Good grief, I was asked to join this online group on FB for Cards and Goody basket packages and pen pals for new recruits, and deployed sailors... well I posted after accepted, and posted about my history of needing cards and generous people came through and got a world of drama on my thread, guys saying that women shouldn't be in the Navy and that I should be home with my children (for which I have none and cannot have any) and that I was a Muslim loving traitor to my country, all kinds of things (they must have looked online at my profile and saw that I am friends with a muslim family... which I am, they are some of my best friends. But it was ridiculous. I left the group, now I've got some psycho woman messaging me on FB saying I have an obligation to write these letters.... well, they didn't issue me any sailors in the brief less than 4 hours I was a member. I am disgusted. That's one of the reasons I left this site six years ago was because of some drama llama who just made everything miserable for me on every thread I was in because I am friends with a gay couple and supported their then holy union. (Before LBGTQ marriage was legalized). If you don't agree with my views that's fine, we're all entitled to our opinions and beliefs, but don't threaten, harass or turn others against me because of it. I finally returned earlier this year and I am so thankful. This message board site has been nothing but friendly and full of love for all.
Anyhow, what I'm getting at is, I would still like to do something for our new military recruits as well as deployed that may not be getting any mail. I was blessed to have a grandmother that wrote me every day, and friends that sent me cards and letters. There are some that aren't so lucky, and feel the pang of loneliness during 'mail call' during boot/basic and during their time of service. Just a little hello card can make a huge difference. I'm going to make contacts with the Great Lakes Navy Recruit Ombudsban to see how I can arrange this. Unfortunately in these days and times we have to go through a lot of security because unfortunately, some people do not have the best of intentions when getting the names and addresses of our men and women serving our country. So if you have any ideas or connections, let me know, or if you would like to participate in this endeavor I would be delighted. Blessings.