We're having our monthly SMIA Atlanta chapter meeting at O'Terrill's pub Saturday at 9am. We're channeling positive energy and love for our troops by working on a project for Soldier's Angels. We'll be making goodie bags, cards and writing letters of appreciation which will be send to the chaplains in harm's way. The chaplains use these materials to minister to and comfort soldiers.
We're looking for: candy, snacks, easter candy, plastic eggs, fake grass, small toys, water guns, water balloons, gum, playing cards, hygiene items (including female items), toothbrush, tooth paste, floss, OTC meds, sunscreen, neosporin, gold bond, anti fungal cream, visine, stationary, envelopes, pens/ pencils and laundry detergent.
Also, we'll be making cards, so construction paper, scissors, glue, stickers, crafting or scrap booking tools.
Go to www.soldiersangels.com to learn more about the many wonderful ways to get involved with this organization.
The Chaplains are under a lot of pressure from the new administration to leave God out of their job. They are being very creative in ways to engage soldiers and bring in the comfort of religion. Some are asking for DVDs for movie & a message night, some are asking for blow pops or tootsie pops which they pass out to soldiers before they go out in the field. The soldiers know the "God pops" come from the Chaplains, who get them from volunteers back home. The pops help keep them awake and alert in the field, and they're used to make friends with children who often alert the soldiers to IEDs. It's amazing what a Tootsie pop can do. It just goes to show you that a simple gesture like ours will directly impact the lives of many soldiers who will know that they are loved and supported not only by the American People, but more importantly, by a higher power.
SMIA Atlanta has many great things in the works. We're working on a Tour of the Museum of Patriotism, and a volunteer day with the USO. Please join us in supporting our troops this Saturday at 9am.