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Card Writer Focus:
Our Young Writers ROCK!
It was our pleasure to receive a package of wonderfully written cards and letters this month from the students who attend Max Charter School in Louisiana.
These patriotic kiddos honor our troops every morning by reciting the pledge of allegiance and the Preamble to the United States Constitution.
Thank you to Ms. Purvis and her class for supporting Operation Prayers & Letters!
Send Cards & Letters to:
Marine's Name & Company
P.O. Box 758
Columbia, Missouri 65205
|Me, sorting letters at home. |
Happy New Year!
It's hard to believe that just a little over a year ago, I was asked to take over as manager of Operation: Prayers and Letters™. I am constantly amazed at the outpouring of support from all over the United States in the form of cards and letters. To date, approximately 9,000 pieces of mail have been sorted, with the help of many volunteers, on the kitchen counter-top in our home.
Countless prayers for healing and encouragement have been said, a few tears have been shed, lots of laughter has been shared, and tons of volunteers have cared enough to help transfer these very important messages to our Wounded Heroes and their families each month.
Thank you, as always, for your consistent support of such an important outreach program.
Update on Cpl. Craig:
What a Difference a Year Can Make....
Cpl. Craig's mom, Vandi, tells us he continues to make steady improvements in all areas and his vision is noticeably better. In December 2012 things were very grim for Cpl. Craig but, as his mom put it so well, like any great Marine, instead of giving up, he decided to take on the challenge of SURVIVING!!!
It sounds as if Cpl. Craig's love of music has been extremely instrumental in his recovery. Once the headphones are on and the tunes are streaming, the grimace disappears from his face as he relaxes, and the restless movements and the tension in his body seem to disappear. At one point recently, he even sat up so straight and strong in his chair that his mom removed his protective helmet....which lifted the corporal's spirits even more!
Cpl. Craig passed his swallow test with flying colors, so now they are taking baby steps at introducing some foods to his diet again in supervised trials, with custard and Mom's homemade applesauce the first items on the menu. Apparently, the speech therapist had initially suggested "store bought applesauce," which nearly made Vandi laugh out loud! To put it in her words: "As if my son's first meal will be crap in a can! He will have homemade applesauce and vanilla custard!" And I say, YOU GO MOM!!!
Cpl. Craig is enjoying the correspondence he has received from all of you in his Operation Prayers and Letters packages. Keep writing and encouraging him in the days ahead, as in a few weeks he will undergo a surgical procedure on his skull. Cpl. Craig and his family all appreciate and value your support so much.
Click here to learn more about Cpl. Craig...
Your Support is Appreciated!
Sgt. Tom Sends His "Thanks"
The following is a message from Megan on behalf of her brother, Sgt. Tom:
"Sgt. Tom wishes to send "Thank Yous" to everyone across the nation for the countless cards, letters of support, pictures from students in school, and "wishes of Good Will" extended to him and his family. This is a long journey of healing and the support in prayer is felt in all of the hearts of his family"
December was a month of recovery and rehab exercises for Tom. He returned to his base earlier in the month where he continued his therapy. He underwent foot surgery to realign bones to speed up the healing process and with another two months of recovery, he should be able to walk on his own! The doctors are watching the strength in his eye very closely as it will take a while to heal, but it is showing signs of improvement.
Mission Statement & Thank You
OperationPAL™ provides support -- through prayers and letters from the general public -- to military members who have been injured or become ill while serving in combat zones. This outreach program encourages support of our wounded heroes in communities throughout the United States.
Thank you so very much for remembering our wounded and ill when you write and pray. Your kindness is most appreciated!