As much as I love slow talking, cowboy hat wearing Trace Adkins, I was gratified to see that Donald Trump awarded Piers Morgan as the Celebrity Apprentice. One million dollars was awarded to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund:
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in supporting the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. Begun in 2000 under the auspices of the Intrepid Museum Foundation, and established as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2003, the Fund has provided close to $60 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans.
The fact that Piers advocated for this charity so eloquently more than outweighed his supposed prickly demeanor. What struck me is how rare it is to see the war effort talked about in a supportive way, and I was thrilled when the money went to such a good effort. (Thank God for Brits like Piers, by the way.)
Additionally, some of you may want to know an update on another effort for the troops. For those of you who have participated in Operation Send-a-Box, you cannot imagine how successful this effort has been. Not only have they had enough boxes to give to every single Sabre soldier, they’ve also given boxes to a Marine detachment on the FOB, to our 58 Ugandan gate guards, and to 175 soldiers who are on a base even more isolated than theirs. Packages have come from 32 states and from Australia. Everyone has gotten clean sheets, clean towels, movies, toiletries, reading material, and snacks. Word of Operation Send-a-Box has even reached “The Man” himself, General Petraeus (in a roundabout way through David’s friend). And all that was a couple of weeks ago. Since then, boxes have still been coming in. Several hundred (as of last report) are still being distributed, to the lowest ranked soldiers first.
I was walking past our motor pool the other day and saw an entire platoon of mechanics busily writing. I asked the platoon sergeant what they were doing. “Writing thank you notes for the boxes, sir.”
Also, check out this gentleman from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania:
The comforts of home are winging their way to soldiers in Iraq, thanks to the efforts of a local man and contributions from area residents.
Mark Martin of Waynesboro said he wasn’t sure what to expect when he first announced his plans to send care packages to soldiers through Operation Send-a-Box.
“At first donations dwindled in slowly and I had doubts we would reach our goal,” Martin said. “Then with my second appeal for help as a letter to the editor in The Record Herald people really started responding.
“The community came through and exceeded my goal of 100,” noted Martin, who delivered 118 cartons of goodies to Waynesboro’s post office Saturday to be weighed and prepared for mailing.
“I’m sure as they eat the snacks, watch the movies and sleep on new bed sheets they will know they have not been forgotten back home and will appreciate the surge of support we’ve shown for them.”
This weekend, Mark was able to send off 118 boxes! Have you sent your boxes? If you haven’t, send them on. For more information, please visit Operation Send-a-Box, and thanks again for all of your support.