This is probably one of our most favorite projects that we are involved with at Sklar. About 8 or 9 years ago we heard about a family in Florida who had four relatives currently in Iraq and three or four others who had already done one or more tours. We were awestruck by this one family’s commitment to their country and asked if there was anything we could do.
This was when we heard about sending care packages to the military – either someone specific or to a Chaplain who would distribute them to soldiers – men and women who just never seemed to receive mail or boxes. We were in! Since that day many years ago we routinely send anywhere from 4-10 boxes every month to wherever the need is greatest. The US Post office makes it easy with boxes designed for just this reason – fill it to the top, no weight restriction and it is a fixed rate.
Some of the things we put in the boxes are items that you would expect – toothpaste, toothbrushes, snack food like nuts and granola bars, mac and cheese, books, batteries, magazines and more. All of these are relatively inexpensive and a run to Costco has it pretty much covered. However on one occasion we asked what they would really like – blue sky if you will. The list will break your heart – new pillowcases because they cannot get theirs clean and they smell badly; bounce sheets for the same reason – they put the sheets in their boots, their helmets and in their pillows so they have a fresh smell; new socks because theirs have holes in them and new tee shirts. Lastly they ask for letters – several of our staff have young children and they have them write letters to these brave men and women and I understand these are cherished possessions.
This is a new project that the whole Sklar team is very excited about! The owners of Sklar recently learned of a family with four relatives serving in Iraq and were moved to show their appreciation for America’s soldiers. Every month, Sklar’s employees fill four APO mailing boxes to the brim with food, snacks, coffee, tea, movies, books, magazines, playing cards, you name it! These boxes are shipped overseas to deployed troops serving in the Armed Forces. From what we hear, Easy Mac is a big hit!
This is a project that we will continue until the last of our troops are back home – I know it is a labor of love for all of us here at Sklar Furnishings.