Turns out that supporting a soldier is super easy. And who doesn't want to say hey! thanks for being awesome mr./miss/mrs soldier!
After doing some relatively quick online research, we decided to use the website www.anysoldier.com
It's pretty easy to get started. You can search the "where to send" tab and see a listing of comments from volunteer soldier contacts. These people are able to comment on the website, and list items that they need or want. You can select any soldier that interests you. You can even search the site if you are looking for specific needs, a specific country, a specific branch, male/female, etc. And, one thing that I think is SUPER cool, is that the care packages sent are then passed along to the soldiers that need them most - or those who typically receive the least. pure. awesome.
Once you find the soldier who you think is a good fit, you simply input your email information, and you are emailed their address. That's it! One important bit of info is that you cannot send food in the same box as non-perishables. So if you choose to participate, keep that in mind.
For Camden and I, we weren't picky so choosing our soldier was super easy. He is actually a Sailor (cool!) and is requesting toiletries and coffee. Hey, those are things that I need too.
So - off we went to the store. Our guy, John, had also mentioned that they liked getting letters and pictures from kids. So I told Cam that it would be nice if he wrote a letter. He was silent for several minutes - which is unusual. When I asked him why he was so quiet, he said he was just thinking about how happy our soldier would be when he got our letter. True, true.
Picking up our items was easy, quick, and not very expensive :)
That's Cam with the razors. To be truthful about this, the first time I asked him to pose, he gave me a grumpy face. Because that's the way he is. He's not a cooperative kid. When I told him to come on, look happy, we're helping a soldier here, he recovered and gave me this cute little smile. Much improved.
Once we were home, he got to work on his letter, which gave me a few minutes to find a box and pack things up.
And the finished product.
He did a great job. No input from me at all. A+ kid!
In the end, we had enough to fill a decent sized box.
Somewhere in Qatar, there will be one clean-shaven sailor.