Friday, December 4, 2009

Ladies, I need your help.

As we all know, the holidays are filled with celebrations and gift giving. For many, the Holiday Season is also a time for charitable giving and volunteerism. To honor that spirit of charity, I want to share with you something I recently saw that touched my heart, and I hope will touch yours too.

I recently saw an interview with Debbie Tenzer, founder of the website She was speaking about the female troops in Iraq. Many of these women not only serve in combat situations, they also act as intermediaries and advocates for Iraqi women and girls. For the holidays, she was seeking donations for care packages for these courageous women.

Here is the information from

Far Away for the Holidays

Please help make the holidays sweeter for some female service members in Basra, Iraq. Any of the following gifts would be greatly appreciated:

1. Moisturizers: Fragrant lotions, shampoos, soaps, loofah sponges, etc. (Small samples are great)

2. Magazines (nothing sexy, please) Issues you’ve read are fine too.

3. Munchies: Cookies in the can, hard candy, microwave popcorn, nuts

4. Ground Coffee. (No decaf.)

5. Homey holiday decorations: an ornament, scented candle, stocking

5. Mail: Cards, letters and children’s drawings are the best gifts of all.

(No chocolate candy, please. The temperature in Basra is still in the high 70s.)

SFC Meyers, Aaron D.
34th ID, Fires Cell
APO AE 09374
Attn: HOL


[Many of these items can fit in a United States Priority Mail Flat Rate Medium Size box, which costs $10.35. Be aware there are special postal restrictions and forms that have to be filled out when mailing packages to SFC Meyers. Info can be found on the United States Postal website. Please don’t let a few forms deter you from brightening someone’s day.]

SFC Meyers will make sure that our gifts are delivered directly to female service members. If each one of us could take 10 minutes out of our day and send just a couple things, it will go a looong way in making this very lonely holiday season a little more special for these courageous women. They are true heroes who deserve to be reminded how much their efforts are appreciated, especially as they spend this holiday season away from their families.

Thank you ladies and i hope all of you are having a fantastic weekend!:)

EDITED TO ADD: i just mailed a package this morning... i used a medium size priority mail flat rate box and it only cost $10.35 to send the package. i was able to send about 10 magazines, two bags of candy and around 10 travel size lotions.


  1. I did this a couple years ago and it was awesome! :)

  2. This is a very great idea!
    Thank you for sharing... I will see what I can do :)
    (A Canadian thinking of the troops overseas!)

  3. What a great thing to do...esp. for our female service members.

  4. what a great thing! I think I'll gather these things up today :)

  5. Love this..I'll let all the teachers know at my school, they will eat it up!

  6. I think I may look into doing this... this is really cool!

  7. this is a great idea!! thank you for the info!

  8. So nice of you to do! My husband's store has a flat rate box sitting on their front counter to collect donations to send to the tropps too. I'm planning in getting a few things for it tomorrow.

  9. Love this idea. I'll try to get on it as soon as I can.

  10. What a wonderful idea! You and your blog are so cute!


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