Several readers have written to us to say, I’m ready to bake cookies or dye Easter eggs for care packages, but I don’t know any soldiers serving overseas. Here’s your chance to send some American cheer to Iraq. In early April, the 108th Military Police (MP) Company (Airborne) from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, will deploy to Iraq for 12 months. They will be performing Law and Order operations in three different parts of the country. Some of these men and women will be on their third, fourth, and even fifth overseas tours. We’re ready to put all our care package skills to work: We are going to adopt the 50 or so single soldiers in the 108th MP Company. Will you help? It promises to be an uplifting task.
We’re still working out the details, but these are the basics:
- Christine’s brother Captain Matthew Hofmann will be these soldiers’ Commander. He will keep us updated on their progress and let us know what items they really need.
- Here at TheStrengthBehindtheStrong.com, we will be with you every step of the way. We’ll keep you organized so that this is a stress-free project. We’ll brainstorm interesting themes for care packages or letters, which you will send every six weeks or so. Our goal is to be creative but thrifty; we’re in a recession, after all. And we’ll share your stories and together count down the days until our soldiers return home.
- Each participant will send their letters and/or packages directly to a soldier in Iraq.
- For security reasons, we won’t publish the soldiers’ names and addresses online; we’ll send those by email. However, we’ll use this website and Facebook to make general announcements.
Are you interested in participating? Please email Christine Hofmann-Bourque at email@example.com.
Military morsel: The 108th MP Company is part of Fort Bragg’s 16th Military Police Brigade, which is the only Airborne MP brigade in the U.S. Army. In plain English? These soldiers are trained to jump out of planes and parachute to wherever they are needed.