Today we sent our first package to the soldier we signed up to "sponsor." He is in the Army and currently serving in Iraq. One of the items he requested was a blanket-- here's what I whipped up quickly (I'll probably make him a quilt later, but wanted to get this first package shipped off ASAP). It folds up into a pocket sewn on one end (shown in second picture). I thought the stars and navy blue field were handsome and appropriate (hope he likes it too)
Here's a shot of everything we sent in the package. It ended up being a pretty good-sized box of stuff!
Let me take this chance to encourage my readers to support our troops in any way you can, whether it be sending care packages or letters directly to them overseas, participating in programs such as Quilts of Valor, which provides quilts to wounded soldiers in hospitals stateside, or simply remembering our fighting men and women in your prayers. When it comes down to it, it just doesn't matter how you feel politically or whatever about the war itself--we should be willing to support our fellow citizens who are risking life & limb in the service of our country. **exiting soapbox now**