Tahoe woman encourages letters to troops
With the holidays quickly approaching, one Tahoe woman is determined to make a difference in the lives of those who are serving overseas.
“They are giving more than we will ever know personally for our country and all of the people that live here,” said Kim Price who worked at First Centennial Title’s Incline Village office, which “adopted” a soldier through a charity called Web of Support last year.
Last year Carson City resident PJ Degross started WebofSupport.com, a program that places soldiers with families who adopt them for their entire deployment overseas.
Since then, some 600 soldiers have received care packages, letters and cards, while many of their families at home have also received much-needed help.
Degross has gotten numerous letters of appreciation not just from soldiers, but from people who have adopted a soldier and felt the satisfaction of helping others.
My members tell me that doing this wonderful program makes their hearts smile every day,” Degross said.
“My members tell me that doing this wonderful program makes their hearts smile every day,” Degross said. “There are so many personal rewards to giving of your time and energy to support a soldier, it is giving a gift that returns ten-fold.”
Soldiers’ Angels is another organization that enlists the help of area residents to support the troops.
In the summer of 2003, Sgt. Brandon Varn. Brandon wrote home from Iraq expressing his concern that some soldiers did not receive any mail or support from home.
His mother contacted a few friends and extended family to ask if they would write to a soldier or two and within a few short months, Soldiers’Angels became an Internet community with thousands of “angels” worldwide.
“It’s the satisfaction of knowing you’re giving them things they can’t get otherwise – things they need, things they want,” said Don Lindsay, a Carson City resident who has adopted four soldiers with his wife, Pat.
The couple is also part of the Soldiers’ Angels letter-writing team. They receive 25 new names per week.
Each month, the pair picks up about 30 new pen-pals for a total of about 140 soldiers they write regularly.
“We love it, we get so much out of it,” Don Lindsay said.