There’s nothing as wonderful as being with one’s family at Christmas … and there’s nothing harder than being far away.
This Christmas you can make a huge impact by sending a soldier Christmas cheer!
In my newest book, Where Treetops Glisten, my main character Meredith (Merry) is a battlefield nurse during World War II. It’s hard for Merry to be away from home, and receiving letters and packages from her family means a lot. It also means a lot for soldiers serving today.
Would you like to brighten the day of a service person living overseas? The authors of Where Treetops Glisten and our publisher (WaterBrook Multnomah, a division of Penguin Random House) has teamed up to help you do just that!
Purchase books from ANY retailer (physical store or online) and submit your information in the form below.
In addition to the BOGO offer, I’ve compiled some other GREAT ways you can send Christmas cheer to a solider. Keep reading after the offer!
- Buy up to 5 copies of Where Treetops Glisten and our publisher will give 5 books for free from the list.
- The list of available titles is:
- Radical by David Platt
- The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons
- In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson
- Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer
- And of course, Where Treetops Glisten
- Order the book between 11/11 and 11/26 to qualify for the BOGO. Books will be sent out the first week of December to make it there in plenty of time before Christmas.
- This offer is first come, first served…while supplies last.
More ways to send Christmas Cheer!
Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our Military. Each package contains donated product valued at $75-100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than One Million Care Packages.
Want to send a package?
Wish list items. You can gather them or send them directly from Amazon.com!
You can also donate old smartphones, and the proceeds will go to help Operation Gratitude!
Soldiers’ Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families, and a growing veteran population.
Founded in 2003 by the mother of two American soldiers, hundreds of thousands of Soldiers’ Angels “Angel” volunteers assist veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways.
- Deployed Adoptions Team – Individualized support throughout deployment
- Angel Bakers – Homemade treats for the deployed
- Chaplain Support Team – Help chaplains support the troops
- Ladies of Liberty – Extra TLC for deployed females
- Letter Writing Team – Personal letters for the deployed
They also have a great article: Three Ways to Get Your Children Involved
How it started
It was March 26th, 2003. Army Sergeant Brian Horn, one of 1,000 soldiers, parachuted into enemy territory in Northern Iraq.
Five months later, Brian Horn was able to call his parents. They had been sending their son an average of six care packages per week. So when Brian asked his parents to send more, “my wife and I thought he was kidding!” Marty Horn told me. “But Brian said, ‘no — it’s for the soldiers that don’t get any.’
What you do
You select one or more Soldiers from the Where to Send page. You will notice the Soldier’s address includes the line, “ATTN: Any Soldier®” . The Soldiers are volunteers for this effort, they will see the “Attn” line, and will put your letters and packages into the hands of Soldiers who don’t get much or any mail. This effort is 100% voluntary.
Amy Mapes: Check out the website www.anysoldier.com You can find soldiers/airman/marines/sailors by searching name or items that they are requesting. Most soldiers will share care packages with their buddies. Seven years ago I searched for the name “Ian” (that was my son’s name and he had passed away the previous year) I was given the address for a Marine. I sent him a care package and a short letter about my son. Well, Marine Ian and our family have been friends ever since. He carried my son’s picture under his arm band throughout his tour of duty. We were even invited to his wedding. I have even met his mom on Facebook
A few more resources.
- Adopt a Platoon PDF – How to assemble and ship care packages for our troops. How to Send a Care Package.
- Operation Care Packages — Send Santa to the Troops
You CAN be a blessing to a soldier this Christmas!
Start with purchasing copies of Where Treetops Glisten, but don’t stop there!
Spread the word about supporting troops this Christmas! Share on Facebook or Twitter, or join with other friends to make a difference. Just think of all the smiles we can bring to soldiers this year!