Locals support our troops
Once again, THANK YOU to the Ennis Daily News, which generously gives space to Treats for Troops for each of the four annual shipments to U.S. soldiers. The Ennis Daily News repeatedly informs its readers of shipping dates and the mission to fulfill the simple requests of U.S. soldiers serving in harm’s way. Thank you for always printing the list of Most Requested Items by Soldiers, as well as, the blank Address Forms used by family and friends to include soldiers in Treats for Troops shipments. The 2010 Christmas shipment is successfully on its way due primarily to the publicity you have provided to make the community aware of needs and deadline. Your adorable and energetic staff writer, Kacy Hibdon, surprised us with 25 airtight containers of home-baked cookies that she and her grandmother made together over Thanksgiving. In her Thursday column, Dec. 2, she wrote about the wonderful 6 hours of quality time she experienced with her grandmother as they created this thoughtful gift for soldiers they have never met.
Barbara Qualls, EISD Superintendent, was kind enough to ask a number of Ennis teachers if they would ask their students to make Christmas cards and letters to be enclosed in the Christmas Treats for Troops boxes being sent to approximately 100 soldiers. What an incredible response !!! Just look at the list of schools, teachers and classes who contributed this year! We had hundreds of cards and many full-page letters. They were charming, endearing, respectful, imaginative, amusing and beautiful. We have never been able to enclose so many in each box before this shipment. Each soldier received at least 5 or 6 Christmas greetings.Thank you to our Superintendent, the EISD teachers and all the students, who contributed to filling each soldier’s box with heartfelt messages.
This is especially important for soldiers, who receive nothing from home. Returning soldiers have told us how encouraging receiving these personal messages are to them. They hang them around the barracks as decorations or post them on boards so all the soldiers can read them.
Thank you. also, to all Ellis County citizens and church groups, who, once again, not only provided Christmas cards and letters to be enclosed in the boxes, but donated specific items requested by the troops for their backpacks… and delicious home-baked cookies! These good-hearted individuals not only baked cookies, thoughtfully packed and stored them in air tight containers for shipping, but many of the containers were decorated with Christmas ribbons or in festive Christmas bags, which gave each box the happy look of Christmas. A special thank you to all the anonymous bakers who spent the time baking, packing, wrapping and even attaching personal Christmas messages before delivering cookies to First Christian Church.
Finally, a sincere thank you to all citizens, who help underwrite the shipping costs of sending these boxes to Iraq and Afghanistan. The flat rate military box cost $12.50 to ship and it adds up quickly when you are shipping to 100 soldiers. If anyone reading this would like to contribute to shipping one box to a U.S. soldier, please send a check for $12.50 to First Christian Church, P.O. Box 363, Ennis, Texas 75120. Write “Treats for Troops” in the lower left corner of check. All help is greatly appreciated.
Treats for Troops Coordinator