Operation Care Package

   It started with sending a letter to a West Point grad from my hometown, then a care package. He wrote back! It was my first "Free Mail." Troops didn't have to pay postage, they just write "FREE MAIL" where the stamp normally goes. He filled the entire card and had to include an index card. My favorite part was him saying I could name a character after him, but "make sure he has a nice southern accent - I can't have no Yankee personifying me!!" I'm a sucker for a man with a sense of humor.

   I sent more packages and when his deployment ended, his family threw a big Welcome Home Party in Charlotte and invited me. Even though I'd never met anyone who'd be there, of course I went. I introduced myself to Kyle and got a huge hug, then he introduced me to his family. It was such a great experience supporting him, that I joined the Books for Soldiers website and started supporting more troops. Lots more!

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