Adult Participants of Stepping Stones Mail Care Packages to Our Troops
Date posted: December 3, 2018Participants of Stepping Stones’ BeauVita West Adult Day Services program understand how important it is to support our troops.
This giving season, they completed their second annual ‘Care Package’ project. Collecting food, batteries and personal hygiene items, the adults assembled and mailed twelve packages to members of the 3rd Platoon from 259 HR Co. In addition to the personal care items, the adults also included handwritten cards and letters to thank the troops for their service to our country.
Preparing care packages for our troops became a passion project for the adults. “Supporting the troops gave our participants – who a lot of the time are recipients of gifts – the chance to give back,” shared Adult Day Services Director Kim Lanthorn.
“It was amazing watching them at the post office,” she continued. “When we brought over the care packages, there was a very long line. But our guys stood there with nothing but smiles on their faces. By supporting our troops, they are able to engage in real life topics and have the chance to take pride in their part to give back. They get to tell all of their friends and family about what they did to support our troops at Stepping Stones.”
A few weeks after their trip to the post office, our participants were in for a special surprise when the troop mailed back to them pictures of them opening the thoughtfully prepared care packages. Enclosed was also a thank you letter from the troop that read, “Words cannot express how much we really appreciate the support we received!!! Every package felt like opening presents on Christmas Day and it was a great morale booster.”
The troops letter continued, “Even though we’re doing our job – it made us feel even more appreciated to receive a package filled with love from a perfect stranger.”