A Christmas Eve Email from a Deployed Heroine
From: Rachael (hero deployed in Africa) Wednesday, December 24, 2014 2:18 PM
To: Ruth ( a Homefront Hugs volunteer )
Subject: Happy Holidays!
Dear Ruth, ( and all the girls in your Girl Scout troop)
Happy Holidays! I hope this letter finds you and your family well. I received your letter and your package a couple of days ago and I cannot overstate how grateful I am for your kindness and generosity. It is a little rough being away from home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so your words and thoughtfulness brought a most welcome warmth to my Christmas Eve.
The pictures that you included of your girls were precious. I was not involved with Girl Scouts when I was younger, but it always seemed like a wonderful, nurturing environment for building friendships and life skills. I am honored to have your support!
You sound like you have a beautiful family. It must be so wonderful to have your children and your grandchildren so close. I’m sure they holidays are a busy time of year with so many families involved, but I bet it’s wonderful. I definitely miss the days when Christmas meant big family gatherings, traditions, and merriment.
You asked me to tell you and your girls a little bit about myself, so here goes. I am from a small town in north Georgia, about 45 minutes northeast of Atlanta. I have one little sister who just turned 17, and she is my favorite person in the whole world. My mom still lives near where I grew up, but my dad now lives in the Dallas suburbs. I graduated from high school in 2008 and went to college at West Point in New York where I played softball and studied philosophy. When I graduated in 2012, I was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, and I have been there ever since.
I am currently serving in a Construction Engineer Battalion. We are here to help build Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) here in Liberia. I am the Executive Officer for the 104th Vertical Engineer Company, and we have had a lot of amazing opportunities to do great things here in Liberia. My Soldiers have been able to work on the ETUs as well as mobile testing labs that facilitate rapid testing of blood samples for Ebola; they have renovated old barracks buildings to provide decent living quarters for our task force; and they have supervised many projects that have been contracted out to third parties. The trend in Liberia regarding the spread of Ebola is down to three new cases a day, which is great news for us all. Looks like we might even get to come home a little early!
Again, thank you so much for your package. I am a voracious reader and I was especially excited to see that you included two books that I haven’t read! And it was very nice of you to introduce yourself and tell me about your family. Please tell your troop that their support means the world to me and I am forever grateful. If they (or you) have any questions for me, I would love to answer them.
Have a great Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!
Wishing You and Yours the Best,
(Rachel is one of our Ebola heroes stationed in Africa . We have many more who need adoption now at Homefront Hugs .)
This was just a taste of the types of letters one might receive if you too adopted a hero ! Just read some of our other posts here and email Adoptions@HomefrontHugs.org if you are interested in having your own soldier to spoil in Africa or the Middle East who has no support . We have over 450 troops who need some TLC and a care package for a few months …as they have no support.
And if you can’t adopt right now, please consider a donation towards our missions at Homefront Hugs which continue past the holidays and where no hero is forgotten . You can help on the right here or go to our page above called ” Never Forget. “
Thank you from all of us at Homefront Hugs and our heroes in need.
Happy New Year to all of you and please help our missions continue by volunteering from home or work or helping with a small donation . Savor those moments as my best friend Steve has always said … and we have .
In peace ,
Homefront Hugs Founder