Last week we shared some great and simple ideas for creating a little Christmas for you, your friends, and family. But we also know that there is more to Christmas than making cute decorations and tasty treats for your loved ones. We also need to remember those in this world who help us everyday but don't always get the recognition they deserve.
So for the fourth day of our Twelve Days of Homemade Christmas, we wanted to share what we are doing to help the American soldiers who serve and protect us all year round. So many of them will not be spending Christmas with their families and friends this year, and we wanted to see what we could do to help make a happier holiday season for them. Homemade Nana turned us onto Soldiers' Angels, an organization that has dedicated itself to their motto, "May No Soldier Go Unloved". They have many projects that you can get involved with, whether it's making blankets for deployed or wounded soldiers, making up care packages, or donating baby items for Operation Top Knot (they make gift baskets for families of soldiers who are expecting or have an infant - they even send pink or blue bubble gum cigars to wherever Dad is stationed!).
For our part, we are participating in both their "Blankets of Hope" program, where you make handmade blankets for wounded soldiers, as well as the "Angel Bakers" program. This is a great way for the kids in your family to get involved, as well as learn the real meaning of Christmas.
Jill also found out about a program through the Walter Reed Army Medical Center where you can send holiday cards to veterans, soldiers, and their families all over the world (now through December 10th)! This would be another great way for your kids to get involved - just have them make a holiday card. It would certainly make the holidays brighter for someone! Just send them to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD
So this Christmas, while you are getting ready for your own celebrations with your families, remember those who cannot be with their loved ones because they are have dedicated themselves to serving all of us.