We came across this article on Inman News today about a great couple, Wendy and John Rocca, the founders of Operation American Soldier, who have created this great idea for supplying soldiers with a taste of home. Here’s a bit of the article:
Sometimes, when Wendy and John Rocca open their front door to retrieve the newspaper, they find jars of peanut butter and jelly on their steps.
“We have no idea who delivered them,” said Wendy. But they know where the jars are going — to Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea — anyplace where U.S. troops are serving who need a little something from “back home,” not to mention a written reassurance that someone is thinking about them.
The Roccas are the founders of Operation American Soldier, a Watertown, Mass., charity that each month packs and ships hundreds of “cheer boxes” to servicemen and women abroad, a burgeoning enterprise that began simply enough in 2003 when their daughter, serving in Iraq, asked them to send her some toiletries and snacks she couldn’t acquire locally.
As we were reading the article, it reminded us of the efforts of one of our own in the Mid-Willamette Valley, John Baker, who started Operation Love Box in 2007. We know it’s almost easy to forget about our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, but this is a simple way to say “thanks” and we appreciate you. Please look into supporting Operation Love Box and the work they are doing.
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