A couple of months ago, I was inspired to adopt two soldiers through two different programs. You can read the original post here. Although I served my country for almost 9 years, fellow blogger Gina reminded me that there was still more that I could do. Renewed with gratitude and remembering the hardships of deployment, I took action. The soldier adoption programs are a huge commitment that many people are not ready for. However, there are simpler ways to make a difference without the long-term commitment of adopting a soldier.
Cup of Joe for a Joe
Green Beans Coffee has a Cup of Joe program that allows you to buy a cup of coffee for a deployed soldier. Green Beans Coffee has several locations on deployment bases and it is an easy way for you to give the troops a “taste of home.” Each cup of coffee will cost you only $2 and you can buy as many (or as few) cups as you would like. You can include a personal note that will be given to each soldier when they receive their cups of coffee. You also have the option to include your email address if you would like to hear from the soldier that receives your cup of joe; or you could choose not to receive a response. Just this morning I purchased 3 cups and included this note:
I realize a cup of coffee isn’t much to make up for the fact that you are away from your home and family during the holidays, but I hope it will at least let you know that you are not forgotten. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
As we go about our daily routines, most of us are thankful for coffee. Instead, I propose we should be thankful with coffee.
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I am one of those soldiers. I am in Afghanistan right now. Living conditions are not as bad as it seems, when living in a fob. Although it is not too bad and could be worse, I understand how Americans like us can over look some of the freedoms and luxuaries we have in the states. Family is one of the most common and precious luxuaries soldiers can take for granted, while in the rear. Every morning before I walk to my place of duty, I see infantry soldiera mound up. I say a quick prayer for them and the success of their mission. Dayna, thank you for your prior and your continuing service you are offering with every letter, card, and care package. I wanted to write you back and tell you that you have successfully accomplished your mission and took care of your soldier. Not just as a former NCO, but as a good person, a beautiful child of God.
Thank you for your kind words Aldrin. I am happy to do it. Stay safe.