Today is May 1st. In addition to being May Day, this month is full of things and people for which to be thankful: tequila and tacos on Cinco de Mayo; teachers who give their time and energy to shape the future (7th); moms who are essentially teachers with less sleep and less thanks, and nurses who help to heal us (12th); among many other holidays. The most important to me is the celebration of those who fight, have fought, and have given their time…and lives…to protect our freedoms.
May is also National Military Appreciation Month, which is fitting to also celebrate Armed Forces Day (18th) and Memorial Day (27th.) If you’ve followed my blog or know me in any way, you know that I have so much love and appreciation for our military. If you’re curious,or may have forgotten, you may read about it here.
This morning I was sent an email from one of the suppliers that I use and it stopped me in my tracks. I was able to read the story of Corporal Adam C. Jones, who lost his life in 2011, while serving his country in Afghanistan. Sadly, his story isn’t unique and there is nothing in this world which is truly free, especially our freedom and independence. Factory Direct Craft is donating a portion of proceeds to Adam’s Hope, the charity established in memory of Cpl. Jones, which works to provide continuing support to all of our military currently serving. To read more and donate, please go to the Adam’s Hope website or “like” and support them on Facebook.
But that’s not all! There’s always more to do to help support our troops! There’s a varied saying that starts “Behind every great man…” and in this situation, behind every great man and woman serving our country is a spouse and family serving with them.
Creating Awesomenessity has also teamed up with Operation Shower! OS is an absolutely wonderful organization that works to provide a “Shower in a Box” to all of the expectant moms of military spouses. Being a military brat myself and having a love for children, I was incredibly honored that they would allow me to assist in their efforts. If you would like to support this cause, it’s really simple! They have a registry set up with Babies-R-Us so that you may purchase items and they will be sent directly to the organization. It’s found online at http://www.babiesrus.com/operationshower…no fuss, no muss, all appreciation!! If you’re not one for the online shopping, you may also stop by your local Babies-R-Us while picking up gifts for an expecting friend or relative, purchase an item from the Operation Shower registry, and ship it to them yourself. They are most in need of board books, baby rattles, and receiving blankets; the address is:
Thank you again to all of our troops. Regardless of political affiliation or opinion, what you do deserves the highest honor and support from those of us unable (or unwilling) to walk in your shoes.
Thank you for supporting our troops, they appreciate you more than you may ever know…