there are quite a lot. I work w volunteer organization that greets 95% of all troops going over & returning from deployment and we talk to a lot of the guys and letters-even from strangers-are so very helpful! its called ourstopinmaine.org and you can see pic of the guys and women who are going over-they all receive a handshake and personal "thank you for their service".

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