When I met my husband in 1983 he had already been in and out of the Air Force and was never deployed. My sister in law years later was having babies every year it seems and her husband was deployed. She lived with us most of the time while I helped her with her little babies and her lonely heart. At one point she was moving every year around the United States. He finally made it home and has an awesome career all these years later thanks to his Military training. I am glad I got to experience what being deployed is like for a family.
My husband has been a long time member of the VFW where we donate our time to help with ensuring the members are taken care of and have a support system in place. We have chili cook offs, baking fund raisers, auctions etc. I love getting creative and seeing the sparkle in many eyes. Especially Friday nights at the meat raffle and then dance later. My favorite part of the evening is walking over to Bill who must be in his 90's, I take his arm in mine and we slowly walk to the dance floor, we always do the waltz, his kids always smile and thank me, I always smile and say it is my pleasure and give him a peck on the cheek. Little things that make one feel warm make me happy to do.
The Cheerios sendCheer campaign is a program from Cheerios® and the USO to send “Cheer” to military families. You will find specially marked boxes of Cheerios cereal that will feature “Cheer” postcards. This is so clever, they can be cut out and mailed to military families through a partnership with the USO. For every postcard received, Cheerios will donate $1 to the USO to help support programs for military families. Cheerios has already donated $150,000 and will donate up to an additional $100,000 based upon the number of postcards received by November 30, 2012. Did you know there are more than 1.4 million active duty military members supported by more than 3.6 million family members, and 70 percent of married active duty military members have children.
How Does the Program Work?
Locate a specially marked Cheerios cereal box in your grocery store. After purchasing the box, there are just 3 easy steps!
Cut out the postcard found on the front of the box. You will see cut out lines around the "Cheer" in the Cheerios logo.
On the back-side of the postcard, write a message of encouragement or a simple "thank you."
Add postage, and drop the pre-addressed post card in the mail.
Once the postcards are received, the USO will distribute them to military families on bases and in USO centers. Sending your 'thanks' is a simple, personal gesture of appreciation that will mean so much for the recipient.
I will be adding another post on Sunday when I head to Walmart to pick up my special boxes of Cheerios, check out the display that is up now and send a military family a postcard. The #sendCheer Twitter party is this Thursday, (tonight) November 10th at 9pm EST. RSVP Here
Okay now.. Go over and visit cheerios.com and for information about USO, and the programs that are available for our troops, visit USO.org. Stop by Cheerios Facebook page and Walmart’s.
This post has been compensated as part of a sponsored charitable opportunity for Collective Bias