Saturday, July 14, 2007

Assisted Living Residents Remember the Importance of Wartime Letters/Packages

During wartime it is so important to send cards, letters, and packages to our soliders. They are in stange lands, sometimes fighting for causes that are complicated and unclear, and wondering if anyone at home gives a darn about what they face every morning when they open their eyes.

The residents of Sierra Springs Assisted Living Home in Hartselle, Alabbama remember all too well the sacrafices of WWII. Recently they partnered with to launch Operation Red, White, and Blue.

They are collecting packages and letters to send to US soliders overseas. The drive began on the 4th of July and will continue until the 18th.

Irene Sullins, who lives at Sierra Springs, remembers that during WWII she sent hundreds of letters to her husband who served in the army. She wrote to him everyday during his two year absence. In an interview with the Hartselle Enquirer, she said. "I remember his serial number yet and as old as I am, I still know his serial number that I put on his letters." Now she writes to her grandson who is currently serving in Iraq. "I pray for him every night," she stated.

Irene is participating in Operation Red, White, and Blue. The program is especially important to the four Sierra Springs residents who served during World War II and other residents who either have served or currently have family members and loved ones serving overseas.

The town of Hartselle is excited about Operation Red, White and Blue. "As we get the word out, we are getting more and more people that have come forward to encourage us and to help us any way that they can," Mary Thomason, marketing director for the center, said. "It's growing into a community-wide effort." Senior Circle of Hartselle has also joined the effort and several businesses are providing financial support to offset shipping costs and donating supplies for the packages.

It's encouraging to see people from every walk of life contributing to the morale of our faithful soliders. With the recent mindset of our country, the men and women in Iraq must be wondering where they stand with the average American. No matter the sentiment about a specific conflict, it's important to remember the individuals who've pledged, with their lives, to trust the judgement of our country's elected leaders.

To start your own campaign, like Operation Red, White, and Blue or to send an individual package go to and brighten the day of a tired and faithful warrior.


Kali said...

I think everyone living in this country should at one point put their political beliefs aside and thanks a soldier. Do something for his or her family. Send something. Or just thank a soldier for their service when you pass them by. Thanks for posting this and reminding us all that the only person willing to die for us (aside form your mother) is a fellow soldier.

Scott ryan said...

nice blog. people must come forward to help them.