What started out as a woman thinking aloud in an email thread has become our fourth Individual Initiative. GGI charter member Virginia Kruta called the USO to make sure they would be open on Christmas Eve so she could bring baked goods to any troops
who may have found themselves stranded at the airport, as they were desperately trying to get home to their families for Christmas.
As many fellow patriots jumped on the bandwaggon, the idea took off. “I thought to myself, we are going to be driving right by Lambert around 3 pm on Christmas Eve anyway. These men and women selflessly put their very lives on the line for us everyday. We should be waiting in line just to hug them.” explained Jen Ennenbach, another member of Gateway Grassroots “Even if there is only one soldier there, that worth it for me.”
Please take the time this weekend to remember our troops, and bring a bit of Christmas to them at your local USO. It could mean the difference between a lonely, frustrating weekend and a treasured Christmas memory. Afterall, that is the least these brave men and women deserve.
***UPDATE***: Word is already coming in of leaders organizing Scout Troops to head out to the USO on Christmas to bring Christmas to troops!