The 12 Days of a Scout Christmas has become one of our favorite traditions on the Voice of Scouting, and we hope you will visit every day, beginning Friday, Dec 14, to find inspiring Christmas messages based on doing a good turn daily. On the second day of Christmas, we would like to share with you ways you can do a good turn by supporting members of our military this winter.

The Second Day of Christmas

We’re exactly 10 days from Christmas, so it’s time to spread some Christmas cheer and send a letter and or care package to a deployed military member. It is very hard to be away from loved ones during the holidays. So, we challenge you to do a good turn daily and serve these members and raise morale during the holiday season. 

Adopt a US Soldier

Being deployed is a stressful time for many military members. They are far from home and far from any family. The Adopt a US Soldier program provides a way for others to support troops while they are deployed. According to Adopt a US Soldier website, “you can choose to Adopt A US Soldier by sending a weekly letter or postcard and optional care package to a single soldier for the duration of their deployment OR register through Project Frontlines for a one-time donation to a unit.”

Sending a message to a military member provides you and your Scout the opportunity to thank them for their service. Writing to deployed military members can make a large impact on their morale. A single letter can brighten their day and help them through their deployment.

Send Joy in the Form of a Care Package

In an article about military morale, The New York Times discussed how just a simple care package filled with anything can drastically improve military members day while deployed. It’s the thought that really counts here. These members are working hard putting their life on the line and many are looking for signs that someone cares. Packages from Home has several programs you can help out military members. This organization’s original message is to get packages sent overseas to military members to thank them for their service. They even have another program called Packages for Hope that provides hygiene, food, and recreational items to military members that are transitioning, homeless, and at-risk veterans.

Sending a care package can be fun for the whole family. A lot of people like to make a themed box. For example, you can make your theme Super Heroes and decorate the box with quotes and figures that are superheroes. Grab some arts and crafts, decorate the box, and then fill it up with goodies from home. Here are some recommendation on what to fill your box with:

  • non-perishable food
  • necessities such as toiletries
  • books
  • games
  • a friendly handwritten letter
  • snacks
    • beef jerky
    • taco bell sauce packets
    • sunflower seeds

For tips on what troops usually like to receive for, visit here.

Doing a Good Turn Can Change a Life

Doing a good turn can be big or small, however, “Good Turns are often small, thoughtful acts,” says the US Scouting Services Project. Your effort will change someone’s day no matter how big or small. It could also possibly get them through the rest of their deployment as these messages and gifts have shown to improve morale. Send a message, send a box, send a little bit of Christmas. 

 

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is a Westminster College graduate who majored in communication and minored in environmental studies. She is currently a Marketing Associate at the Utah National Parks Council. She loves to travel and get outside as often as she can. Growing up overseas on military bases she fulfilled her desires to travel to many different countries. After high school, she returned stateside to pursue her passion for the environment and acquire her Bachelor's degree.

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