For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
Yesterday in Arlington Heights, IL was a time to embrace. Mother Goose was invited to help pack care boxes and address labels for a group who supports the troops One Box at a Time. Organized by my friends and Gold Star Mothers, Dawn Hedrick and Linda Stack, this event honors the loving memory of Marine LCpl James B. Stack who was killed in action in service to his country in Afghanistan 2010.
For weeks, residents and community partners have been dropping off “good stuff” to send to the troops in and around the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Some of us have been collecting names and addresses of service members who are deployed to Afghanistan and other places around the world.
“All gave some, some gave all.”
It all came together in one big packing party yesterday afternoon at the American Legion Hall in Arlington Heights as over one hundred volunteers arrived to the great delight of my friends.
Everything from soup to nuts, from tissue to Frisbee’s, from socks to raisins, from tea to toothpaste was quickly separated into convenient “stations” around the hall. The official filling of the boxes began with the beautiful pledge of allegiance which has even more meaning when spoken together with fathers and mothers who have lost a dear loved one in defense of their country and in the name of freedom.
Lunch was provided by the good folks from California Pizza Kitchen who also packed boxes with great passion.
When it was all said and done, we had filled a record-breaking 337 boxes of supplies, treats, magazines, cards and letters to send to the troops, One Box at a Time. AWESOMENESS!
Mother Goose was so proud to play a small role in adding some “positive” back into the world with these wonderful and amazing people! It was a time to remember, a time to make a difference in the lives of our brave troops! God bless the United States of America…