When my extended family gathers for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, we will all be thinking of my cousin, Pvt. 1st Class Brian Collins. Brian will be spending his holidays at Fort Bragg, N.C., preparing for his upcoming deployment overseas.
In order to show our support and gratitude for Brian's service to our country, we worked together to create a holiday care package for him, complete with a homemade craft. This is a great family project for the holiday season.
There are many online resources that provide step-by-step information on how to assemble military care packages. Good options include Any Soldier, Operation Gratitude, Give 2 The Troops or U.S. Troop Care Package. Here are four tips to an easy package that will bring a smile to a soldier:
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.
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