Would you indulge me in a little PSA about something that I care deeply about right now?
My little (term used loosely) brother is currently serving in the most remote area of Afghanistan in the US Army. He called home tonight for the first time in 2 weeks and one of the things he said was to thank my mom profusely for sending a large box of the Crystal Light To Go packets for bottled water. He said those little packets were worth gold right now because it's so indescribably hot there (it get up past 115 regularly) and they have to consume so much water to survive. He was so grateful and of course he's sharing them with his buddies so they are going fast. He wasn't going to ask her to send more--he never asks for stuff from home, he is just happy with whatever we send--but she assured him we would send more ASAP.
It's not really like my brother to gush unless it's a really big deal. He's a soldier in the truest sense of the word. He is a little too proud for his own good sometimes.
I have to tell you, I take those little packets for granted. We have been buying one or two a week for convenience since they came out. It's $4 for 14 and each one flavors one bottled water. Spoiled. I know. But not anymore.
So here's the PSA. If you know a soldier, please consider sending a box or two (or ten) of these little refreshments to him or her, especially if he or she is deployed to a hot zone. It's a very simple process to mail things and this small token from home will mean a whole lot. If you don't know a soldier, I can point you to a couple of projects that collect items for soldiers, or you can send it to me and I will send it to him for his section.
This is not a solicitation. It's a call to action. Let's not forget in our day-to-day rush that there are husband and wives and brothers and sisters serving and protecting the call of freedom in lands far and near--in lands much hotter than the 99 degrees that it got to in Tennessee today and with far less of the luxuries that we so easily take for granted. It's a simple thing that anyone can do. Please. Take the time to make a difference in just this simple, easy-to-accomplish way.
(If you need help with the process, email me. I'll be glad to walk you through it.)
Thank you for indulging me.
Sarah <--- a proud and prayerful PFC Army Airborne Medic's sister!