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KC and I are cousins and we both have the military as a part of our lives in one way or another. Of course she's the Air Force wife. She has visited her husband in Japan and tried to keep it together as he was sent to Iraq. He's home now and they just welcomed baby #2 to the family 2 weeks ago. They are stationed at Langley for now so they are only a few hours from us. Me? I'm not married to a military man but my Father in law is a Veteran, my uncle was in the National Guard and I have friends in the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marines. Now that I think about it I have many friends that felt the call of duty to serve our country. I saw first hand how KC had to deal with "Pyro" being away and how being able to be close to family helped her a great deal. We couldn't fill the empty place she had but we did our best to help comfort and support her while she held down the fort at home.
We try and support all branches of the military as much as we can. We send coupons to troops overseas that can use expired coupons from the US at the commissary. We send care packages during the holidays. Little B's class sent letters to some troops to thank them all for what they are doing. Has your family done something to support/ thank our military families for all they do?
Cheerios and the USO have teamed up to make it easy to send military families a special cheer to thank them for their services and sacrifice and support the USO programs with the Cheerios sendCheer campaign. So how do we do this easy act of kindness and gratitude? There are specially marked boxes of Cheerios cereal that have "Cheer" postcards printed on the box that we can cut out. The postcards are pre-addressed to the USO so all we need to do is purchase the Cheerios cereal with the postcard printed on it. Then cut out the postcard, write our message on it, add postage and get it in the mail. The USO will distribute the postcards to military families for us.
In addition to showing the military families how thankful we are for what they do with the postcards we'll be helping the USO too. For each postcard sent Cheerios will make a donation (up to $250,000) to the USO to help fund programs that help support military families.
I think the Send Cheer program is such a wonderful thing. It may seem small but it can mean so much to let our military families know just how much we appreciate what all they do. I'll be taking part and sending Cheer to military families across the country. Will you give thanks and send a little Cheer of your own? Be on the look out for the Cheerios displays at your local Walmart stores.
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