What is Operation SEND Christmas

WHAT IS OPERATION S.E.N.D. CHRISTMAS ??

NOV 7, 2016

If you have attended this event before, you already know how much fun it is! If you haven’t, then you may be wondering what to expect. Operation SEND is what we call our care package assemblies because we Send Encouragement to our Nation’s Deployed.

OPERATION S.E.N.D. CHRISTMAS is just one of the projects that MILITARY MISSIONS undertakes each year, and it is definitely one of the biggest!… so big that we must use a location that will accommodate hundreds. As a matter of fact, we are predicting this year to be the largest yet!

There will be several activity tables so be sure to make it around to all of them. Also, be sure to stick around for the group “SHOUT OUT TO THE TROOPS”. It happens around 7pm. If you know someone who is currently deployed, feel free to make a poster board sign to hold up during the shout out. These shout outs will be recorded and emailed to the troops so they can hear and see how much love and support we are sending their way.

REGISTRATION – When you enter the building, please make your way to the registration tables. If you plan to make a monetary donation, please do so at this table. This year we are having a “Branch Challenge” to see which branch of the military gets the most designated donations. We will have a board on display to show which branch is “winning”. We all know that the rivalry between branches is FIERCE! So be sure to support your favorite! You can pre-register online and then you will only need to check in at the registration table.

DONATIONS – If you have care package items to donate, please bring them to this table. When entering through the front doors, it should be directly in front of you.

INFORMATION – If you have questions or would like to become a volunteer, please visit the info table. You can also sign up to receive our email newsletter here. If you know someone who is currently deployed and would like to receive a care package, please visit this table and add their name to our list. You will need their name, full address, and estimated return date.

ADOPT A HERO – If you have adopted a hero from our website, you can drop your hero’s box off at this table. It’s not too late to adopt! We will have some names available to pick from.

CARD WRITING TABLES – The kids will be allowed to create their own cards by drawing pictures and using a few stickers. The troops REALLY love getting the cards they make. The adults can write a special thank you note to the troops and let them know how much they are appreciated. If you have extra craft supplies like construction paper or stickers (patriotic or Christmas) that you would like to donate, please bring them along!

GIFT WRAPPING TABLES – We wrap some of the care package items with Christmas wrapping paper.

GOODIE BAGS – Shampoo, Personal Care, Candy, Snacks, and Drinks – At these tables, we will be filling Ziploc bags to be included in the care packages.

VETERAN BAGS – At this table, we will be filling several hundred appreciation bags that will be handed out to veterans at local VA facilities. This was a new event last year and it was a very popular station!

THANK YOU BANNERS – Large sheets of paper will be taped on the wall for you to draw or write on. These will then be placed into unit boxes and delivered to an entire unit of troops.

GENERAL STORE – We will have t-shirts and a few other items available for purchase. We accept cash, checks, or credit cards.

PHOTO BOOTH – Write a message to the troops and take a pic with your friends or family. We will be sharing these on our webpage so deployed men & women will be able to see how much they are appreciated.

We hope you will thoroughly enjoy your evening at our Operation S.E.N.D. Christmas care package assembly. None of this would be possible without YOUR help and support so we want to say THANKS to each and every one of you. Look forward to seeing you there!! You can REGISTER here.

If you still have questions about the event, please feel free to call or text  (859) 221-9477

Email us at info@military-missions.org  or  webmaster@military-missions.org

YOU can make a difference in the life of an American hero!

Revisit the Past

Revisit Camp LejI recently had the honor and privilege of visiting the United States Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune, NC. My husband had been stationed there several years ago. He had many wonderful memories, but the last time he was there and the circumstances leading up to his departure had been heartbreaking and honestly devastating. The last time he was there, he went from preparing for his next deployment to being diagnosed with lymphoma cancer…

Hello From Afghanistan

As we head into the holiday weekend, please remember all those men and women that are deployed overseas. They are away from their family and friends and won’t be able to enjoy all the fun and food that might be planned. We recently received a very touching letter, and this seems like the perfect time to share it….

Hello Military Missions!

My name is Jeremiah and I am currently stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan. It is currently in the mid 100’s here in Afghanistan and unfortunately, the winds do not cool us down here, as they seem to actually make us more miserable and tend to make you walk around with irritated sandy red eyes.

We All Face Challenges

Atop the mountainMy husband doesn’t really enjoy accolades and he’ll tell you that he doesn’t handle compliments very well, to which I respond, “Get over it, because in this family you’re going to get both!” 🙂 This week my husband joined a group of 14 other combat veterans to participate in the Save a Warrior Project hosted here in Kentucky! For those of you who have not heard of this program, in a nutshell it is basically an awesome, tried & proven PTSD Detox program…

True Strength

StrengthSTRENGTH – as defined by Merriam Webster: “the quality or state of being physically strong; the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force; the quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined or effective way.”

Strength is the foundational word that comes to mind whenever I think about our armed forces personnel and their families/loved ones. It takes not only physical strength to be a part of America’s military fighting force, but it takes mental toughness as well. Those same attributes are displayed by the families and loved ones of our military. Every battle/situation a person faces is first determined (won or lost) in their mind. Where your mind goes, the rest of you follows is a true statement. If you believe you can or if you believe you can’t, you’re right! So to complete bootcamp, fight in a war, adjust to life after leaving active military service, all take a mental toughness and fortitude to successfully accomplish.

I see amazing strength in the faces of those elderly veterans at the VA Hospital who are battling not only sickness, but their own time worn and weakened bodies. Yet they still manage to return a smile and even provide a word of encouragement as they leave from their Chemotherapy treatment. Equally as strong are those veteran’s spouses and family members who are always faithfully by their side. Whether pushing them in their wheel chair around to their various appointments, asking questions, navigating the workings of the VA or sitting quietly by their bedside as they sleep, those spouses and family members exude a quiet, unassuming strength.

Spouses, whether of an active or retired military member, are some of the strongest people you will ever meet. Spouses hold down the home front when their solider/warrior is away, making sure life back home goes on and all is taken care of. Spouses provide support and encouragement for their solider and are the anchor back home that gives them hope and security while doing his/her job of defending our country and the liberties and way of life we enjoy. Spouses fight back tears during those phone calls and Skype times to make sure their solider doesn’t worry about them, but instead is reassured and encouraged and made to feel loved. Then cries when no one is around.

Strength is seen in the parent who sends their son or daughter off to bootcamp and/or war. Though worried out of their mind for the safety of their child, that they love more than anything on this planet, they tell them how proud they are, encourage them, pray for them and send them care packages. They do whatever needs to be done to support them.

Strength is seen in the solider/warrior that returns from combat, scarred physical and/or mentally from the horror and trauma they witnessed and endured. They are lions living among lambs…. the training and way of life they learned in combat that kept them alive makes them feel like an outsider and an alien when they come back to civilian life. Day in and day out they try to fit in and conform and readjust to the world they return to. Although many times uncomfortable, fighting hopelessness and feeling like an outcast they still keep trying and fighting to survive.

I want to close out the topic of strength with this…. It is NOT weak to ask for help. True strength is knowing when you need help and then asking for it. No matter where you may see yourself in the examples I’ve written about above, find a support system for yourself. Reach out to a friend, family or someone you trust. Go online and find one of the many resources and organizations setup to provide support. Contact the VA, tell them what you need and take advantage of the programs they offer. Help is available. Don’t suffer needlessly. You’re there for others, when the time comes let someone be there for you.

~Faith

Hearts for Heroes Final Meeting

We would like to invite everyone to this weeks Hearts for Heroes meeting on Nov 13th. Please read the following from Kylene, the meeting leader…

Dearest Friends,

I am sending the Hearts for Heroes email reminder for the last time. Our November meeting will be the final ‘official’ gathering. Nothing is wrong or happened, it’s something I’ve been thinking about lately. So many want and hope to come to the meetings but life, kids, jobs, other commitments, etc. just aren’t making it possible to do it all!  The decision is simply that the world and our lives have changed in such a way that it’s  just time to move on. And I want this to be clear, moving on is healthy when there’s no longer that need in your life.

This group has been a true blessing to  me from the beginning and I will forever be grateful for it.  Friendships of past and/or present have been unbelievable and in many ways, still continue to be for many of us.  Thank you for letting me be a part of your lives, the challenging times and the blessings and all the moments in between.

So… how about one more time together??!!  PLEASE mark your calendars for Nov 13 and stop by and say hello. No matter if you were one of the three people at the last meeting or  if you came to one meeting, we haven’t seen you in years, or maybe you never got to come but you meant to… I invite you, urge you to join us next month.
In Him,
Kylene
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If you have attended these meetings before, you know how much the support and fellowship means. It can get through a tough time when your loved one is deployed. Many lives have been touched over the past several years… but change is sometimes necessary in this world. Hope you can stop by! 

If you need more info about the meeting time and location, please visit our webpage http://www.military-missions.org/support/h4h/