National Service Serving Military and their families and Veterans in Montana

The Montana CNCS State Office launched a statewide campaign for all National Service members to support Montana Supporting Soldiers by collect items for soldiers serving overseas. Each of the projects collected items, wrote cards, and signed banners.  Also Senior Corps projects developed a service project at the annual Governor’s Conference on Aging, where conference attendees could donate items, write cards, and sign banners.

Thank you letter received from an active-duty serviceman:

Dear Volunteers,

I would like to thank you for the number of care packages that you have sent me in the last couple of months. Your support to the Montanan Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines deployed throughout the world is GREATLY appreciated. The packages seem to arrive at the most opportune times for me. Just when I am feeling low and missing home, a package magically appears in the mail with my name on it from your organization. I am sure this is a coincidence, but a welcome one none the less. I especially enjoy all the cards and letters from the children in the schools and day cares. Some are very well put together and some are just downright funny; all show an amazing level of creativity. I share everything in the packages with my friends and coworkers here, and all get that "warm and fuzzy" feeling from the cards and letters. Don't get me wrong, the candy is also VERY welcome.

I was born and raised (well, got older anyway) in Montana. My parents taught me values that seem to have not been taught to many of the people I meet around the world. It is good to know that those of you in Montana that spend countless amounts of time and energy on these projects, still live by the values that my parents taught me. You are all kind and generous people,
and your efforts are greatly appreciated over here.

Again, thank you all so much. I will be in Montana this spring (for the first time in two years) and would love to help in any way I can.

Thank You Very Much,

Captain Mike Knuchel
US Army

This effort started as a month-long service project in May, 2010 and is still going strong. Boxes are sent out on a regular basis, and our Congressmen have supported the effort. Senator Baucus’, Senator Tester’s, and Congressman Rehberg’s field offices have all been collection points where they, in turn, transport the collections to the Montana Supporting Soldiers headquarters in Helena.

For more information on how to get involved visit: Montana Supporting Soldiers

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