Operation: Christmas

Every now and then, an opportunity comes along where I feel like I have the opportunity to use the influence I’ve built here at One Artsy Mama to do something that really makes a difference.  Something that blesses others and makes the world a better place.  Today is one of those days. 

Recently, my new friend Annie over at Annie One Can Cook approached me about something close to her heart.  I immediately wanted in.  Because it matters.

Raise your hand if you know someone currently or formerly in the military.  I do.  Both of my grandfathers and both of hubby’s grandfathers served in various branches of the service during WWII.  My husband’s cousin is a Marine, as is his sister’s husband, who has served overseas.  My friend Jill served in the Army, and I have numerous other friends whose spouses have been away from their families for months at a time because of their dedication to freedom and to protecting our country.  Annie’s fiancé is in the military, as were her grandparents and many of her friends too, which is why this project means so much to her. 

{Annie and her fiancé…aren’t they cute?!}

It’s called Operation: Christmas, and it’s all about making sure that the men and women serving America overseas know they haven’t been forgotten.


The idea behind the project is that soldiers are “adopted” by individuals or families who are willing to send them a card, letter, or even care package this Christmas.

Here’s what Annie had to say about it: “One time, Brandon and I were talking about his time overseas and he’d mentioned how so many soldiers don’t receive any letters or care packages. This broke my heart. I feel that all of our armed service members deserve something as small and powerful as a letter just saying ‘thank you’. A small gesture like that can have a huge impact on someone’s life.”

I don’t know about you, friends, but I’m so ready and willing to do my part to thank the men and women who are away from their families this holiday season, risking their lives to defend our freedom.  Want to be a part of it too?

Here’s how Operation: Christmas works.

  1. Click here to sign up for this event (sign up ends November 30, 2012)
  2. At the beginning of December, Annie or I will email you with the name and address of your soldier.
  3. Send your soldier a card, letter, or care package (mail typically takes one to three weeks to arrive so the sooner you can send your card, the better).

It’s that simple! And you’ll be making a huge impact on someone’s life.

What To Send
Drink mixes (such a lemonade, Crystal Light, etc. for them to mix in their water bottles when they’re on the road), non-perishable food items, homemade crafts or gifts, books, magazines, candy, crossword or Sudoku puzzle books, playing cards, chap stick, personal hygiene products (such as shampoo, tooth paste, floss, soap, etc.), stationary, etc.

Note: It is not recommended to send homemade food items.
For a full list of suggested items, check out Adopt A US Soldiers site.

This is a great project for the whole family to participate in together.  I know I’m planning on having Little Crafter get involved in making/buying some things to put in the care package we send to our “adopted soldier.”  Thank you in advance for doing your part to make someone’s Christmas a little merrier.

Counting my Blessings,

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5 comments on Operation: Christmas

  1. Lynn
    November 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM (3 years ago)

    Great link for this cause.I’ll grab that button! My Daddy and brother are both veteran; my son has also joined the National Guard. He graduates from high school this year. It’s also true how many soldiers really don’t have anybody that writes or send anything. when my brother went to Iraq our whole immediate family saw him off but some didn’t even have anybody for that…it was sad.

  2. Our Pinteresting Family
    November 7, 2012 at 4:23 PM (3 years ago)

    Great idea! My sister’s boyfriend just returned home two weeks ago from Afghanistan. I know he really appreciated the care packages he received when he was there.

  3. Grandma
    November 7, 2012 at 11:40 PM (3 years ago)

    What a nice project…thanks for doing this..

  4. Hi, Im Kelly!
    November 8, 2012 at 2:50 AM (3 years ago)

    just signed up this is perfect :)

  5. Alicia Seeley
    November 8, 2012 at 9:49 PM (3 years ago)

    Just signed up!!! What a really amazing idea to have and do for these soldiers!!!


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