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‘Treats for Troops’ time is here again

It’s Treats for Troops time again folks and American service men and women overseas need our help.
The First Christian Church of Ennis and Treats for Troops coordinator Harriett Adams send four shipments per year of various items that hopefully make the challenging conditions our military members deal with a little more tolerable.

This project is something that relies on volunteers to meet the needs at hand. It’s a worthy cause to try to bring comfort to men and women fighting in harm’s way and it’s a story I look forward to sharing with the community each time it comes around.

Taking the time to pick up a few extra items the next time you stop by Wal-Mart or one of the grocery stores will not even be a blip on the radar of your day but for a soldier when they find those things might be the best part of their day.

Non-perishable snack items like beef jerky are always a hit and sample-size toiletry articles that can be stored in a soldier’s backpack make great items.

Paperback books are also a great thing to include.

A big hit with our military members though is homemade goods.

Taking some time out of your Sunday to bake cookies or brownies that can be stored in air-tight containers could make for a very special day in the life of someone who is thousands of miles away from home.

Also, I’m told, hand-written notes of gratitude for service or well wishes could mean a lot to a soldier who may be feeling forgotten.
Why not make contributing to Treats for Troops a family thing? Get the kids together to bake and decorate cookies or have them create homemade cards with their artwork to pass along. Odds are you’ll make great family memories while instilling a sense of volunteerism and making a difference for service men and women.

I’ve had the privilege of contributing once and it was a great experience I would recommend to anyone looking to give back.

Whatever your method of choice, helping this cause is a worthwhile effort and something we can all take part in.

Our military service men and women throughout the world in harm’s way and at home sacrifice of their time and effort to maintain freedoms often taken for granted.

It’s time to let them know how much their service is appreciated.

Kacy Hibdon is a staff writer at the Ennis Daily News and an avid promoter of Treats for Troops and any effort that shows gratitude to our military. She can be reached at kacy@ennisdailynews.com.

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