• Today's Daily Devotion
Making Sacrifices Worthwhile
Notes like the ones below prove our Operation Santa efforts worthwhile: On behalf of my Marines and Sailors, I would like to take the time to thank you and everyone else responsible for the wonderful stockings.

Making Sacrifices Worthwhile

Patti Smith, Mother of two Marines deployed to Iraq in 2005 and 2007, organizer of Operation Santa in the Midwest.

Notes like the ones below prove our Operation Santa efforts worthwhile:

On behalf of my Marines and Sailors, I would like to take the time to thank you and everyone else responsible for the wonderful stockings. We truly appreciate this noble gesture because we can see that somebody took some of their personal time to make the stockings to include filling them. My men and women noticed this and were deeply touched by the kindness and generosity displayed. Gestures like these truly make everything we do worthwhile because it tells us that America cares about their men and women who are out here serving their country. Being away from our loved ones during the holidays is difficult, but we knew and understood the sacrifices we would be making when we signed on the dotted line. It truly is an honor and pleasure to serve our country. Once again, please thank every person who contributed to the wonderful stockings on behalf of the RED DRAGONS. We would also like to wish you and your families Happy Holidays and may God bless you all as well.

Sgt Maj Diaz, Red Dragons

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Men and Women of the Central Illinois Proud Families of Marines,

I received several boxes of stocking from your organization over the past couple weeks. Tonight I passed them out to my company. Needless to say, they were very well received. A small token from home goes a long way. For many of my Paratroopers, this will be their first Christmas away from home. For other Soldiers, like myself, it is yet another Christmas away from home (four years in a row I have spent Christmas in a new country!). For all of us, the stockings are a token demonstrating that there are great Americans back home who support us and make our daily sacrifices worthwhile…

Please continue the prayers as well, each one certainly makes a difference.

Respectfully, CPT Jeremy Riegel

Commander, HHC 173d Special Troops Battalion

Jalalabad, Afghanistan

It has been said “a child shall lead them …” and if it weren’t for my sons’ enlistment, this journey, although incredibly painful at times, would have never taken place. I have a depth that only comes through pain and sacrifice. My babies have become my heroes, and I cannot do enough for those who serve to defend the United States of America the greatest country in the world!

Prayer:

Father, show me where I can be making a difference in someone else’s life.


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