Group Donates Easter Baskets for Month of Military Child
By Sharon Foster
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2009 A California based troop-support group has collected and mailed more than 600 Easter baskets as part of April’s observance of the Month of the Military Child.
“Because the Easter bunny and children go hand-in-hand, our Easter project was directly targeted to the children,” said Karla Davis, Pennsylvania state coordinator for Soldiers’ Angels. “We were blessed enough with support for sending out over 610 Easter baskets this year. There were also several hundred gift cards sent with the baskets to help the parents in purchasing Easter dinner.”
The majority of the baskets went directly to Fisher Houses and military bases to be distributed to military children.
“Fisher Houses and military bases have contacted me already, to say, ‘Wow, we received the Easter baskets,’” Caren Vink, vice president of Soldiers' Angels, said. “They say, ‘This was awfully nice of Soldiers' Angels outreach to honor our families.’ This mission focused on supporting military families with children here at home for the Easter holidays.”
Soldiers' Angels collected Easter items by posting a letter of invitation on the group’s Web site several months ago, asking Americans to support military families with children for the Easter holiday. Americans were asked to drop off Easter baskets at different Soldiers' Angels locations.
“We had such a great outpouring by our donors and angels,” Vink said. “We had many donors that were prepared to send pre-filled Easter baskets, sealed bags of Easter candy and gift cards across the country to these kids.”
Military families not at Fisher Houses or military bases were able to request Easter baskets via e-mail.
In the past, Davis said, Soldiers’ Angels had received many requests for help with purchasing Easter baskets and felt honored to reach out to military families during the Month of the Military Child.
“These children are making as many sacrifices for our country as our heroes,” she said. “They are lending their hero to the entire world. Soldiers' Angels has always paid particular attention to military children during this month and every month.”