Good Neighbors

A Card or Letter Makes a Big Difference to Those Who Serve

These 2 groups make it easy for you to put a smile on the face of a service person, veteran or their family

Imagine you're halfway across the world. Homesick, maybe lonely, and even a little scared. Then suddenly you get an unexpected card or a letter or a package letting you know that someone thinks you're awesome. It would probably make your day.

That's the goal of two organizations that specialize in supporting our troops, their families, and even veterans with care packages and hand written letters and cards that arrive at a time when they may badly need a word of encouragement. And if you can write a sentence or take a selfie, you can join them.


This organization was founded by Patti Patton-Bader, daughter of a war vet, and whose son was deployed in Iraq. When she found out her son was one of the few soldiers receiving care packages and letters, she rallied her friends and neighbors to send items to his whole platoon.

Nothing like a taste of home when you're far away.

When Patti and her group realized they needed to do more, she built a system to match the needs of soldiers with people back home who wanted to share their skills - like sewing, knitting,, baking and letter writing. They now have an internet community with thousands of Angels worldwide. If you want to join them:


This group was also founded in 2003, and claims to have sent more than 2.3 million packages to those who are deployed, their families, vets and first reponders, thanks to the help of their volunteers.

They have a letter writing team and even a "selfie" campaign, #saythankyouselfie, to send photographs to the troops.

"I want to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you." B.D., deployed

Both websites also have places where you can go and request a letter, card or care package to be sent to someone you know.

(Images & video) Operation Gratitude website and Facebook page , Soldiers' Angels Facebook page )

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