Yesterday, I witnessed love in action. A group of people came together, to honor and support those who are currently serving away from home. We laughed, we ate, we enjoyed an amazing performance by the Satin Dollz. We purchased raffle tickets, and enjoying seeing who won. We bid on auction items. But, we never lost sight of why we were there and who was not there with us.
It is easy to forget that thousands of young people are serving far away from home. It’s easy to go about our days, not knowing they need socks and sanitary pads and a taste of home. It’s also easy to overlook their families, who struggle without them and who worry for their safety.
One box. One box costs $15 to ship. One box takes one person to pack. But one box touches 10 people when it’s opened. One box brings 10 smiles and maybe some tears. One box touches 10 families, who hear about it from their loved ones. Imagine, too, how many others are touched by donating to, packing and hearing about that box.
Yesterday, if you attended the event and bought 20 raffle tickets for $15, you did all that. If you bid on and won a silent auction, you did all that. Just buy purchasing a ticket and enjoying the event, you did all that. You showed up and were counted, and you touched numerous lives like a pebble dropped in still water makes ripples.
You can make a difference in someone’s life, even if you never meet them or learn their names. You can have a direct impact, even if it doesn’t feel like you’ve done anything. When you donate items, help pack a box, or donate any amount of cash to Packages for Patriots, it goes directly to someone whose life is touched by it. And the ripple effect goes on and on.