OT - Interesting Volunteer Opportunity To Help The Families Of Our Troops

I just spent a few hours volunteering with an organization called Full Circle Home.
http://www.fullcirclehome.org/
I'll call it a "Reverse Care Package" system. The organization collects small, donated gifts (perfume, key chains, chocolates, etc.) and then gift wraps and packages them so that the troops can send the gifts back to their loved ones at home.
The troops fill out a form and write a handwritten note before deploying. Full Circle Home collects the forms, puts the notes in a box with various gifts and then sends them to the loved ones at home. They do a Christmas mailing, a Mother's Day mailing, etc. They also include a small package of tissues in each box. The troops never actually see the package, since they are all mailed from the states, but they do get a list of what is in the box so that they know what their loved ones will receive.
The organizers told me that some people rip into the boxes as soon as they get it, others wait until they are skyping with their loved one overseas and open one small box each time they talk, others gather family members together and open the gifts as a group.
I gotta admit, it brought a tear or two my eyes. For those with some spare time, you might want to consider contacting Full Circle Home and finding out if they have a chapter near you or know of a similar organization that you could help out.
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On Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 11:23:04 AM UTC-5, DerbyDad03 wrote:

Nice of you to volunteer. They have a nice website but I don't see that they have any local chapters. I suspect they do it all from their NY location.
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