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Well if you read my introduction post, you’d see why this post may be difficult for me. There is one thing that I’m sort of passionate about, but I’m hesitant to share it because it’s an idea for a business that I have, that I haven’t seen elsewhere. And if I share, and someone who has the means to carry out my idea actually takes the idea….get it? I’m not very creative to begin with and someone taking my idea wouldn’t go over well in my mind. But I’ll try to divulge as much as I can without giving it all away. What’s life without a little mystery right?
So my ultimate goal has to do with putting a smile on the faces of those who serve our country, whether it be first responders, troops, teachers, volunteers, etc. When September 11, 2001 happened, like most people, I remember exactly where I was. I was in my 7th grade English class when my math teacher brought her class in (and rolled the TV in) and turned on the news. I remembered feeling sad for the people who had lost their lives and for the families who had experienced this tragedy. Also, living so close to Washington, DC, many of my classmates felt worried after learning that a plane had crashed into the Pentagon, and like most of those kids, I worried whether or not my dad would be coming home. He did not work in the Pentagon, but his train passed the Pentagon on the way home, and so I can only imagine everyone’s worry about getting home that day. I remember being given the next day off of school so that we could be with our families. In October or November, I remember my mom taking me to the fabric store to pick out some fleece to make a blanket. I chose the most patriotic fabric I could find as I was on this patriotic high, as that was just the thing to do at that time.
Fast forward to 2008…I met a boy who served (and still is serving) in the United States Marine Corps. He and I got very close and I always wanted to send him a care package or something, but he always said he didn’t want anything, So I went on with my life…come 2013, when I discovered a bunch of websites to that allowed you to send letters and care packages to troops serving overseas. I fell in love with that idea and tried to send as much as I could. Some would say I got a little carried away, but I loved just putting everything together and sending it out, knowing that it would make their day to receive a piece of home. Looking back to my USMC friend, it got me thinking. There are all of these services that allow us to send stuff to troops…but not many services for troops to send things home. Therein lies my passion (or at least I think it is my passion and I want it to be my passion). While this ‘story’ hasn’t had the chance to develop into something more than just an idea in my head, I hope that one day, I’ll be able to turn my idea into reality and be able to also serve those who serve us.