The kindness of children can sometimes be amazing, especially when it comes to the men and women who keep us safe, and here are 6 stories of children who sent some awesome things to deployed soldiers.
1. What do you do when you have thousands of comic books and don’t need them any more? A really good start would be to give them to our soldiers. And that’s exactly what 9-year-old Carl did.
Carl got in touch with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and the woman on the other end, named Jennifer, was delighted that Carl would want to give his entire collection – 3,500 comic books – to our soldiers, and many of them would be sent to soldiers deployed overseas.
So Carl was invited to bring them to the military post in Trenton. When he and his family arrived with the many boxes of comics, Carl was given a hero’s welcome and given VIP status. Officers there awarded him with three different medals for his kindness.
Says young Carl: “Everybody who was outside applauded for me. I was so surprised I could barely stand!”
It was an incredible day…. for an incredible kid.
2. In Lyndonville, New York, Girl Scout Troop 82040 decided to send 56 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to American soldiers deployed in Kuwait.
When the boxes arrived at their destination, it was a real treat for the men and women stationed there. And because the young girls were so thoughtful, an officer suggested an American flag be flown over the post to honor them. That flag was later sent to the girl scout troop with a certificate of appreciation.
3. Letters are certainly something soldiers appreciate probably as much as anything. It keeps them in touch with family and the real world, where everything is just fine.
One particular letter received by a soldier was just priceless and far too good to pass up.
The letter reads: Dear Robert, Thank you for leaving your family to help protect America. My name is Christopher. I love video games! Hope you have a merry Christmas. We’re all proud of your bravery. From, Chris. P.S. – I’m a vampire.
4. Tristan and his sister Haylie are very thoughtful. The siblings, of Granger, Indiana, work on Operation Make Their Day, by putting together care packages for soldiers and sending them overseas.
In 2016, he and his sister put together more than 30 boxes containing a board game, spices, hot chocolate mix, magazines, notebooks, playing cards and a personalized letter.
Says young Haylie: “I would like to help make their days because I feel sometimes (soldiers) feel forgotten and that they need to know they aren’t going to be forgotten.”
5. Kayden, a 6-year-old boy from Meriden, Kansas, is far too young to understand exactly what soldiers do. But he DOES understand that they’re far away from home and their families miss them terribly, especially around the holidays. That’s why Kayden rounded up his classmates at school and started Operation Christmas Smiles.
The youngsters work together to make special, personalized cards for the soldiers and put together care packages for them. They were able to produce more than 300 packages for the men and women deployed overseas.
6. 9-year-old Miles Eckert of Maumee, Ohio, did one extremely nice deed, and it made an incredible difference. It started at a Cracker Barrel there in Maumee. Miles found a $20 bill lying in the parking lot and picked it up. Wow! That’s a lotta money for a 9-year-old. He’d be able to buy something really cool with it.
A few minutes later, a soldier entered the restaurant with his family. It was then that Miles stopped thinking of himself and started thinking of others. So he wrote a note to the soldier. It read: “Dear Soldier, My dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now. I found this $20 in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It’s your lucky day. Thank you for your service. Signed Miles Eckert, a gold star kid.”
Miles’ dad, Andy, was killed in Iraq only 5 weeks after Miles was born. Miles only knows him through pictures and his dog tags.
After the Cracker Barrel lunch, Miles wanted to go see his dad, so his mom took him. But he wanted to visit him by himself that day. His mom took a picture of Miles from the car visiting his dad, at a snow-covered grave site where an American flag was planted… And Miles told him about the soldier at Cracker Barrel.
That soldier who received Miles’ kind note and $20, Lt. Col. Frank Dailey, of the Air National Guard, reads the young boy’s message every single day. And the soldier says there was much more than $20 in that note. There was, for him, a lifetime direction. The lieutenant colonel gave away that $20, and it has been multiplying ever since.
When a national news channel did a story about Miles and the $20 and the soldier, many people wanted to give the boy $20. But those donations were diverted to something even more important for Miles… and many others. The money was given to a charity for children who have lost a parent to war… The Snowball Express.
Because of Miles’ $20 gift to a soldier, found one day in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel in Ohio, donations to help others have now reached more than a quarter of a million dollars. Somebody would be very proud of what their young son did.
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