It goes without saying that 2020 has been a difficult year. The global pandemic has brought immense challenges to all of us, and things that we used to take for granted – traveling freely and large gatherings for the holidays, for example – present their own unique set of challenges.
As I began to think about the holiday season, I worried, that with such suffering among so many, would we be able to give back to those in need and provide them a very special Christmas? My worries were unfounded thanks to the generosity of so many of you who chose to reach out a loving hand to members of our armed forces and give financial support to ensure a very merry Christmas for them and their families.
Last Thursday, December 17th, eighteen volunteers and myself completed our tenth annual Ft. Hood Christmas Outreach, our event that reaches out to twenty-five active duty soldiers housed in the Soldier Recovery Unit (previously the Warrior Transition Unit) at Ft. Hood, Texas. Along with us we brought twenty-five baskets full of Christmas hams and other seasonal goodies, and thanks to your overwhelming support this year, we were able to fill each Christmas card with $300 in cash. All I can say is, “Wow!” ....
We’ve been doing this for ten years now, and each year brings upon a mix of emotions. It saddens me to see those serving our country recovering from severe wounds, injuries and illnesses. Many of them and their families are struggling emotionally and financially during this trying time in their lives, as they work to make the transition back to their active duty units or into the civilian world.
But being able to provide them with delicious food and financial support also brings me great joy. Talking with these soldiers and the families is always one of the highlights of my own holiday season, and I hope that our Christmas gifts and the personal greetings from our volunteers lifted the spirits of these soldiers. ....
Of course this couldn’t have been the success it was without all of you who contributed to our outreach program. Once again your generosity was overwhelming, allowing us to put $300 into every envelope and fill those Christmas baskets with a few extra items. From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of all those who volunteered their time alongside me, we thank you for your continued support.
And, of course, I have to thank those volunteers who made the trip to Ft. Hood this year. They took a day out of their own busy schedules to bring the spirit of giving to those soldiers who have given so much for us. Please join me in thanking:
Lew & Nikki Duckwall
Judy & Jack Fulton
Jerry & Paula Hill
Greg & Gail Evans
Pat and Pam Waters
Once again, I thank you for your wonderful generosity in support of our active duty troops. Let’s make 2021 even better, and I hope you will consider joining us next year on the trip down to Ft. Hood.
The Christmas Outreach Program is our yearly event to help the most needy soldiers stationed at Fort Hood during the holiday season.
Please consider contributing and/or joining us as a volunteer.